Inside the Wonderfully Weird World of Mckenna Grace
Girls' Life magazine|October/November 2021
Who ya gonna call? If you’re searching for one of this generation’s brightest talents, hit up Mckenna Grace.
AMANDA MONTELL

“I’m an odd person,” announces actress Mckenna Grace with a self-aware laugh. “I never do things normally.”

We agree: Mckenna is definitely anything *but* run-of-the-mill. First, her formidable career sets her apart. You might know the 15-year-old actress for appearing as the kid version of grown-up protagonists in hit movies and TV shows: She’s played young everyone, from Kiernan Shipka in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to Margot Robbie in I, Tonya to Brie Larson in Captain Marvel.

Thanks to her chic bob with curtain bangs and Bambi-ish sloping eyes, Mckenna may have a lot of celebrity doppelgangers, but she is fully ready to be her own person (and already is, to be honest).

This fall, Mckenna is starring in perhaps her biggest project yet: Ghostbusters: Afterlife, one of the year’s most anticipated blockbusters, set for release in theaters Nov. 11. It’s the latest sequel in the cult-following supernatural comedy franchise, which started with the iconic Ghostbusters movie in 1984.

BORN TO ACT

Originally from a sleepy Texas suburb, Mckenna wasn’t born into the business, but her family clocked her performing talent early. (“She always sang and danced and skipped everywhere. She’s just so outgoing,” her grandma once told their local news.)

After she did some modeling, commercials and drama lessons in her hometown, Mckenna’s parents started sending her audition tapes to Hollywood. At age 6, she was cast in her first big-deal role (Jasmine in the Disney XD sitcom Crash & Bernstein) and moved to Los Angeles with her mom.

From there, Mckenna’s performing chops earned her roles that called for someone unexpectedly precocious, like spunky, eloquent Rose in Netflix’s Fuller House, Chris Evans’ brilliant 7-year-old niece in Gifted and the creepy possessed girl in 2019’s chilling Annabelle Comes Home.

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