Between blockbusters, horror films and television series, you have undoubtedly crossed the young McKenna Grace on more than one occasion. Close-up on this gifted that we find against Chris Evans in “Mary”, broadcast on CStar this Monday, March 8.
She made the leader of the Avengers cry and briefly played a future Marvel superheroine. Was the daughter of a man who became President of the United States overnight. Known from haunted house stories and survived Annabelle doll as much as an alien invasion. And she’s about to hunt ghosts. While she will celebrate her 15th birthday this year, the young McKenna Grace already has a beautiful filmography and is presented less as one of these interchangeable child stars than as an actress on whom we will have to continue to count in the future. And it is not Mary, broadcast on CStar this Monday, March 8, which will make us think otherwise.
Born on June 25, 2006, McKenna Grace was 6 years old when she made her debut as an actress in the series Crash & Bernstein, broadcast on Disney XD between 2012 and 2014. Present in fifteen episodes spread over the two seasons of the show, she manages to get noticed but then seems destined to follow the path of all these young actors who illustrate themselves in Disney series before falling into oblivion. But not her who, from 2013, appears in a monument of American television: The Young and the Restless, where she plays the daughter of Sharon and Nicholas Newman, one of the flagship couples of the soap opera, for a good fifty years. ‘episodes. Just that.
Given her very young age, the roles of children are obviously intended for her, as when she plays the daughter of James Van Der Beek in two episodes of CSI: Cyber, or that of a Kiefer Sutherland who became President of the United States. following an attack, in the three seasons of Designated Survivor, between 2016 and 2019. And it is thanks to an appearance in CSI, the original, that she begins to develop what will become one of his specialties: young versions of characters. Like Caroline from Vampire Diaries, whose childhood we were able to discover thanks to two flashbacks during season 6. Emma, the heroine of Once Upon a Time, rereading fairy tales. Sabrina Spellman when she was not yet a witch apprentice. Or even Kate Hudson, the time of an advertisement for her own line of sportswear.
But it’s not only on the small screen that McKenna Grace helps characters rejuvenate: we see her as a young skater in Me, Tonya (2017) before Margot Robbie takes over, and she plays Carol Danvers as a child. before she got powers and the face of Brie Larson in Captain Marvel (2019), which marks her second foray into the universe after appearing in an episode of the Agents of SHIELD spin-off that aired in 2016, year in which his career begins to take off for good.
If it did not have the critical and public success hoped for, with only 389.7 million dollars in revenue worldwide for a budget of 165, Independence Day: Resurgence is his first blockbuster, summer moreover, and he gives her the exposure that goes with it, along with access to Hollywood. But it is on her independent branch that she finds one of her most striking roles. In front of the camera of the director of Amazing Spider-Man and alongside the interpreter of Captain America, of course. But Mary is a drama, fair, sober and sometimes heartbreaking, about a man’s struggle to obtain custody of his niece, which demonstrates an extraordinary gift for mathematics.
Released on our screens on September 13, 2017, following its presentation at the Deauville American Film Festival, Marc Webb’s film is entitled “Gifted” in the original version and refers to the gift of Mary. But also to that of his interpreter who does better than hold the dragee high to Chris Evans: it allows him to reveal a sensitivity that he was little known to him and that his performances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe left little to foresee even if he was a perfect Captain America. At his side, McKenna Grace shows remarkable accuracy despite a role, that of a gifted, difficult to play without falling into caricature. And she manages to avoid the usual tics of the vast majority of child actors, which makes them ring out of tune.
As she enters her teenage years and begins to earn the respect of her increasingly numerous peers, she gives herself a good dose of thrills on the big screen. With the new Amityville remake, shot in 2014 but released three years later. The third installment of the Annabelle saga, a spin-off of Conjuring where she plays the daughter of the spouses Warren and lives a real night in hell with the evil doll. And, above all, the series The Haunting of Hill House by Mike Flanagan, which combines the mechanics of horror with a dramatic background. A beautiful setting to allow the actress to shine, once again, the time of flashbacks in which she plays Theodora (Kate Siegel) as a child, and to convince the public a little more that she has everything to be great.
Also seen in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and lighter works, such as the Young Sheldon series (prequel to The Big Bang Theory) and the House Party sequel, or the Troop Zero and Scooby movies! (where she lends her voice to the young Daphne in the original version), she is preparing to mark the year 2021 with her imprint. And rather three times than one! Expected from April 28 in season 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale, where she will play the mysterious Mrs. Keyes, it will then return to another form of horror, more graphic. Producer of Annabelle 3, James Wan was visibly impressed by the young actress since he engaged her in the casting of Malignant, her next achievement which is, again, shrouded in mystery.
The feature film will be released on our screens on September 1, two months before what could offer McKenna Grace one of his biggest public successes: Ghostbusters – The Legacy, following the reboot looks of the comic-fantasy saga. in which teenagers take up the torch of ectoplasm hunting. Directed by Jason Reitman (son of Ivan, director of the first two opus), it visibly intends to surf on the nostalgia of the 80s with a beautiful cast in which we will also find Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things. In addition to ghosts Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Annie Potts and Ernie Hudson. Who are you going to call on November 10?