CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN
China Anne McClain stars as Chyna Parks, a 13-year-old musical prodigy who has recently moved away from home to attend a prestigious A.N.T. (Advanced Natural Talents) boarding school, in the Disney Channel Original Series "A.N.T. Farm."
McClain was discovered in 2005 by a music executive who encouraged director Rob Hardy to audition her for his feature film, "The Gospel." Her role in the film caught the attention of actor/director/producer Tyler Perry, who ultimately cast her in his series "Tyler Perry's House of Payne." Soon thereafter McClain landed a role in Perry's feature film, "Daddy's Little Girls."
She will be seen this summer in "Grown Ups 2." Additional credits include roles in the feature films "Grown Ups" and "Hurricane Season," and guest appearances on the television series "NCIS" and Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," "JONAS L.A." and "Hannah Montana."
In 2012 and again in 2013, McClain received NAACP Image Award nominations for her role on "A.N.T. Farm."
In addition to acting, McClain and her older sisters, Sierra and Lauryn, formed the McClain Sisters and are signed by Hollywood Records. Their rousing single, "Rise," was featured as the inspiring anthem for Disney Friends for Change and in the Disney Nature feature film "Chimpanzee." The McClain Sisters also recorded "The Great Divide" for "Secret of the Wings," the original full-length CG-animated feature film starring Tinker Bell.
In her free time McClain is an avid reader who favors The Hunger Games and the Twilight book series. Her favorite possession is a custom Fender Stratocaster guitar, a gift from Nick Jonas.
Born August 25, 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia, McClain currently resides in Los Angeles with her family. Her dad is a music producer, her mother is a singer/writer, and her two sisters and younger brother also sing and act.