If you are a fan of comic book TV shows or a big Disney Channel follower, you are likely to be familiar with China Anne McClain. If not, fasten your seatbelt as we are about to introduce you to the rising star. The young actress is a multi-talented beauty and if she continues her upward trajectory, she is sure to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Meet China Anne McClain (Bio & Age)
China Anne McClain was born on the 25th of August, 1998, in Atlanta, Georgia. Though born in Atlanta, the singer/actress currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her family. She is a devout Christian along with the rest of her family.
She is currently best known for her roles on the Disney Channel show A.N.T Farm and the superhero series Black Lightning.
Net Worth & Career
China is currently worth $700,000. The actress’ earnings come from her endeavours in television series and movies. Her music career – including singles and albums have also contributed to her total net worth.
Her career started in 2005 when she was discovered by a music executive who heard her sing and encouraged director, Rob Hardy to audition her for his 2005 feature film, The Gospel. It was her performance in that role that caught the attention of famous black movie producer and director, Tyler Perry who cast her as Jazmine Payne in the television series Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. Her performances further earned her a place in fan favourite movie Daddy’s Little Girls alongside her sisters. Her talent continued to land her in other movies and TV Shows such as Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups 1 & 2.
In 2011, McClain, having won a few roles in other Disney projects such as Jonas, Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana was cast as the lead character in the Disney channel series, A.N.T Farm. It was in this show that her musical talent was incorporated with her acting talent. For the show, China Anne McClain recorded a cover of Taio Cruz’s Dynamite. She also sings the series’ theme song, Exceptional.
After less than a week of releasing the video for Dynamite, it garnered more than a million views. On June 14, 2011, China and her sisters – known as the McClain sisters were signed onto Hollywood Records. The A.N.T Farm soundtrack was released on October 11, 2011, featuring China’s popular version of Dynamite by Taio Cruz. On September 28, 2011, she released Calling All the Monsters and it charted number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 2013, it was announced that her show, A.N.T Farm would be ending after its third season. It was also announced on the same day that she and her sisters had left Hollywood Records, a development that China herself called ‘bittersweet’ but saw as a chance to keep doing music with her sisters.
The setback was however not for long as she went for the maiden edition of ABC’s Sing Your Face Off in 2014 and won the show’s first season. She also continued to feature in various TV shows and movies like Disney’s popular movie series, Descendants, where she also lends her voice on the titular album. In 2017, she landed a role in CW’s hit TV Show, Black Lightning.
Height & Weight
China’s height is recorded to be 5ft 3in (160cm). Her weight is also listed as 53 kg (117 lbs). Being an actress, China puts in the effort to maintain her lean size 4 figure, although her exact workout routine is not known to the public.
China Anne McClain is born to a family of artists; her father, Michael McClain, is a music producer and her mother, Shontell, is a songwriter. Michael McClain, who was born on the 4th of March, 1973, is best known for producing Solange Knowles‘ debut album.
Beyond songwriting, their mother – Shontell, is also an actress and writer. She has written for several TV shows including Meet The Browns and House of Payne. Michael and Shontell tied the knot on the 16th of April, 1993 and have four beautiful children together.
China Anne McClain is a member of the sister girl-group McClain where she sings with her two sisters – Sierra McClain and Lauryn McClain. Beyond being in a band with her sisters, she also starred in a movie Daddy’s Little Girls with them.
Her sister – Sierra, was born in 1994. As an actress, Sierra has also appeared in House of Payne, Honey: Rise Up and Dance, Shrink and most notably Empire.
Lauryn, born in 1997, is also in the entertainment industry where she is making it as an actress and singer. She has notably appeared as the lead character in the web series Step up: High Water.
China also has a younger brother, Gabriel McClain who typically keeps a lower profile than his sisters.
Relationships – Who Is Her Boyfriend?
China Anne McClain was previously in a relationship with her A.N.T Farm co-star, Jake Short. China and her former boyfriend met on set where, like most Hollywood relationships, their characters were each other’s love interest. Their real-life relationship which started in 2012 sadly didn’t last, ending in 2013. There hasn’t been any new report of China’s relationships since as she is trying to focus on her career and keep the limelight off her personal life.