Mckenna Grace, biography, news, photos
Name: Mckenna Grace
Birth date: 25 of June 2006 (13 y.o.)
Place of birth: Grapevine, Texas, U.S.
Birth Sign: Cancer
Chinese zodiac: Dog
Category: Actors biographies
Mckenna Grace biography
Mckenna Grace is a young American actress who has gained popularity thanks to the roles in the films Gifted (2017) and I, Tonya (2017), as well as in the TV series Fuller House, Designated Survivor and many others.
Mckenna Grace was born on June 25, 2006 in the small town of Grapevine in Texas. Her father is Ross Burge, an orthopedic surgeon; mother’s name is Crystal Grace.
McKenna became interested in the acting profession early. On the little girl’s 5th birthday her great grandfather presented her a collection of films with Shirley Temple, after watching which Grace said that she had decided on her future occupation. At the family council, it was decided to send the girl to acting classes.
The teachers were amazed by the talent of the young actress ‒ Mckenna “could do things that simply can’t be taught”. Soon, the young girl had her own agent, who already after a week found the first job for her ‒ shooting in a commercial for YMCA.
Following the advice of the agent, Mckenna and her parents went to Los Angeles to take part in the casting for one of the leading roles in the full length film Goodbye World (directed by Denis Hennelly). To the great happiness of the little girl, she was approved. The film was released in 2013 and received restrained feedback from viewers and critics. However, participation in such a project was a good start for the little actress.
By the will of fate, by that time the girl’s father had been accepted in the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program in California, and soon his spouse together with 7-year-old Mckenna moved to him. The world of cinema was already closer, and it was not so difficult to go to the castings.
By her 11 years, Mckenna had acquired a considerable baggage of roles. She was lucky to work with such Hollywood stars as Eddie Murphy and Britt Robertson in the drama Mr. Church (2016; dir. Bruce Beresford), Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch in the science fiction film Independence Day: Resurgence (2016).
In addition, the young girl has appeared in several popular TV series, such as Crash & Bernstein (2012-2014), The Young and the Restless (2013-2015), K.C. Undercover (2015), The Vampire Diaries (2015), Fuller House (2016-2018) and others ‒ by the 12th anniversary, in the filmography of the girl there were about 25 roles in the series in total.
However, according to critics, Grace’s most important work is the lead role in the drama Gifted, which was released in 2017. Casting for the role took almost 8 months ‒ more than 600 teenagers came to the audition, but little Mckenna seemed the most persuasive to the producers.
In the drama directed by Mark Webb starring Chris Evans, the little girl played as a wunderkind of remarkable abilities in the field of mathematics. Critics praised Grace’s acting, noting: “Child actors who are too developed for their age are sometimes annoying, especially when they play wunderkind characters. But Mckenna Grace, with her attentive eyes and lost front teeth, charming and skilful way of presenting is no worse than Drew Barrymore in E.T. Extra-Terrestrial.” The role in this film brought not only two nominations for prestigious awards (including Critics’ Choice Movie Awards), but also the first popularity.
Since 2016, Mckenna has been playing as Penny Kirkman, the daughter of the character performed by Kiefer Sutherland, in the ABC popular political series Designated Survivor.
In 2017, she could be seen in the drama I, Tonya about the famous American figure skater Tonya Harding. The girl played as the athlete in her childhood; Margot Robbie got the lead role in the film.
The girl appeared in a small role in the film by the legendary film director Steven Spielberg Ready Player One starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn.
Mckenna Grace personal life
In her spare time, Mckenna Grace loves to sing, walk (especially in the rain), do handicrafts and watch horror films. The girl loves to read and often visits bookstores, as well as has a passion for playing the piano and singing with her uncle Tanner.
The little girl’s favorite actors are Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer and Tom Hanks.
Mckenna Grace now
On February 1, 2019, the world premiere of the comedy and dramatic film Troop Zero directed by the creative duo Bert & Bertie took place. The story of the film takes place around a group of losers from a Primary school led by Christmas Flint (Mckenna Grace), who convinces the children to participate in a talent show.
The film starred Oscars winners Viola Davis and Allison Janney (who starred with Grace in I, Tonya), as well as comedians Mike Epps and Edi Patterson.
The young actress will appear in the superhero action movie Captain Marvel as Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) in childhood. In the film the lead role is performed by Brie Larson, and her colleagues on the set were Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Honsou, Jude Law, Colin Ford et al.
In the near future, Mckenna will be seen in the sequel to the horror of 2014 Annabelle ‒ the blood-curdling story about a rag doll. The film will be Gary Dauberman’s directorial debut, who previously wrote the scripts for the horror films It (2017) and The Nun (2018). Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will appear in the film with Grace.
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