China Anne McClain is Best Known For Playing Jazmine Payne in the sitcom Tyler Perry‘s House of Payne from 2007 to 2012, and as Chyna Parks in the Disney Channel’s teen sitcom A.N.T. Farm. from 2011 to 2014. She is a member of the sister girl group McClain. In 2018, McClain began portraying Jennifer Pierce in The CW superhero series Black Lightning.
Nick Name Nina Boochie
Occupation Singer-songwriter, actress, dancer
Years active 2005–present
Born: August 25, 1998 20 years and 7 months, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Sun Sign Virgo
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 3½ in or 161 cm
Measurements 32-23-33 in or 81-58.5-84 cm
Bra Size 32A
Genre R&B, pop, dance
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, piano
Labels Walt Disney Records
Distinctive Features Broad nose and Lips
Father – Michael McClain, is a music producer
Mother – Shontell (Songwriter)
Siblings – Sierra Aylina McClain (Older Sister) (Singer, actress), Lauryn Alisa McClain (Older Sister) (Singer, actress), Gabriel McClain (Younger Brother)
She is signed to Brand Model and Talent.
She has appeared in several commercials such as Target (Hanes), HEB, and others.
As a Singer
China, as a singer, has contributed in the soundtrack of Disney Channel’s teen sitcom A.N.T. Farm in 2011. She contributed vocals to the songs “Dynamite,” and “Calling All the Monsters.”
With Kelli Berglund, she sang “Something Real” in 2014.
In 2004, she formed a band with her two sisters, which is called McClain (or 3McClainGirls, McClain Sisters). It was signed to Hollywood Records from 2011 to 2013.
McClain’s career began in 2005 when she was seven years old, acting in the movie The Gospel (2005). She also played China James in Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls (2007), along with Idris Elba and her two sisters. However, she became nationally known after 2007, when she joined the cast of the series Tyler Perry’s House of Payne as Jazmine Payne. In 2010, she co-starred in Grown Ups (2010) as Charlotte McKenzie. McClain now stars in the CW show Black Lightning. McClain became internationally known after starring in the Disney Channel original television series A.N.T. Farm, landing the role as Chyna Parks, from 2011 to 2014. Disney released the soundtrack of the television series A.N.T. Farm on October 11, 2011.
McClain sings six songs and two solos with her sisters on the soundtrack, which debuted in the Billboard 200 at number 29 with 14,000 copies sold in its first week. On the soundtrack, McClain sang her version of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite.” The release containing the song “Calling All the Monsters” reached the eighty-sixth spot on the Billboard Hot 100. McClain was a co-star in the 2013 sequel Grown Ups 2. In 2014, she appeared on the reality singing competition series, ABC’s Sing Your Face Off and was the youngest contestant on the show, winning the show’s first season. McClain starred as Gabby Harrison in the Disney Channel original movie How to Build a Better Boy (2014) with Kelli Berglund. She also appears as the main villain Uma in the Disney Channel Descendants 2 (2017), playing Ursula’s daughter.
McClain was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Her father, Michael McClain, is a music producer. Her mother, Shontell, is a songwriter. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her family. McClain has said that she and her family are devout Christians, although they cannot always attend church regularly due to her and her sisters’ musical and acting careers.
2005–11: Tyler Perry’s House of Payne
McClain was discovered in 2005 by a music executive who heard her sing and encouraged director Rob Hardy to audition her for his 2005 feature film The Gospel. Her role caught the attention of Tyler Perry, who cast her as Jazmine Payne in the television series Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. She appears in the movie Daddy’s Little Girls with her sisters, Sierra and Lauryn, who are also actresses and play her older sisters in the film. McClain appeared in and guest starred in various other shows and movies such as Hannah Montana with Sierra McCormick, NCIS and the 2009 film Hurricane Season. Jonas, was also a Disney Channel shows she was on. She also appeared in the movie Grown Ups, as Charlotte McKenzie. McClain appeared on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place in 2011 as Tina in one episode entitled “Wizards vs. Angels”.
2011–14: A.N.T. Farm and music
In 2011, McClain was cast as the lead role in the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm. For the show, McClain recorded a cover of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”. She also sings the series theme song, “Exceptional”. China Anne’s first music video, for “Dynamite”, premiered on July 23, 2011 on Disney Channel. After less than a week, more than 1 million views on YouTube were reported. She has appeared in an episode of PrankStars. She also appeared in the Chiddy Bang Opposite of Adults music video. For the Disney Channel Halloween special in 2011, she performed the song, “Calling All The Monsters”. On June 14, 2011, China and her sisters – known as the McClain Sisters – signed with Hollywood Records. The A.N.T. Farm soundtrack was released on October 11, 2011, featuring China Anne’s version of “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz. On September 28, 2011, China Anne released “Calling All The Monsters” to iTunes. “Calling All The Monsters” charted number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On November 24, 2011, China performed her song “Unstoppable” in the 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
She co-starred in the 2013 sequel Grown Ups 2. On December 27, 2013, it was announced on her Twitter page that A.N.T. Farm would be ending after its 3rd season. On the same day, it was revealed that the McClain Sisters had left Hollywood Records. In the March/April 2014 issue of BYOU Magazine, China said it was “bittersweet” that A.N.T Farm was ending, and announced plans to focus on doing music with her sisters. McClain appeared on ABC’s Sing Your Face Off television show, broadcast from May 31 – June 14, 2014, winning the show’s first season.
In 2015, McClain was featured in the FOX series Bones in the episode “The Lost in the Found”, playing Kathryn Walling. She also appeared in the Netflix computer-animated series VeggieTales in the House, voiced the role Jenna Chive, a parody of herself. As a part of the various artist who contributed to the Descendants album McClain performed the song “Night is Young”, the song was featured in the film and was also on the Descendants album. McClain also starred in the computer-animated series Descendants: Wicked World, based on the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants. She voiced Freddie, the daughter of Dr. Facilier. She is also scheduled to appear in the upcoming television movie Descendants 2 as Uma, the daughter of Ursula. In 2016, she recorded the action thriller film Blood Brother, co-starring with Trey Songz and Ron Killings. The film will be released in the summer. She was also part of the cast of 3D computer-animated action-drama film Bilal.
In 2017, it was announced that she had been cast as Jennifer Pierce in the Black Lightning pilot for the CW.
China Anne McClain cites her parents, Michael and Shontell, as her biggest influences, as well as Michael Jackson, Hattie McDaniel, Rihanna, and Beyoncé.
In 2018, McClain began portraying Jennifer Pierce in The CW superhero series Black Lightning.
China debuted with the 2005 film The Gospel for her role as Alexis. It was directed and written by Rob Hardy.
First TV Show
From 2007 to 2012, she appeared in TBS and Syndication sitcom Tyler Perry’s House of Payne for her role as Jazmine Payne. From season 1 to 6, she had the main role.
China Anne McClain Favorite Things
Color – Purple
Singer – Beyoncé
Clothing Brand – GUESS, Urban Outfitters
She also reveals about her favorite shoe brand, and TV show, check out this video on YouTube.
China Anne McClain Facts
China’s hobbies include drawing greeting cards, dancing, photography, singing, and going to church with her family members.
She is an expert level hula hoop dancer and can also rollerblade.
A music executive discovered her in 2005 when he heard her singing. She was then auditioned for the role of Alexis in The Gospel (2005).
Her biggest musical influences include her mom, dad, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, and Hattie McDaniel.
She knows little bit Spanish as well. China has spoken the language in a commercial.
If she weren’t an actress, she definitely would have been a teacher as she loves kids.
She has a pet dog, named, Cujo.
She loves Chris Hemsworth.
She was 13 when she got her ears pierced.
Her mom was actually disappointed when China was born. China already has two older sisters and her mom was expecting a boy, the third time. China’s mom was watching some news about Chinese and their baby girls and as a tribute to them, she named her “China.”
She likes Tomato juice and drinks it occasionally.
She like to eat sweet things.
Her dad has produced Beyonce’s younger sister, Solange Knowles‘ one of the music videos.