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CHINA MCCLAIN: DISNEY’S NEWEST STAR

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Actress China Anne McClain poses at the Disney ABC Television Group May Press Junket at ABC Studios on May 14, 2011 in Burbank, California.

China is the newest star of Disney’s upcoming original series “A.N.T. Farm,” which premieres in June:

Disney encountered Ms. McClain in all of her bubbly glory about five years ago. She auditioned for a TV movie called “Jump In,” about a boy who discovers a hidden passion for jumping rope. She won the role but turned it down because she had a better offer: Tyler Perry, the Atlanta movie and television mogul, wanted to cast her in his TBS series, “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” and a film, “Daddy’s Little Girls.”

But Disney didn’t give up, and before long Ms. McClain was on the company’s child star assembly line: making guest appearances on shows like “Hannah Montana,” taking lessons on how to interact with the news media, popping up in a Web video here and there. Meanwhile, Disney toiled to build a show entirely around her.

That series is “A.N.T. Farm,” created by Dan Signer. It focuses on a group of 12-year-old prodigies who join a high school’s Accelerated Natural Talents program. Ms. McClain plays Chyna, a music virtuoso. The series co-stars Sierra McCormick and Jake Short, young people who both have impressive comedic skills. (Read More)

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  1. Actually disney gave Kyle Massey off of thats so Raven a show remember In the House based on the president and his dad being the chef although it didn’t last very long

    • yeah, Corey in the House did 1, maybe 2, seasons at the most. and the timing worked great, with Barack Obama about to be elected president at the time, as the show featured an Hispanic man as president. not sure why it didn’t last longer.

  2. HER SISTERS ARE TALENTED AND BEAUTIFUL TOO! SHE IS A GORGEOUS LITTLE GIRL AND I HOPE SHE DOES WELL IN DISNEY BECAUSE ITS HARD FOR BLACK LITTLE GIRLS IN THE INDUSTRY.

  3. Congrats precious. She looks so pretty in her outfit. She is talented, as well as her sisters.

    Do your thing young lady..

  4. No he doesn’t have to write them out because the show is canceled. They are giving him another show based on the movie Why Did I Get Married but it is going to revovle around the story line of Tasha Smiths part

    • Are they canceling The Browns too. In actually, I would rather keep House of Payne but get rid Brown. Unfortunately…Brown is a little over the top to be digested weekly. I heard about Tasha’s show. Can’t wait.

    • THOP was getting a bit mundane for me. I stopped watching it season Calvin & Miranda got married. I may catch a repeat episode now & then but that’s it.

      Oh please please do not have a show based on Tasha Mack’s character. Why do they have to pick the ghetto one out of a group of women? Why couldn’t they pick Jill Scott’s character & throw in a few Tasha? I won’t be watching. I don’t even watch MTB because it was stupid from episode 1.

      • I stop watching it after Jenine gave birth 2 the twins well i guess that is after calvin and miranda got married,it just got to much,but brown is my show i love him,I cant wait to see the new show and i am so happy for China do anybody know any projects for her sister her younger 1 is her twin lol

        • dang yall, i am way behind..i had no clue the kids were gone. I guess I was watching reruns and didn’t know it. The show to me got boring after the twins came and I stopped watching. I didn’t know they sent the boy to college and jasmine to boarding school.

          I will watch Tasha Smith show..she is funny but yes she is ghetto too in the movie. But I will give it a chance anyways.

      • Sherley I have to agree with THOP….Uncle Curtis drove me mad!! It got a LIL bit funnier when Floyd entered the pic but MTB is DEFINATELY my show! Mr. Brown keeps you entertained but I guess to each their own on what type of shows you like…LOL!

        P.S I really watch it to see Lamman Rucker…WHEW! Them dimples!!

        • Lamman Rucker is one fine brother. For some reason I cannot tolerate his tv wife. Brown is funny but sometimes too over the top for me.

          • I feel you on that ONLY because it’s NOT me…LOL! I can daydream about that HOT CHOCOLATE ALL DAY!!

            Mr. Brown can be outrageous but I appreciate his humor a little bit better. I will skip THOP for MTB. NEVER miss an episode of that. I’m a little bias because I’m a HUGE David/Tamala Mann fan!!

  5. Wow…it’s amazing how TP House of Payne helped both stars get to Disney. I wonder how TP is going to write both of them out. Malik exit was written out of the story line by going to college. I guess TJ and Janene will send Jasmine back to prep school so she can concentrate on her studies while they contemplate the demise of their marriage.

  6. I love her so much..I can’t wait to see her new show on Disney. I hope it does as well as Raven’s “Thats So Raven”. There have only been two Disney shows that had a Black kid as the lead character; “Jett Jackson” in the mid 90s and Raven in the late 90s.

    • I loved “The Famous Jett Jackson.” I forgot about it until your post though. Thanks for taking me back! Now I’m thinkinging of other black kid shows like “Gullah Gullah Island (which still comes on but at 3 in the morning),” “My Brother and Me,” “CJ and Jamal…” Man I want my shows back lol.

      • “My Brother & Me” were on Nickeldeon & CJ Jamal. And Gullah Gullah were all on Nick Jr. Nickeldeon is more open to diversity then Disney. I miss “The Famous Jett Jackson”..he was a cutie. But Disney has only had 2 Black shows & Jett Jackson and Raven was it. Chyna show will make the 3rd. Nick has had several and is abt to get another w/Cymphonique in Sept. Disney need to do better in the diversity dept. its 2011 already.

        • yes, the minority stars on Disney are mainly best friends and such at the moment. you know, side characters. and they are definitely holding their own, but they need and deserve more.

          and P.S., that Jett Jackson sure was chocolate fineness lol!

          • plus Romeo!, All That, Keke Palmer, Kenan & Kel, Lil JJ, Tania &The Garcias brothers were all successful on Nickeldeon and all of those minority kids were in lead parts on Nick and did extremely well. That alone is proof that Blacks/Latino and Asians can have a hit show. Nick is way advance than Disney in the diversity department. Plus Nick has had several all black cartoons in the past too. While Disney has only 2 black tv shows and one black cartoon,Proud Family…Disney need to do better.

      • WOW! I forgot that show, too. My siblings and I never missed and episode. LEE THOMPSON YOUNG played JETT JACKSON…I wonder what he’s doing now…hmmm.

  7. I just saw the preview for A.N.T. Farm (I was happy to see Miss China) it seems fun. I think kids will like it. I saw the Jump In movie starring Corbin Bleu & Keke Palmer. I wonder if she had Keke Palmer’s part? Daddy’s Little Girls was definiely a better movie.

    • No she wouldnt of had keke palmers part she was 8 at the time so that role would be too mature for her, The role was ‘Karin’ corbins little sister played by kylee russel. I think she pulled it off and thesuited as brother and sister. Also the mcclain sisters said they’ve always wanted to work together so of course she would turn it down she is very talented aswell as her sisters i wish the other two were as successful though im sure there happy for her.

      • Oh, thanks! That makes sense. Kylee looks more like Corbin, it worked well for both girls. They really could have used one of Corbin’s four sisters, too, well if they act.

    • I remember that Disney movie too..right after it aired KeKe got her own show on Nickeledeon. But a lot of ppl don’t know that KeKe was working on her own tv show with Disney but they scrapped it for some reason.

        • actually Keke did the Disney pilot, then left to shoot Akeelah and the bee and years later filmed Jump In which is a role Disney wrote for her and Corbin, and yes China would have played Corbin’s little sister

  8. she looks so cute in her blazer. i wouldn’t look at her and think 12. she looks about 9, but that sassy mouth of her says otherwise lol! imagine being so talented you have 2 great offers and can turn down Disney of all people. i’m sure her new show will do well. i hope this doesn’t mean her days on House of Payne are over. :-(

    • I recently heard that the “House of Payne” was canceled. I see the young talent on that show is moving on to bigger and better things. The young boy that played her bother Malik has left the show as well.

      • Yes, Malik is also on Disney. He plays on Suite Life and has his own show titled Two Kings. I am so proud of both of them. It’s great to see them growing and gaing great opportunities.

        • yeah it’s hard to know who’s coming and going on that show. i know they shoot the episodes way in advance but even on the newer episodes (which began airing a couple of weeks ago), Malik still does cameos here and there. i’m assuming this was even after he got Pair of Kings. so who knows, Chyna may still pop up every now and then. but that’s too bad if the show got canceled as keverno said.

    • I think that you should not say that comment on china. Sassy is not aa word I would use for china’s mouth. I would say talented . And she made a good decision on turning down that disney channel movie. That was the only disney movie she wouldve been in for a while. And I bet she had to make up her mind sooner or later. A series was better. Then Disney can grab her from that. Have a nice day miss and please don’t reply. I’m canceling
      My email.

  9. She is such a beautiful and talented young lady! The show actually looks very good – I’m sure my kids will be watching.

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