Magazine CovHER: China Anne McClain Rolling Out
OMG!!! It’s so hard to believe that China McClain is all grown up. China graced the cover of Rolling Out magazine for their current cover. The 19 year old Disney star and actress dished on her rising to stardom, now her parents met and seeing her siblings on screen.
Peep excerpts and more pics from China’s Rolling Out interview below:
On feeling pressured to be in the entertainment industry:
Never, because I feel like music and it was always in our house. Actually, our parents didn’t want us to do this. They know how hard this industry can be and they didn’t really want us to be a part of it. But when I told them that this is really what I want to do for the rest of my life then they supported and protected me.
On seeing herself and siblings on the big screen:
At this point, I’ve gotten used to seeing myself. It’s so strange seeing my siblings because I know them so well. So to see them play somebody totally different, I’m just like it’s so cool for me to see because they’re all so talented. It’s just, I don’t know, very different from watching yourself and watching your sibling do it.
On her role as Uma in Descendants 2:
I feel Uma just wants to feel important because the four original villain kids were taken off to the Land of the Lost and now they have all of this opportunity and they’re doing very well for themselves. And Uma’s just like, ‘what about me?’ And obviously, since Mal was the Queen of the Aisle, when she left Uma’s like, ‘well she’s over there now. I’m going to be the queen of this town. ‘And I mean I just feel like she wants to feel important. Poor girl. Just like everybody else. I understand her plight.
On her new show “Black Lightning”:
Black Lightning was one of the very first African American superheroes. So, first, for me, it’s just an honor to be a part of a show that is based on this character. And Black Lightning, his superpower is electricity manipulation. He has two daughters. I play Jennifer Pierce. I’m the youngest daughter. And I find out during the course of the show that I have the same superpowers as my father. And for me, I’m just like, “What?” I’m confused because I didn’t know out my dad was Black Lightning. So I don’t know what’s going. So I really like the fact that as the character I get to explore how we feel alienated sometimes. People see superheroes a certain way and they’re just like, “They’re awesome. I wish I was a superhero,” but sometimes we can feel like we don’t want to be different. We just want to fit in with everybody else. So I don’t know. I’m really excited about that show. It’s really gritty. It’s kind of dark. It’s real. I’m very excited to be a part of it.
Catch the full interview over at Rolling Out.
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