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Mckenna Grace | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Mckenna Grace
  • Occupation Actress, Voiceover Actress
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Texas, USA
  • Birth Date Jun 25, 2006
  • Age 15 Years, 2 Months
  • Did You Know? Grace is a vegetarian.
American Teenage Actress

Mckenna Grace | Biography

Known For Movies Like 'Gifted' and 'Troop Zero'

In the 2017 film 'Gifted,' she played Mary Adler when she was ten years old. She played a 7-year-old math genius who got mixed up in a custody fight between her uncle and grandmother. In the film, Chris Evans played Mckenna's uncle. Mckenna realized, when learning about Mary that she could relate to the character. They not only like math, but they both enjoy playing piano and singing as well.


Mckenna Grace is a well-known American actress best known for her role in the film Gifted.

Who Is Mckenna Grace?

Mckenna Grace made her television debut as the sassy younger sister of series star Cole Jensen in the Disney XD series Crash & Bernstein (2012-14). The actress appeared in The Young and the Restless from 2013 to 2015. She has also featured in films including The Angry Birds MovieIndependence Day: Resurgence, and television series like Young Sheldon, Designated Survivor, and Once Upon a Time.

She also played the role of Mary Adler, a 7-year-old math genius, in the 2017 film Gifted. She was also featured in the 2019 American comedy-drama Troop Zero as a girl who wants to record her voice in NASA's Golden Record. Most recently, she appeared in Universal's animated film Spirit Untamed in May 2021. In addition, Mckenna Grace appeared on The Handmaid's Story on 28 April 2021, with the first three episodes available for fans on Hulu. 

Early Life

Grace was born in Texas on 25 June 2006. She always wanted to be an actress. A local YMCA advert and inspiration from a Shirley Temple film series is all it took for the North Texas native to beg her mother to be in the spotlight as an actress. "I just begged her until it got annoying," McKenna shared. "She put me into acting classes and it kind of went from there."

Early Career

Before making her big-screen debut, she acted in commercials for Nintendo, GoldieBlox, and other brands. Then, in 2012, she made her big-screen debut with the series Crash & Bernstein. She played the sassy younger sister of series star Cole Jensen and his puppet best friend. She quickly settled into a seemingly never-ending string of juvenile guest roles in the daytime and prime-time series, including a recurring role in The Young and the Restless from 2013 to 2015.

She then had recurring roles on many shows, including Once Upon a Time, where Grace played the teen version of Jennifer Morrison's Emma Swan, and Designated Survivor, where she co-starred as the youngest daughter of Kiefer Sutherland's American president. She also voiced on The Angry Birds Movie in 2016 and starred in Independence Day: Resurgence the same year.

'Gifted'

In the 2017 film Gifted, she played Mary Adler when she was ten years old. She played a 7-year-old math genius who got mixed up in a custody fight between her uncle and grandmother. In the film, Chris Evans played Mckenna's uncle. Mckenna realized, when learning about Mary that she could relate to the character. They not only like math, but they both enjoy playing piano and singing as well.

During a two-month film shot in Georgia, Mckenna's love of song helped her connection with Evans. In this film, the character of Evans struggles to keep his niece from being sent to live with his stringent mathematician, who wants Mary. Talking about her connection with Chris Evans, she shared, "We had an immediate connection. On the shoot and off the shoot, we were always singing." 

'Troop Zero'

In the 2019 American comedy-drama Troop Zero, she played a young girl, Christmas. Her character wants to record her voice in NASA's Golden Record, which is sent to space in the hope of aliens' discovery. She was glad to work in the 1977 movie because she loved that period. Grace explained, "The 70s is already my favorite era. I really like the music and the movies. I really love the 70s already, so it was fun to get to shoot in a time period that I love. I already knew a bit, but it's good getting to learn more because I do love the 70s".

'Young Sheldon'

She was first seen in the second episode of the second season, 'A Rival Prodigy and Sir Isaac Neutron,' where Sheldon's envy was fuelled by Paige's intelligence and her attention from Dr. Sturgis (Wallace Shawn). She appeared again in an episode titled 'Carbon Dating and a Stuffed Raccoon,' where she attended a museum lecture on carbon dating and encountered Sheldon (played by Iain Armitage), all of whom were bored with the class. In Young Sheldon's story, she punched Sheldon in the face for talking about his divorced parents in a bible trivia quiz.

Grace's roles have also included portraying the younger version of another actor or the next generation of a cast from a well-known film. For example, in the spinoff/prequel Young Sheldon, she played Paige Swanson, a rival child prodigy that Sheldon befriends.

'The HandMaid's Tale'

On 28 April 2021, Mckenna Grace made her debut on The Handmaid's Story, with Hulu releasing the first three episodes for fans. Grace's character, Mrs. Keyes, is a sharply intelligent adolescent wife of a much older Commander who comfortably runs her farm and household. Mrs. Keyes has a rebellious, subversive streak, and on the outside, she appears calm and religious, but she is tormented, even insane, on the inside.

The Handmaid's Tale is set in Gilead, a totalitarian state in what was once the United States. The state is governed by a fundamentalist government that regards women as state property, and the country is beset by natural calamities and a low birth rate.

Upcoming Projects

Just Beyond, a new Disney+ series based on R. L. Stine's Goosebumps and Fear Street, is her upcoming movie. The Disney+ series will premier in October 2021. Also, she will appear as one of the new members of the rebooted Ghostbusters squad in Sony's Ghostbusters: Afterlife in November.

Awards and Recognition 

In 2017, the young actress received two 'Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards' for breakthrough performance and best performance by a youth for her role in Gifted and an HCA Award for Next Generation of Hollywood in 2020. She was also nominated for a 'Women Film Critics Circle Award' for Best Young Actress in 2017, an 'OFTA Film Award' for Best Youth Performance in 2018, and a 'Critics Choice Award' for Best Young Actor/Actress in 2018 for her performance in Gifted.

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