Mckenna Grace is nothing but a light in the industry

PHOTOS: Sami Drasin
TALENT: Mckenna Grace
VIDEOGRAPHY: Savanna Morales
STYLING: Anna Schilling at The Rex Agency
MAKEUP: Loren Canby at A-Frame Agency
HAIR: Nancilee Santos at TMG-LA
PHOTOGRAPHY ASSISTANT: Sam Tiger
LOCATION: Fairytale Cottage Topanga
WORDS: Parker Schug
PRODUCTION: Jasmine Perrier at Studio J•T•P
SPECIAL THANKS: Wolf|Kasteler Public Relations

This feature is taken from Grumpy Magazine’s ISSUE NO.17, available soon in digital and print worldwide
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Mckenna Grace, at the young age of 15, may have far less years under her belt than other well-practiced actors and actresses, but with talent and her optimistic attitude, she is rising above the industry’s most acclaimed stars. The multitalented artist continues to surpass audiences’ expectations with new projects among her many roles in shows and films such as Ghostbusters: Afterlife, in addition to creating music and co-writing for films. She is one to be watched.

Mckenna first found inspiration in other actresses’ films, such as many of Shirley Temple’s pieces of work. As a child, she was very interested in many different hobbies, but at just six years old, she persuaded her mother to let her try acting — although it was seen as another fascination in the first place. However, Mckenna was persistent in her pursuits. “I’d get fixated on something and then I’d be like, ‘I want to go do gymnastics,’ and my mom would put me in gymnastics classes, and then, ‘I want to go do cheerleading,’ and my mom would try to put me in cheerleading classes. […] I was in all these different extracurricular activities when I was itty-bitty, and my mom was like, ‘Mckenna, we’re not doing anything else, chill out,’ and then she finally was like, ‘Oh, my God, you won’t let it go. Fine, I’ll get you in acting classes.’”

Since her start, Mckenna has had much success, even booking her first role that she auditioned for, which eventually encouraged her to move out to Los Angeles. Her love for acting has continued to develop throughout her years, especially working alongside acclaimed professionals in the industry, including Chris Evans, Brie Larson, and Olivia Wilde. “I have a wonderful childhood, there is nothing I would rather be doing,” she says on growing up in the entertainment industry. Plus, seeing her work come to life from start to finish has truly impacted Mckenna. “I think I’ve just realized how much respect I have for every aspect of my craft, because I feel like there’s just so much work that goes into making films. We shoot for three months to make something that’s an hour and a half long [and] will take up an hour and a half of somebody’s time.”

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