January 31, 2013

China Anne McClain InfluANTces

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ANTfarm1_2China Anne McClain “influANTces”

On Friday, February 1, 2013, A.N.T. Farm will celebrate African American History Month in the new episode titled “influANTces.”
Chyna and the ANTs are tasked with creating a special project. As Chyna struggles to write a song for her Mcclain_infuANTces_jackson presentation, she decides to lock herself in a recording booth until she comes up with a great song. After accidentally falling asleep, Chyna takes a dream journey back in time where she becomes famous African American music icons from the past: Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and Janet Jackson. Using her dream as inspiration, Chyna writes a new version of the A.N.T. Farm theme song with lyrics that pay tribute to the great women who came before her.

We talked to China Anne McClain, the actress who plays Chyna, about her life and what African American History Month means to her.

Mcclain_influANTces_franklinQ: Can you tell us about “influANTces?”
China: The A.N.T. Farm episode “influANTces” is about my character, Chyna Parks, struggling with a Black History Month assignment for school. She wants to write a song about all of the amazing African American female singers for her project, but can’t seem to fit it all into a two-minute song! She then goes on a journey that takes her throughout the lives of Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Janet Jackson – showing her just how big of an impact they made on her life and others!Mcclain_influANTces_fitzgerald

Q:Which African American woman in history inspires you the most?
China: First Lady Michelle Obama inspires me the most. She is so classy and never passes up an opportunity to help people. She is also very humble and is nice to everyone! She is an amazing person all around and I want to be like her when I grow up.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to recognize African American History Month?
China: It is very important to recognize African American History Month because African Americans have been through so much. We deserve recognition for the amazing accomplishments that we’ve achieved. You would probably be surprised at all of the incredible contributions African Americans have made to America throughout its history, like Garrett Morgan inventing the gas mask and George Washington Carver inventing peanut butter!

Q: Can you describe each of your costars (Sierra, Jake, and Stefanie) in three words or less?
China: Sierra is crazy and social. Jake is artistic, free-spirited, and fun. Stefanie is stylish and loves skirts! Haha – we are all friends in real life.

Q: What are you working on now in addition to A.N.T. Farm?
China: The biggest thing that I’m working on now other than A.N.T. Farm is an album with my sisters Sierra and Lauryn! We have been recording it for a while, so we are all excited for it to come out this year! Other than that, Grown Ups 2 comes out this year! I am so excited because I actually sing in this movie! It was such a great opportunity and I had so much fun seeing everyone from the first Grown Ups (rated PG-13) again.

Q: What is your all-time favorite book?
China: I am in love with The Hunger Games and The Lying Game books (both for ages 12 and up). Both series are so brilliantly written! I heard very positive things about both books from some of my friends, so when I visited the book store one day, I picked them both up. I definitely recommend them to teens!

Q: What literary character would you like to portray in a movie?
China: It would have been fun to play Rue from The Hunger Games! She is such a cool and cute character and I loved her in the movie. Amandla Stenberg did an amazing job!

Aww. Poor Rue. Leave a Comment with your A.N.T. love!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer
Photos courtesy of Disney Channel

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    1. hamsterhamster209

      ithink that china anne mcclain is a great influence on my life.i also love her character chyna on ant farm, and one more think i really enjoyed her being on house of payne and hope that she stay on the show.

  1. bluebird4505

    ALL I CAN SAY IS HI! I LOVE TO SING AND DANCE IM GONNA BE ON AMERICAN IDOL ONE DAY I LOVE YOU CHINA.
    PS.IM A GIRL

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  2. aquabloodhound507

    I can’t wait to see the episode and I love that their honering african-american history month.China Anne Mclain said that on Disney channel.

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  3. Abigail

    OMG! I LOVE WATCHING DISNEY CHANNEL!!! IT IS SO AWESOME AND I CAN’T WAIT TILL THAT EPISODE COMES OUT! THIS IS SUCH A AWESOME WEBSITE TOO! I LIKE THE EPISODE WHERE OLIVE PRETENDS TO LOSE HER MEMORY

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  4. emeraldglad7

    This is honestly the best contribute made by ANT farm! Think Miss. Mclain has a good goal.
    Happy Black history month!

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  5. eeriegirls

    i love ant farm and china is just a great singer for her age. i can not wait till that episode comes Netflix. china is a great high spirited loving kind of girl. i just love her

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  6. Brenda

    Hello China Anne McClain.You are a great actor on ant farm.I like your partners they are funny.You are a great influeANT.I you know what I mean.I’m in the 3rd grade,I’m 9 years old,and the only thing that matters to me is my family.If you read this I hope your cast know about it to.Because it is about the show.And I’d be glad if you started a profile on scholastic.

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  7. jgal101

    not normally a huge ANT Farm person but i actually want to see this episode. BTW I’m Jewish, and Jews have been through a lot too. And yet u dont see anyone dedicating a month to Jewish HIstory. Why’s that?

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  8. Emma

    Wow! Can’t wait to see this episode! Big fan! Great job China, Sierra, Jake, and Stephanie! Big fan!
    P.S. I <3 The Hunger Games!!!

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