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. rayray

    i love ant farm and i even like china parks shes a little but she can sing when she sang dyminite it was better then the real person that sang it im not tring to be mean are roud

  2. amber

    china is amazing for doimg all of that i have not watch the epasode yet but i reallythink chna is very preety and if youare reading this sorry if my spelling is wrong and i think you have a beutifal voice and all those costumes are awsome.

  3. dramaqueenz28

    China Anne McClain is a raising super star! She is bound to make it big in show business! No matter if she is acting or singing, she is amazing at both!

  4. caplipspit

    China Anne McClain is the coolest,and sassiest African American on Disney Channel today! She is a super star waiting to happen!

  5. maddie228906

    I really like the idea of this episode. I enjoyed the fact that she got to go through and live out what these women had to go through. A dream like that would really inspire me.

  6. dramaqueenz28

    The Kids Choice Awards was amazing! All my favorite artists were there which includes Austin Mahone, and Cody Simpson. It was by far the best Kids Choice Awards yet!

  7. caplipspit

    The Kids Choice Award was so awesome especially with the Hunger Games and Austin Mahone who is so cute!!!

  8. Lexy

    I don’t watch Ant Farm that often but when I tuned into this episode I was shocked. I really liked this episode and think it got a great message across.

  9. Riley2112

    I love China Anne McClain! I also love her show. All the Disney shows are okay, but this hers actually makes me laugh!

  10. Chealse

    Her and her sisters (Lauren & Sierra) sound awesome I wish I was on Disney or famous I love to sing and dance

  11. blackdog1339

    iam your biggest fan i like when yhuu was on ur new show like how yhuu did it ahtt the end wen yhuu singing they was doing the same thing that yhuu was doing i like that

  12. kittenflying8

    i watch her on disney channel! she should be on the radio. i dont know if she is or not. i just really like her music.

  13. kalen

    girl you be doin your thang on that show girl keep doin you and don’t let the money and fame make you forget about the ones you love