Mckenna Grace

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Mckenna Grace
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Grace at the premiere of I, Tonya in 2017
Born (2006-06-25) June 25, 2006 (age 12)
Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2012–present

Mckenna Grace (born June 25, 2006)[1] is an American child actress. She is known for playing the role of Jasmine Bernstein in the comedy series Crash & Bernstein (2012–2014) and Faith Newman in the soap opera The Young and the Restless (2013–2015). She has also starred in films, such as Mr. Church (2016), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Gifted (2017), and How to Be a Latin Lover (2017).[2][3]

Since 2016, Grace has portrayed Penny Kirkman in the ABC drama Designated Survivor. She also has had a recurring role in the Netflix show Fuller House.


In 2013, Grace made her acting debut, playing Sydney in the television pilot Joe, Joe & Jane.[4] Later she recurred on the Disney XD series Crash & Bernstein.[5]

She had a recurring role, as Faith Newman, on The Young and the Restless between 2013 and 2015.[6] In 2015, she had a recurring role on the CBS series CSI: Cyber.[6]

Grace played the role of Daisy in the science fiction thriller Independence Day: Resurgence; the film, directed by Roland Emmerich, was released on June 24, 2016.[7]

In 2017, Grace played a lead role in the Marc Webb drama film Gifted, starring alongside Chris Evans.[8] She later portrayed the younger version of Tonya Harding in the biopic I, Tonya and also played the significant role of Juliet in the horror film Amityville: The Awakening along with Bella Thorne; Franck Khalfoun directed the film.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Grace is vegetarian and has directed her affection for animals towards work with Farm Sanctuary and PETA, including appearing in a campaign asking people not to leave their dogs in hot cars.[10][11][12]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 R Young Riley Short film
2013 Goodbye World Hannah Palmer
2013 Suburban Gothic Zelda
2015 Russell Madness Lena
2015 Frankenstein Molly
2015 The Pearl Whale Granddaughter Short film
2016 Mr. Church Izzy
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Ella Bird Voice role
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Daisy Blackwell
2017 Gifted Mary Adler
2017 How to Be a Latin Lover Arden
2017 Amityville: The Awakening Juliet Walker
2017 I, Tonya Young Tonya Harding
2018 Ready Player One Elementary School Kid
2019 Captain Marvel Young Carol Danvers Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2014 Crash & Bernstein Jasmine Bernstein 15 episodes
2013 The Goodwin Games Even Younger Chloe Episode: "Hamletta"
2013 Joe, Joe & Jane Sydney Unsold pilot
2013–2014 Instant Mom Sam 2 episodes
2013–2015 The Young and the Restless Faith Newman 50 episodes
2014 Clarence Tinia (voice) Episode: "Patients"
2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Young Abby Fisher Episode: "Dead Woods"
2014 Clementine Lucy Movie
2014 Love Is Relative Casey Movie
2014 Gravity Falls Additional Voices Episode: "Sock Opera"
2015 K.C. Undercover Quinn Episode: "Give Me A 'K'! Give Me A 'C'!"
2015 The Vampire Diaries Young Caroline Forbes 2 episodes
2015 Genie in a Bikini Teresa Movie
2015 Dog with a Blog Jules Episode: "You're Not My Sister Anymore"
2015 Pickle and Peanut Cindy, Sugarbee (voice) 2 episodes
2015 Babysitter's Black Book Cindy Movie
2015 CSI: Cyber Michelle Mundo 3 episodes
2015–2017 Once Upon a Time Young Emma Swan 4 episodes
2016 Teachers Avery Episode: "Drunk Kiss"
2016 Elena of Avalor Bella (voice) Episode: "All Heated Up"
2016 Bizaardvark Didi Episode: "Pretty-Con"
2016–2017 The Lion Guard Kambuni (voice) 2 episodes
2016–2017 Fuller House Rose 6 episodes
2016–2018 Designated Survivor Penny Kirkman Recurring role
2017 Mickey and the Roadster Racers Bitsy Beagleberg (voice) Episode: "Abra-ka-Goof!/Happy Birthday Helpers!"


Year Association Category Work Result
2017 Women Film Critics Circle Best Young Actress[citation needed] Gifted Nominated
2018 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Performer Gifted Nominated


  1. ^ Osmanski, Stephanie (June 25, 2015). "10 TV Shows You Had No Idea Mckenna Grace Was In". M Magazine. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ Busch, Anita (September 8, 2015). "Octavia Spencer & 9-Year-Old Mckenna Grace Join Marc Webb's 'Gifted'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ Lincoln, Ross (May 11, 2016). "Mckenna Joins 'How To Be A Latin Lover'; Oscar Jaenada Cast In Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn Pic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 18, 2013). "TV Pilots 2013: The Complete Guide to What Lives, Dies and Still Has a Pulse". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "HBD: 10 TV Shows You Had No Idea Mckenna Grace Was In," M Magazine, June 25, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Lewis, Errol (December 4, 2014). "Mckenna Grace Returning To 'Y&R' As Faith Newman". Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 13, 2015). "'Independence Day 2' Recruits 'Young and the Restless' Actress Mckenna Grace (Exclusive)". Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ "'Gifted' Unites Chris Evans with a New Young Leading Lady," Associated Press, April 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "'Amityville' Haunts Daughter (Exclusive)". April 3, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Mckenna for PETAKids,", accessed November 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "Make This Thanksgiving Memorable," Farm Sanctuary, accessed November 16, 2017.
  12. ^ "Mckenna Grace: A Gift to Animals,", accessed November 16, 2017.

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