China Anne McClain: A Decade on 'House of Payne' and a Lifetime of Talent

From child star to Disney royalty, let's look at the career highlights of the 'House of Payne' actress.

Since 2006, China Anne McClain has portrayed Jazmine Payne in "House of Payne." Over the years, this young actress has grown into her role, even taking a brief hiatus for a couple of seasons. Jazmine Payne, the spirited daughter of CJ Payne (played by Allen Payne), has been a joy to watch as she embarks on her journey of self-discovery both on the show and in her real-life career as an actress. With a thriving career as a triple threat, and at the age of 25, there's no doubt that McClain has a bright future ahead. Let's take a closer look at some of her career highlights.

  • Superstar Beginnings

    China comes from an artistic family. Her parents and siblings all have dynamic talent in music and the arts. China got her big break as a child actress, appearing in movies such as "The Gospel," "Madea’s Family Reunion," and "Daddy’s Little Girls," the latter of which she appeared with her two sisters, Sierra and Lauryn.

  • The Disney Universe

    China has been in many TV and film projects, but she is one of the lucky few who has been able to touch Disney’s film universe. She played Chyna Parks on "A.N.T. Farm" and Uma the Sea Witch, daughter of Ursula, on the "Descendants" series. Her latter character is a popular Halloween costume to date.

  • Music Is King

    China’s parents are musicians and passed their skills down to their kids. China has a robust musical catalog, from solo songs to songs she created with her sisters, Sierra and Lauryn, with whom she’s in a group called Thriii.

  • History Making Superhero

    China Anne McClain made history on the CW TV show "Black Lightning" with her cast mates, Cress Williams, Nafeesa Williams, and Christine Adams as Jennifer Pierce. Jennifer Pierce, also known as “Lightning,” was the daughter of the show’s eponymous superhero. The show made history because "Black Lightning" was the first African American superhero to get its live-action network TV adaptation, so seeing a Black family of superheroes was groundbreaking then.

  • Family First

    China has been vocal about her family and faith being the center of her world. She credits both with keeping her grounded and away from the traps that can come with child stardom.

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