Sierra McClain credits her confidence and success on her experiences working with her sisters.
The 23-year-old Empire actress spent years in a girl group with China and Lauryn before breaking into acting.
“I don’t think I would’ve been as comfortable at all if I hadn’t had the background of working with my sisters,” Sierra told TeenVogue.com. “Even watching my sisters has helped me, too. Even though I haven’t worked in a while, I was on set constantly, so I feel like I’ve been around it forever even if I wasn’t necessarily in front of the camera.”
She continued, “And then all of my studio work with my father, [music producer and engineer, Michael McClain] definitely prepared me for the studio sessions here…I was so nervous in the beginning; I didn’t know if I could do this. But it was him talking to me and calling me saying, ‘Listen, you’ve been doing this forever here with me and with the girls. You can do it. You’re ready for it. Go in there and be confident.’ There’s no telling what would’ve happened if I hadn’t had that.”
Catch Sierra on Empire this season, Wednesdays @ 9PM on Fox.
The actress stars as the daughter of Ursula in the sequel film, and will be singing a version of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” for the flick — but that’s not what we want to know. We want to know about the sword fighting!
“The sword fighting is one of the hardest parts of this entire production. For all of the rehearsals, all of us were like, ‘Okay, next is sword training. Let’s get ready,’” she shared in a new BTS look at the TV movie.
China adds, “It’s tough. It’s different than dancing and it’s unnatural for the body if you’re not used to it you get tired out very quickly.”
Check out the full video below!
Descendants 2 – China Anne McClain Prepares For Uma
The Descendants 2 actress has joined The CW’s Black Lightning, according to Deadline, in an exciting new role.
China will play Jennifer Pierce, an independent, outspoken scholar-athlete with a wild streak of her own.
Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams): He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago, but with a daughter, Jennifer (McClain) hellbent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning.
In the comics, Jennifer and her older sister Anissa actually follow in their father’s footsteps and become superheroes, taking on the names of Lightning and Thunder.
Fortunately, not everyone was upset but her tweets. China — star of the Disney Channel’s upcoming Descendants 2 — was one of Demi‘s biggest defenders, tweeting:
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When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma (McClain), the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town.
Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook’s son Harry (Doherty) and Gaston’s son Gil (Playfair), to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.