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China Anne McClain & Nafessa Williams Dish On The Audience Connection to 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain & Nafessa Williams Dish On The Audience Connection to 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain laughs it up with on-screen sister Nafessa Williams during their appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday night (February 5) in New York City.

The Black Lightning stars opened up about what the audience is connecting with the new series.

“It’s very rooted in reality,” China explains. “When it comes to a superhero like Superman, it’s very fantastical. You don’t really feel like you can walk outside and be like ‘it’s a bird, it’s a plane’.”

She adds, “With Black Lightning, you feel like you could see him walking down the street. Like ‘Oh, there’s our neighborhood hero’.”

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and Nafessa are also pictured below at TRL and SiriusXM.

Black Lightning airs TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW.

Click inside to see a scene from tonight’s ep of Black Lightning… More Here! »

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China Anne McClain Talks Anissa's Mentorship of Jennifer on 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain Talks Anissa's Mentorship of Jennifer on 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain gets a big hug from on-screen sister Nafessa Williams at the 2018 SCAD aTVfest on Saturday afternoon (February 3) in Atlanta, Ga.

The two Black Lightning stars took a break from filming their CW show to chat about the impact it’s had so far.

In an earlier interview, China and Nafessa opened up about their sister dynamic on the show.

“I love the fact that Thunder gets her powers first,” China shared in a recent interview with Access Hollywood. “You know, she’s older.”

She continues, “I also love the fact that we focus on that first, because that’s what drives the show…[Thunder] is like Jennifer’s mentor, so her experiencing this first, it will be great to pass along.”

Black Lightning airs Tuesdays on The CW.

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China Anne McClain Says Jennifer Pierce Isn't That Ready To have Super Powers on 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain Says Jennifer Pierce Isn't That Ready To have Super Powers on 'Black Lightning'

China Anne McClain might be preparing for Black Lightning‘s Jennifer Pierce to get her powers soon, but that doesn’t mean Jennifer can actually handle them.

In a new interview with CBR, the actress revealed that Jennifer is really, just not ready for them.

“Jennifer is young. She’s a teenager,” she reasons. “For her, getting her powers is very different than Anissa getting her powers for the first time, because I’ve said that she’s older, she’s confident.

“She [Anissa] knows who she is at this point at this point in her life and she’s comfortable with that, but Jennifer is still trying to figure that out.”

China adds, “So to have this happen to her is a huge deal and she feels kind of an alien on Earth. It’s difficult for her to deal with.”

Another thing Jennifer will deal with is the struggle to just be a normal teen girl, versus a girl with superpowers that she doesn’t know anything about.

“She already dislikes the fact that everybody calls her the Queen of Garfield High. She’s like, ‘I don’t want to be that. I don’t want to be a track star. I just want to be normal,’ you know?’” she says. “‘I just want to go to school and have friends and go to parties and whatever teenagers normally do.’”

China continues, “This kind of just adds onto this feeling for her, because she never wanted that attention. So for this to be happening, she just feels even more like, ‘Oh gosh, I’m different and I don’t want to be in that category.’”

Black Lightning airs on Tuesdays on The CW.

'Black Lightning' Sneak Peek: Will The Superhero Return?

'Black Lightning' Sneak Peek: Will The Superhero Return?

Jennifer (China McClain) chills out with a friend in this new still from tonight’s all new episode of Black Lightning.

In the new ep, “Lawanda: The Book of Hope”, the community struggles with the violence surrounding them, and a glimmer of hope appears: Is Black Lightning (Cress Williams) back?

Lynn (Christine Adams), noticing the changes in the community, is also left wondering. While Jefferson struggles with his decision, Gambi (James Remar) urges him to take up the mantle once more and return to life as Black Lightning.

Meanwhile, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer try to deal with the aftermath of their jolting experience.

Black Lightning airs TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW.

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Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker & Caity Lotz Celebrate 'Black Lightning' Premiere in D.C.

Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker & Caity Lotz Celebrate 'Black Lightning' Premiere in D.C.

Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton and Caity Lotz gather up for a group photo with Brandon Routh at the Black Lightning premiere during the DC in D.C. Weekend event.

The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow stars stepped out for the premiere of the newest superhero show, plus, spoke on a few different panels at the event, including one titled “Wonder Women”.

Black Lightning stars China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams and Cress Williams are also pictured below with series creators Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil.

The DC in D.C. Weekend was a pop culture event that brought the worlds of entertainment and public service together to illuminate the story of America and current issues through the lens of comics and Super Heroes.

Check out all the pics from the premiere and panels below!

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