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China Anne McClain Discusses ‘Grown Ups 2’

By//L’Oreal Thompson

Remember that adorable kid who played Chris Rock’s daughter in the movie “Grown Ups”? Well, as it turns out, she’s all grown up now herself. China Anne McClain, the talented actress and singer, is doing big things this summer, starting with the release of “Grown Ups 2,” which hits theaters today.

“‘Grown Ups 2’ is way different from the first one and my character is, too,” says the 14-year-old actress. “All the kids are a lot older, but the adults haven’t grown up at all. My character [Charlotte McKenzie] is more relaxed and social, she’s a likeable, nice person.”

The sequel stars the original cast members–Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James and David Spade–as well as China’s crush, teen actor Taylor Lautner of the “Twilight” series.

“He’s sooo cute!” she squeals.

Among her favorite co-stars from the movie are Rock, whom she describes as nice and fun to work with and Cameron Boyce, who plays Adam Sandler’s son.

“I love filming scenes with Cameron,” she says. “We’ve known each other for a long time. He plays Luke on the Disney show ‘Jessie,’ so I can walk to where he works.”

The original “Grown Ups” came out three years ago, but China hasn’t been resting on her laurels since then. She’s the star of the popular Disney show, “A.N.T. Farm” and she sings the shows theme song, “Exceptional.”

In her “spare” time, she’s recording an album due later this year with her sisters, Sierra and Lauryn, who together form the band, The McClain Sisters. Previously, the group has recorded “Rise,” a song for the Disneynature film “Chimpanzee” and released their debut single “Go” on Radio Disney last year.

“The music we’re working on together is way different from the music we’ve done in the past,” shares China. “We’re putting all our different styles together, so it’s a little pop and a little R&B.”

But that’s not all she’s working on this summer. She’s going to Canada later to begin filming the made-for-TV Disney movie “Building a Better Boy.” And, if that weren’t enough, this fall China will appear on the ABC singing reality show “Sing Your Face Off,” in which celebrities perform as different icon singers and compete against each other.

“I’m excited for all the stuff coming up and everything going on right now,” she says.

Tell us: are you going to see “Grown Ups 2” this weekend?