Mckenna Grace Is About to Do the Impossible: Transition From Child Star to Adult Actor

Do you have any superstitions when you’re filming?

No, but Jason Reitman really changed the way I act. He was like, “I don’t want you rehearsing your lines before you come to set.” And I was like, “Jason, all I do is rehearse my lines before I come to set. I know my lines a week in advance, and I’ve gone over them 50 times with my mom by the time I get to set. What are you talking about?” And he was like, “I just don’t want it to feel like you know how you’re going to say it. I don’t want it to be rehearsed. I don’t want you to read your lines when you come to set.” And I haven’t since. That was five years ago, and since then, I read the script so many times that I’m familiar with everything. And then I kind of learn my lines the morning of on the ride over, and then I don’t say them out loud until I get set, and figure it out from there.

That must’ve been really scary at first, but also kind of freeing, I would imagine.

Yeah, for sure. Of course, I still like to run them from time to time, but I don’t over-rehearse things at all anymore. So, thank you, Jason Reitman, for changing my life and the way I act.

I’ve got some rapid-fire questions now for you. What is your choice of beverage and snack on set?

Diet Coke and trail mix. Ooh, I would chow down on some trail mix right now.

Is there a hair or makeup secret you’ve learned from all your years on set that you do in your own life?

The trick and the secret is just to get somebody else to do it for you. [Laughs] I try to watch them do my hair and do my makeup, so I can do it on my own, but nope. My mom still blow-dries and helps me with my hair every day. Whenever I have to go to work or do things, my mom helps me do my hair.

That’s great. What’d you think of your wig you wore in your first Ghostbusters movie?

It was not a wig in the first movie. I dyed my hair and chopped it up to [my chin]. Yeah, it was definitely crazy, but little 13-year-old me loved it. It was cool. It was fun. Anything to be a Ghostbuster.

If you were to be given a superlative on set, what would yours be?

Most excited to be there. Biggest fan. And most likely to know everyone’s name. I keep track of everything.

I read your next role is in Olivia Wilde’s Perfect, which is the story of Olympian Kerri Strug. Is that right?

No. That was back in 2021 that we were doing production on that. I don’t know what is happening with that film. We prepared for it for a while, but I don’t know what’s happening with it.

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