The TV reboot of Nancy Drew premieres on the CW on October 9 and the task of giving the teen detective queen a modern revival falls to newcomer Kennedy McMann. Like Riverdale, this CW adaptation is a dark, edgy upgrade to the original. There’s a lot to anticipate from this talented starlet who is very familiar with Nancy Drew, as our Kennedy McMann wiki will illustrate.
|About Kennedy McMann|
|Birth||October 30, 1996 Holland, Michigan|
|Parents||Matt McMann, Lisa McMann|
|Address||New York, New York|
|Alumni||Carnegie Mellon University, Skyline High School|
Kennedy McMann Is from Arizona
Kennedy McMann was born on October 30, 1996 in Holland, Michigan and was raised in Mesa, Arizona.
She is the only daughter of two kids born to Lisa McMann and Matt McMann. The family relocated from Michigan to Arizona in 2004.
She graduated from Skyline High School in Mesa, where she was a standout student. She was named student of the month in her senior year and president of the Skyline Performing Arts Club at her school and at the local Valley Youth Theater (VYT). Her performance in Macbeth at VYT won her an AriZoni Award.
In 2019, Kennedy’s cat-loving family moved to Sacramento, while the actress lives in New York.
McMann’s Parents Are Authors
Kennedy’s mom, Lisa McMann, is a young adult author who has published New York Times bestsellers like the WAKE trilogy, the Unwanteds series, and many more. Kennedy’s dad is a musician who has also written books in the self-help genre.
The actress’ brother, Kilian, is an artist and illustrator based in Sacramento, California. Most of Killian’s graphic design work is focused on creating brand identities for different craft beverages.
Being raised by authors, Kennedy came to love young adult fiction, and especially the Nancy Drew series.
“I come from a super literary family. My mom’s an author. I grew up reading the books. I played the computer games all through college. I was hogging the family computer when I was a kid, and then it just became my laptop, when I was 19, (with) different ‘Nancy Drew’ games on it,” McMann says. “So I was pretty well versed. When it came about I was, like, ‘Ah, ah, I’ve been doing this my whole life. I’m ready to go.’”
When she got the part, it had been a long time since she last caught up with the literary character. But she chose not to do a crash course on the Edward Stratemeyer creation, confident she could draw from her Nancy Drew-filled childhood.
McMann Graduated from Carnegie Mellon
Kennedy and Kilian had always had creative passions, something that inspired their mother to pen young adult novels. To help Kennedy cope with OCD in her childhood, her parents nudged her into acting. She went on to perform in local plays in Arizona.
When Jessica Alba opened up about her own struggles with OCD, Kennedy felt encouraged to be an actress, too. Though she still has episodes of anxiety and stress, she is able to become a different person through acting.
After high school, she attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she majored in acting. While at CMU, she built her theater resume and also appeared in TV shows like Law & Order: SVU and the NBCUniversal series Gone.
After graduating from CMU with a BFA in acting in 2018, Kennedy moved to New York where she began going to auditions. She worked as an after-school nanny and would enlist the kids in her charge to help her learn her lines.
Her hard work paid off when she landed the role of the teen with a nose for sleuthing, Nancy Drew, in the CW reboot, making it her first major role in what’s promising to be a long career.
McMann Is Engaged
McMann has been dating a guy named Samuel for almost five years. They were at CMU together and shared an apartment together in New York, but not much else is known about him.
But we might see more of Kennedy’s beau, now that she’s on her way to becoming a star. And, they also got engaged in December 2018!