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Mckenna Grace as Jan Broberg in Peacock's 'A Friend of the Family.

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Mckenna Grace: On the Verge of Making Emmys History

NOTE: This article is 12 months old and may not include the most recent information.

Mckenna Grace, a Trevor Decker News favorite and a rising star in the entertainment industry, has been making waves with her recent performances. Grace could potentially make history with her latest roles. In 2021, at the age of 15, Grace became the first child ever nominated for a guest acting Emmy for her role as Esther Keyes on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” This year, she may receive another Best Drama Guest Actress nomination for the same role, as well as a Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actress nomination for Peacock’s “A Friend of the Family.” If she manages to secure nominations in multiple Emmy categories, Grace would become the all-time youngest performer to achieve this feat, according to Gold Derby.

The talented actress, who will turn 17 just 17 days before the 2023 Emmy nominations announcement, stars in “A Friend of the Family” as Jan Broberg, a future actress kidnapped at ages 12 and 14 by her neighbor, Robert Berchtold. Gold Derby highlights the true crime series’ star-studded cast, which includes Jake Lacy as Berchtold and Colin Hanks and Anna Paquin as Broberg’s parents. The current multi-category age record is held by Kristy McNichol since 1980, who was just two months shy of turning 18 when she received her sole Best Drama Actress notice for “Family.”

Gold Derby also notes that the youngest person to have achieved TV academy recognition for two different roles is Angelina Jolie, who was a double nominee at age 23 for the 1998 telefilms “Gia” (lead) and “George Wallace” (supporting). If nominated for both “A Friend of the Family” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Grace would become the fourth youngest actor with multiple Emmy bids to her name.

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A victory in either category would make Grace the fifth youngest acting Emmy winner ever. However, Gold Derby points out that overcoming 100-to-1 odds may be a challenge. Yet, past Emmy contenders like Sarah Paulson (“Impeachment”), Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”), and Tyler James Williams (“Abbott Elementary”) have defied the odds before. With Grace’s previous Emmy nomination and the potential for “A Friend of the Family” to be a major player for Peacock, her chances of making history seem promising. As Gold Derby reports, having already made Emmys history once, Mckenna Grace could very well do it again, showcasing her remarkable talent and promising career.

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