Who is Parker McKenna Posey?
Parker McKenna Posey was born on 18 August 1995, in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is an actress, art curator, designer, and philanthropist, best known from rising to fame through her role in the television sitcom “My Wife and Kids” in which she portrayed the youngest member of the family, Kady Kyle.
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The Riches of Parker McKenna Posey
As of mid-2020, Parker McKenna Posey’s net worth is estimated to be over $1.5 million, earned through her still young career in acting; most of her wealth is due to the success she had as a child actress. She’s recently returned to acting as an adult, appearing in films, television shows, commercials, and stage productions.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Parker McKenna is of Native American, African-American, Italian, and Irish descent. She grew up alongside two siblings, and growing-up in Los Angeles, she became very familiar with the world of acting due to her mother working as an actress. Later on her parents divorced, and while she remained connected to both parents, she remained mostly with her mother, but would later have three half-siblings from through her father.
Even as a toddler, her mother started taking her to auditions, which led to her first professional opportunity, commercial work for the camera company Kodak.
A few years later she resumed doing acting projects as she enjoyed them, leading her to work as a model for several Disney clothing catalogs. She also appeared in a commercial for the brand Old Navy, a clothing company that is a subsidiary of Gap – the store has its main operations within California which led to the opportunity. She also made an appearance in the music video “Sweet Sweet Baby” by Macy Gray.
My Wife and Kids
In 2001, Posey got her first television role at the age of six, as a guest in the series “NYPD Blue”. The police procedural show aired from the 1990s up to the mid-2000s, following the story of a detective squad working as a part of a fictional precinct within Manhattan.
The show was very popular during its time, gaining praise for its realistic storylines and its inherent grittiness.
However, it was her next project that launched her career, as she was cast in the sitcom “My Wife and Kids” as Kady, the youngest family member. The sitcom aired on ABC for five seasons, and starred Damon Wayans as the patriarch of an upper middle-class family whose members are semi-dysfunctional. The show portrays his unusual parenting, the events that the family goes through, and his impartation of life lessons using humor. The show was an unexpected hit, and won numerous awards during its run.
It became syndicated internationally, first airing in Canada and the UK before many other parts of the world. The show also starred Tisha Campbell-Martin, George O. Gore II, and Jennifer Freeman. For her performances, Parker was nominated for two Young Artist Awards.
Life After My Wife and Kids
While the show was very popular for a few years, interest in it eventually died down, and coupled with the desire of Wayans to pursue other projects, the show was canceled in 2005. While working on the show Parker also had a few guest roles, including an appearance in the series “Strong Medicine”. The show was known for its focus on feminist issues, along with its overarching medical theme.
Following the end of “My Wife and Kids”, she mostly did television movies, and was seen in projects such as “Meet the Santas” and “Summer Camp”.
She also made an appearance in the show “iCarly”, a sitcom that aired on Nickelodeon starring Miranda Cosgrove and Jennette McCurdy. It follows the story of a teenage girl who creates a web show called iCarly alongside her best friends; the show tackles her rise to fame as an internet star, while also dealing with problems often encountered in adolescence. In 2007, she made her film debut playing the character Elizabeth in “Alice Upside Down”, based on the book series “Alice” written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
The film had a limited screening before it was released straight to video. Stars of the film included Alyson Stoner, Lucas Grabeel and Bridgit Mendler.
Hiatus and Return
As Posey approached her teenage years, she focused a lot on theatre acting, appearing in a production of “Restless Peace”, then working with the Blank Theatre Company in a production of “Shock Therapy”. Wanting to complete her education and take a break from acting, she then went on a hiatus for six years to do just that.
While there was speculation that she wouldn’t return, she then made her presence known once more as a young adult, creating public accounts on various social media platforms.
Her return marked a very different image from her younger years, as she showed a more sensual side of herself, as she’d worked on her figure and her image a lot more. This soon led to her return to acting in the film “This Is Real”, before appearing in “Streets of Money”. Afterwards, she made an appearance in the series “Snowfall” which aired on FX – set during the 1980s, and deals with the crack epidemic in Los Angeles.
In 2013, rumors were spread by blogger Sandra Rose claiming that Parker McKenna is bisexual, prompting her mother to respond, stating that she is straight and in a relationship with actor Mandela Van Peebles.
Their relationship quickly became public. and they stayed together for two years before separating. Shortly afterwards, she was spotted dating rapper Problem, spending time in Hawaii together, but nothing much came out of it. In 2018, she was romantically linked with YouTube personality Chris Sails, but it didn’t turn into a relationship.
Apart from her acting work, she spends a lot of time helping various charities, particularly with the Stand Up to Cancer Foundation which she has supported for over six years. She also aspires to create a non-profit organization herself one day.