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'Nancy Drew' Star Kennedy McMann Copes With OCD Through Acting: "It Became Therapy for Me"


Mar. 24 2021, Updated 3:42 p.m. ET

The premiere of The CW's ~mysterious~ new show, Nancy Drew, is about to hit our small screens, so it's inevitable that fans are curious about the new series. More specifically, they want to know exactly who Nancy Drew is. 

So it turns out, actress Kennedy McMann has slipped into the lead role on the highly anticipated show. Scroll down for everything we know about Kennedy ahead of the pilot episode!

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Who is Kennedy McMann from Nancy Drew? 

Kennedy is an American actress who was born in Holland, Mich. but grew up in Mesa, Arizona. She was born on Oct. 30, 1996, so she is just 22 years old.

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She's college-educated.

In 2018, Kennedy received a BFA in acting from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She's been on television before.

Prior to her gig on Nancy Drew, Kennedy appeared on minimal episodes of Gone and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. That said, it seems Nancy Drew will be her breakout role.

She's engaged.

At the start of 2019, Kennedy took to Instagram to reveal that she is engaged to her now-fiancé. "WE’RE GETTING MARRIED Y’ALL," she wrote alongside photos of the two as well as the ring on her finger.

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She chose acting for a reason.

Kennedy chose acting as a way to cope with her OCD when she was just nine years old.  

“I got into theater and it became therapy for me,” she once said, according to The Cheat Sheet. “At nine I would go to rehearsal and for those three or four hours, I got to replace my brain with somebody else’s. It was something where I could escape my problems and have somebody else’s different problems and it was such a relief to me and became one of my therapies.”

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She's always been a fan of the Nancy Drew character.

Since she was a little girl, Kennedy always had an admiration for Nancy Drew.

“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," she said. "I was, like, hogging the family computer when I was a kid, and then it just became my laptop, when I was, like, 19. They’re the Her Interactive Nancy Drew mystery games. [I solved them] on the hardest level, I had to or else who am I?"

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So when the role came up, she knew it was a perfect fit for her. “It’s all very cosmic. If I could have picked one person to portray, it would have been her. It gives me shivers to even say that," Kennedy said, according to Cosmopolitan.

Kennedy can't wait for fans to watch Nancy Drew. 

Nancy Drew premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. on The CW, and it appears Kennedy is even more excited than we are.

"It’s a lot of different things," she said of the new series. “It’s nerve-wracking. It’s extremely exciting. I feel like I have a pinch myself moment every day."

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Kennedy added, "It can be overwhelming and also just full of love. We have amazing people in our cast and our crew so being with them and doing this with them is just really exciting and lovely and it feels like we’re actively building these memories as we put the show on its feet." 

We can't wait to watch Nancy Drew!

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