From ‘Black-ish’ star Marsai Martin’s first-look deal at Universal to Millie Bobby Brown’s detective feature at Legendary, child stars “aren’t just waiting for the phone to ring for another acting job.”

Nail-biting parents are routinely seen on the soccer sidelines or in the audience of ballet recitals. And occasionally they turn up in Hollywood pitch meetings.

Crystal Grace found herself in a stretch of such meetings early this spring, sweating as she watched her 12-year-old daughter, Captain Marvel star Mckenna Grace, parry queries from film executives four times her age. The young actress was trying to set up an adaptation of Annie Hartnett’s Rabbit Cake, a coming-of-age novel that struck a chord when she read it two years ago.

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