Mackenzie Hancsicsak Age – Where is the This Is Us Star From?

Mackenzie Hancsicsak is all grown up. The This Is Us star is now 16 years old.

The American family drama TV series premiered on September 20, 2016, on NBC, and featured a range of cast members of different age groups. Making her acting debut on the show was a then 9-year-old Mackenzie Hancsicsak who played the role of young Kate Pearson. Her performance drew the attention of the fans of the show who must surely be surprised at the amazing transformation she has undergone since her debut on the show. Read on to find out more about the young actress from Burbank, California, United States.

Profile summary of Mackenzie Hancsicsak
  • Full name: Mackenzie Hancsicsak
  • Date of birth: August 22, 2007
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Place of birth: Burbank, California, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: White Caucasian
  • Education: Second City Improv, Los Angeles California
  • Parents: Melinda Hancsicsak (mother)
  • Marital status: Single
  • Height: 5 feet 1 inch (155 cm)
  • Occupation: Actress
  • Years active: 2016 – Present
  • Instagram: @mackenziehancsicsak
  • Twitter: @MHancsicsak

How old is Mackenzie Hancsicsak?

Mackenzie Hancsicsak is currently 16 years old. Those who saw the NBC show This Is Us would be forgiven for the surprised looks on their faces when they see the actress as she is now. Mackenzie Hancsicsak was a chubby little girl of 9 when she appeared on the show but every indication, including recent pictures, shows that she has done a lot of growing up since then.

For emphasis, Mackenzie Hancsicsak was born on August 22, 2007, in Burbank, California, in the United States. Her birth sign is Leo and she belongs to the Caucasian ethnic group. Although her birth in the United States makes her an American citizen, Mackenzie’s national heritage also includes a mix of Canadian and Hungarian because of her birth parents’ nationality.

Speaking of the actress’ birth family, the public is only partially aware of her mother Melinda who has been revealed to be a Hungarian citizen. Melinda had Mackenzie with an unidentified Canadian father in the US. Further pieces of information have also included the fact that Mackenzie has an unknown half-brother but we have yet to ascertain whether the half-brother in question is from her mother or her father.

Details of the actress’ formal education have not been expressly enumerated as that aspect of her life seems to have been kept separate from her profile as an actress. The only semblance of training she has received was the time she spent studying at Second City Improv, Los Angeles, California, and even that was related to her career as an actress.

Kate Pearson was Mackenzie Hancsicsak’s first acting role

It’s true that This Is Us premiered in September 2016 when Mackenzie was just over 9 years old but based on how TV series are produced, casting and shooting must surely have taken place when she was much younger. When the show finally aired, fans got a glimpse of the actress as she portrayed the role of a younger Kate Emily Pearson – one of the main characters of the show who deeply resonated with fans.

Mackenzie’s role as Kate depicts her as an obese young girl who has self-esteem issues which she considers a by-product of her body type and her strained relationship with her mother Rebecca, who appears to blame Kate for the death of her husband, and Kate’s father Jack after he ran into a burning building to rescue Kate’s dog. He later died from the smoke he inhaled in his quest to rescue Kate’s canine pet.

Mackenzie’s depiction of a younger version of one of the show’s most loved characters set her up for plenty of positive reviews from fans and critics alike.

Mackenzie’s acting career is flourishing

As expected, the number of favorable reviews she received for her performance on This Is Us put Mackenzie in a very good position to secure more roles on TV and in movies alike. While she was filming This Is Us, she landed a part role as one of the additional voices/little girl in the 2017 animation series Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure. She only managed to make a 2-episode appearance from 2017-2018.

She is also billed to play the role of Macy in the upcoming movie My Girls in Summer Sisters, about a young city girl named Penny reuniting with her country sister during summer vacation and she along with some other girls make new memories in that time. Mackenzie has also appeared as herself in a handful of reality TV shows since her debut in 2016. Below is a list of the aforementioned reality TV shows and events.

  • 2017 – Gown and Out in Beverly Hills – 2 eps
  • 2018 – Hometown to Hollywood – 1 ep
  • 2018 – Let’s Make a Deal – 1 ep
  • 2018 – Storyline Online – 1 ep
  • 2018 – 10th Annual Shorty Awards – as Presenter
  • 2019 – Teens Wanna Know – 1 ep

She is still a cast member of This Is Us

It would appear that Mackenzie Hancsicsak is a valued cast member of This Is Us because the showrunners have found a way to keep her on the show despite the inevitable changes that her body has gone through. She has been actively involved in all six seasons of the show through flashback scenes where she has played an 8, 10, 11, and 13-year-old Kate Pearson.

Mackenzie has also formed a special bond with actors Parker Bates and Lonni Chavis. The bond stems primarily from the amount of time they have spent together on the show. It must be noted that the aforementioned actors played the roles of Kevin and Randall, Kate’s brothers on the show. Together, they form the big three and the chemistry between all three seems to have transcended the silver screen.

Her role in the TV series has also seen Mackenzie become a co-award winner as she and her co-stars were awarded a Screen Actors’ Guild Statuette in 2019 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. The actress seems to be on the trajectory to win more awards as she becomes more involved in other projects and productions, her incredible acting talents certainly point towards that.

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Mackenzie Hancsicsak has lost weight

Beyond the fact that she is no longer the little 9-year-old child star who made her acting debut on the hit NBC TV series, Mackenzie Hancsicsak has also undergone a radical body transformation. Her on-screen character’s profile is built around an obese woman who is self-conscious of her weight and it has been interesting to see how the producers have incorporated a trim and considerably less obese Mackenzie into the storyline which even further underlines her importance to the show.

Fans and viewers of the show are well aware of the fact that her older on-screen character had at one point considered undergoing a gastric bypass surgery to deal with her weight only to change her mind and attend a fat camp instead. These fans must surely have wondered if Mackenzie went to a fat camp to lose weight. So far though, the logical conclusion has centered around growth spurts and the transformations that come with them.

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