"Christmas Again" on Disney Channel, Disney+ features 7-year-old from Elmhurst

ByHosea Sanders and Marsha Jordan WLS logo
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Youngest star in 'Christmas Again' hails from Elmhurst
James McCracken, a 7-year-old from Elmhurst, is a newly discovered talent and the youngest star of Disney's "Christmas Again."

ELMHURST, Ill. (WLS) -- James McCracken is a newly discovered actor, only 7 years old, from Elmhurst and the youngest star of Disney's "Christmas Again."

It's his first film, about a blended family's struggles through a first holiday.

"It feels very fun, I love this," McCracken, who plays Louie, said of his experience.

Does he feel like a star now?

"I don't feel much like an actual star but I feel like a lot of people know me," he said.

James is in a showbiz family. His mother, Becca McCracken, has a casting company and his father teaches acting.

"It's been a wild ride, it's been really fun," Becca McCracken said. "It's been a new role learning to be a set mom. It's been kind of amazing to watch him fall in love with acting for the first time."

James invited his friends to a special screening of the movie.

"I'm guessing they're going to think I'm a star actor," he said. "The only actor that they know."