GREENSBORO — Bedtime normally falls at about 9 p.m. for Fallyn Brown.

Not tonight. The 9-year-old actress from Whitsett will stay up with her family to watch the premiere episode of the television series “Black Lightning.”

Fallyn appears in a scene on the CW series based on a DC Comics superhero with the ability to harness and control electricity. Jefferson Pierce, aka Black Lightning, comes out of retirement to again become a vigilante for justice.

“Getting that job on ‘Black Lightning’ is amazing for me,” Fallyn said Monday from her home.

Fallyn plays the young daughter of Jefferson (Cress Williams) and Lynn Pierce (Christine Adams) in a flashback scene in which her mother tires of worrying about whether her bloodied superhero husband will come home alive each night.

When a pajama-clad Jennifer shows up at the bathroom door as her father bleeds, Lynn shields her and tells her husband she wants a divorce.

Fallyn, who attends fourth grade at Sedalia Elementary School, filmed the scene in September at an Atlanta studio.

Her mother, Angela Brown, said she kept news of her daughter’s scene quiet. She wasn’t sure whether it would appear in the final product.

But when she saw the scene in an online interview with Adams, she felt confident in going public. Fallyn also filmed one line in the scene, her mother said.

“We are tickled pink,” Brown said.

She is particularly proud that her daughter appears in a superhero show with a black lead character.

“It’s groundbreaking,” she said.

Although Fallyn filmed only one scene, “We hope that if ‘Black Lightning’ is a success, we would just be tickled if they need a young Jennifer again,” Brown said.

The best part of the experience for Fallyn?

Meeting China Anne McClain, a series regular who plays the older Jennifer, and “seeing Black Lightning’s house,” Fallyn said.

“And Black Lightning’s blood looked so real.”

Fallyn is the youngest child of Angela and Fred Brown, and the sibling of sister Farrah and brother Christian.

She has modeled since age 2 and acted in TV and film since age 4. She takes acting classes and has appeared in three short films, including two student films at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.

Kelsi Chandler, her agent at Marilyn’s Agency, spotted the audition opportunity for “Black Lightning.” She sent Fallyn’s video audition in August.

“We didn’t hear anything, so we moved on,” Angela Brown said.

They learned that Fallyn’s headshot had put her among the top choices.

Then Chandler called to say, “Guess what!”

In October, Fallyn went to Atlanta with her mother and grandmother, Winifred Hinton.

They met Williams, the star, in the hair and makeup trailer. “Oh, so you’re my daughter?” Williams said to Fallyn.

Fallyn even had her own dressing room, with the name “Young Jennifer” on the door.

Salim Akil, an executive producer, complimented her work.

Fallyn longed to meet McClain. She had admired the 19-year-old actress’s singing in the 2017 TV movie, “Descendants 2.”

As Fallyn prepared to leave after filming, Adams asked her if she wanted to meet McClain.

Fallyn sang her a song from “Descendants 2.” She told Fallyn that they would sing karaoke together the next time.

“She was the nicest girl that I’ve ever met,” Fallyn said.

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Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane is a reporter for the Greensboro News & Record. Contact her at or at 336-373-5204 and follow her @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.

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