Bradley Constant plays teen Dwayne Johnson in ‘Young Rock’

Alabama-born actor Bradley Constant added one other group to his faculty soccer allegiance after profitable a starring position on “Young Rock,” premiering Tuesday (Feb. 16) on NBC (8:30 p.m.)

“I’ve at all times been a super-huge sports activities fan and a University of Alabama fan,” mentioned Constant, 22. “But now I’m additionally a University of Miami fan.”

There’s a cause for that: “Young Rock” was co-created by world celebrity Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who performed soccer on the University of Miami earlier than worldwide fame as a WWE persona and film star.

Johnson plays himself in the sitcom, which is ready in 2032. He’s working for president and sits for a revealing, no-holds-barred TV interview in which he displays on his life as a child (performed by Adrian Groulx) and through his University of Miami days (performed by Uli Latukefu).

Constant, 22, plays the teenaged Johnson, who’s going to highschool in Pennsylvania, the place’s he known as “Dewey” and appears older than his 15 years (his fellow college students suspect he is an undercover cop a la Johnny Depp in “21 Jump Street”). His mom, Ata (Stacey Leilua) is loving and caring; his father, Rocky (Joseph Lee Anderson), is a good-natured skilled wrestler. Dewey works together with his greatest buddy, Gabe (Taj Cross), at a neighborhood pizzeria.

“Young Rock” marks Constant’s first TV position after spending the previous 10 years appearing in commercials and scholar movies.

“In January of final yr my supervisor despatched me an everyday e-mail audition as common, besides this one had a GIF of The Rock waving his hand ahead like [he was] saying ‘Bring it on!’ “After I obtained the position, [Johnson] messaged me and we organized an introductory name.

“I had questions proper off the bat [for Johnson],” Constant mentioned. “I requested him, ‘What have been the three most essential issues to you at 15?’ and he mentioned, ‘Girls, figuring out and my household’ not in any tiered order. I undoubtedly had crushes on women in school however I did not have the arrogance [Johnson] has on the show. My household is large to me, nonetheless is and at all times will likely be.”

"Young Rock" marks Bradley Constant's first TV role after spending the past 10 years acting in commercials and student films.
“Young Rock” marks Bradley Constant’s first TV position after spending the previous 10 years appearing in commercials and scholar movies.
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Constant has two older brothers, Christopher, 28, who works for a tech firm in Nashville, and Michael, 27, who’s in medical college at Columbia University.

“Me and my brothers are so shut and we textual content one another each day,” he mentioned. “When I used to be in center college they have been in highschool, which was proper throughout the road.”

Constant mentioned that, as soon as he was employed for “Young Rock,” Johnson by no means instructed him the best way to play his 15-year-old alter ego.

“He by no means mentioned, ‘We want the character to be like this.’ It was actually about attending to know [Johnson]. After I requested my preliminary questions it become an informal dialog. He described what his mindset was and what was taking place to him at the moment. I simply tried to attach and to grasp the scenario — that 15 was a tricky time for him. His household did not have some huge cash and he had a tough relationship together with his father at that time.

"Young Rock" premieres Tuesday, Feb. 16 on NBC at 8:30 p.m.
“Young Rock” premieres Tuesday, Feb. 16 on NBC at 8:30 p.m.
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“He instructed me to be myself.”

In an uncommon transfer for a community show, “Young Rock” was shot from final September although final month in Queensland, Australia because of the pandemic manufacturing shutdowns. “I had by no means even left the US earlier than and I used to be actually excited to see koalas and kangaroos,” Constant mentioned. “I in all probability obtained somewhat too near a few of them.”

While Constant does not share any display screen time with the opposite “Rocks” — Groulx and Latekufu — he mentioned they obtained to know one another whereas on location.

“We shot our scenes at completely different occasions however we have been on the set collectively so much and we frolicked, consuming and enjoying XBox,” he mentioned. “We all stayed on the similar lodge. I can not inform you how a lot of a blessing it was to shoot [in Australia]; we did not have the concern of being shut down and we have been in a position to get out and grasp round. Queensland did not have any [COVID] circumstances and nobody wore masks when consuming. I lived right here in LA and labored at a grocery story till I left [for the shoot] final September. It was a surreal expertise.

“I used to be prepared for Australia,” he mentioned. “Everyone there was so sort and candy. It was like a fantasy land.”



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