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NOC Interview: Joseph Lee Anderson, Uli Latukefu and Bradley Constant of NBC’s ‘Young Rock’

NBC’s newest sitcom, Young Rock, focuses on different chapters of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s life. From growing up in a strong and resilient family, to being surrounded by the wild characters of his professional wrestling family, to playing football at the University of Miami, the show explores the many life experiences that have helped shape Dwayne into the man he is today.

Joseph Lee Anderson (Rocky Johnson)

Joseph Lee Anderson plays Dwayne’s father and WWE Hall of Famer, Rocky Johnson, in the NBC comedy series. Anderson has appeared in the Oscar-nominated film Harriet, recurred on S.W.A.T., and has guest starred on Timeless, American Soul, and others. He also directed and starred in the critically acclaimed short film The Jog, which premiered at South By Southwest.

Uli Latukefu (Dwayne Johnson at 18-20 years old)

Uli Latukefu plays 18-20-year-old Dwayne Johnson in the series. Latukefu will be seen next in Taika Waititi’s feature Next Goal Wins, opposite Michael Fassbender and Elizabeth Moss, and was most recently seen in Kriv Stenders’ feature Danger Close, as well as the new Foxtel drama series The End. He also starred in the comedy series Sando, the third season of the Nine Network’s Doctor Doctor and the drama series Harrow. Latukefu was previously featured in Chris Lilley’s Jonah From Tonga and the critically acclaimed Foxtel series Devil’s Playground, which was awarded the 2015 Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Telemovie and the 2015 AACTA Award for Best Telefeature or Miniseries.

Bradley Constant (Dwayne Johnson at 15 years old)

Bradley Constant plays 15-year-old Dwayne Johnson in the series. Alabama-born Constant began pursuing acting at 12 and convinced his mom to move him to New York City where he would study and begin to gain experience in the industry. The tough environment and fast-paced productivity of the city prepared him for an even bigger move to Los Angeles, where he is now based. Constant previously appeared in the 2018 film Following Phil and has had roles in several shorts before landing the part in Young Rock. Constant is a die-hard sports fan who also enjoys gaming, bass fishing and golfing.

I had the immense privilege of sitting down with the three castmates to chop it up about their experiences on the series. You can catch the full interview below, and if ya’ smell what the NOC is cookin’, be sure to tune in to Young Rock when it returns March 16 on NBC!

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