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Bradley Fixed, 22, had simply completed a shift at a grocery retailer when he came upon that he would quickly be enjoying an integral half within the telling of Dwayne Johnson’s life story. “I got here dwelling and I used to be enjoying X-Field,” Fixed instructed me. “I obtained a name from my rep who stated, ‘Hello, am I talking to the one who’s starring as Dwayne Johnson at 15 years previous within the new present Younger Rock?'”
Fixed stars as a teenage Johnson within the NBC sequence Younger Rock, an autobiographical sitcom in regards to the 48-year-old actor’s youth. Not solely does the mission mark Fixed’s first main tv position, however in a way, it is also a full-circle second for him, having grown up watching Johnson as a wrestler on WWE. “It was simply so thrilling,” Fixed recalled. “I closed my eyes and simply didn’t know what to say. Then I FaceTimed my grandparents and so they had been crying and my brothers – that was essentially the most superb scenario as a result of my household, my grandparents, and my brothers had been with me since I made a decision to pursue one thing like this 10 years in the past.”
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Although Fixed admits that he was solely 4 or 5 years previous when he used to observe wrestling together with his dad in the lounge, he remembers being obsessive about The Rock and his bravado. “He is simply the best dude on TV,” Fixed stated, referring to Johnson. “The primary film I noticed him in was Strolling Tall and I’ve adopted all his films ever since. I like it all.” Given how large of a fan Fixed is of Johnson’s, it was solely pure for him to be nervous to work alongside the actor, nevertheless, the nerves instantly pale away as soon as they started speaking. “He by no means positioned any loopy expectations on me. He actually simply type of tempered my nervousness,” Fixed defined. “He is simply so real and so down-to-earth. He talks to you individual to individual, like anybody . . . He actually simply jogged my memory to be myself and have enjoyable. I feel that is top-of-the-line issues he instructed me.”
“An enormous a part of this isn’t judging folks, not judging a e book by its cowl.”
Younger Rock deal with three defining chapters in Johnson’s life: when he was 10 years previous residing in Hawaii, when he was 15 years previous after a number of arrests, and when he was 18 years previous attempting to get his life again on monitor whereas attending the College of Miami. Once I requested Fixed what a part of the present’s narrative stood out to him essentially the most, his reply was easy: “the facet of household.” “It is very current in each timeline, each episode,” Fixed added. “[Johnson’s] talked about shopping for the automotive and all that. That is actually humorous, however there are these actually lovely moments between him and his mother, the dynamic of relationship he had together with his dad . . . It is simply such an superior distinction. Tons of humorous stuff, but additionally proper after that, a really relatable fact of life. It is not all glamorous and a shiny, shiny reflection on a famous person’s life. It is an actual man with an superior, inspiring story with unimaginable characters and actual folks.”
As for his favourite scene, Fixed excitedly famous a scene from the second episode, the place his crush Karen comes into the pizza store he works at. With out divulging too many particulars, Fixed added, “I am nervous, I am freaking out with my buddy Gabe. We’re like, ‘What will we do? What will we do? We obtained to impress the women. Look cool.’ So in essentially the most awkward horrible means, we attempt to look cool as she walks into the pizza store. I stroll over with confidence and I do a tremendous impression to impress her and it really works out and I get her quantity. It is one in all my favourite scenes to shoot. I want I may have shot it 100 instances extra.”
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Despite the fact that Younger Rock facilities on Johnson’s life, Fixed hopes that individuals are capable of see elements of themselves in all of the completely different variations of Johnson. “An enormous a part of this isn’t judging folks, not judging a e book by its cowl,” he defined. “There are layers to folks, there is a complicated actuality behind what you see. You possibly can be seen as a punk child, however he is actually a superb child coping with powerful points at dwelling and he loves his mamma. You understand? I really need folks to remove that actual facet within the present . . . It doesn’t matter what you are going by way of, what you have been by way of, you may have optimistic outcomes.”
Trying in direction of the longer term, Fixed does not have any loopy expectations, he simply hopes Younger Rock will get picked up for a second season. Nevertheless, being in a Stars Wars movie is on his bucket record, so I am going to simply go forward and put that out into the universe for him.
Watch Bradley Fixed on Younger Rock on NBC each Tuesday.