“I Was Like Shaking in My Chair” – ‘Young Rock’ Star Bradley Constant Details the Thrilling Experience of Working With Dwayne Johnson

Published 02/19/2021, 6:30 AM EST


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s autobiographical TV series premiered a few days back. 22-year-old Bradley Constant plays the 15-year-old Johnson on the NBC series, and the job is no less than a challenge.

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Playing a character on-screen is no child’s play, especially when the person is the megastar of Hollywood and WWE. However, Constant got a huge amount of support from Johnson himself.

ANAHEIM, CA – AUGUST 14: Actor Dwayne Johnson of MOANA took part today in “Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films” presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

While speaking to WWE’s The Bump, Constant revealed what went on behind the scenes. “It was an open book (if) I had any questions. Of course, at first, I was really nervous. I was like ‘What’s up Rock?‘ And I was like shaking in my chair.

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Once we started chatting, it was just like talking person to person,” thereel-life Rock’ said. “He talks to you like anybody else, and he’s super humble as well. It’s just easy conversation.”

While channeling Dwayne Johnson, Constant necessarily did not mimic the person. During that point in Johnson’s life, he had lots of struggles at home and personal life.

Finding those normal, relatable qualities as just any other normal teenager going through those circumstances, kind of help me ground into that and it took away most of the pressure.

Johnson also never pressured Constant into anything. They both found common ground, and the character transitioned into the screen thereon.

Bradley Constant was shocked when selected to play Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Bradley had just come from his shift at a grocery store when he heard about his selection. He became silent and immediately called his family.

“I closed my eyes and just did not know what to say.” Constant said, “That was the most amazing situation because my family, my grandparents, and my brothers had been with me since I decided to pursue something like this 10 years ago.”

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Although Constant never got to see Rock inside the squared circle, he’s followed Johnson’s Hollywood career extensively. The 22-year-old from Alabama was nervous to play the legend’s 15-year-old version; however, his nervousness dissipated when he sat down with Johnson.

He never placed any crazy expectations on me. He really just kind of tempered my nervousness,” Constant explained. “He’s just so genuine and so down-to-earth. He talks to you person to person, like anyone … He really just reminded me to be myself and have fun. I think that’s one of the best things he told me.”

Since his premiere, Young Rock garnered a whopping 5 million in viewership. As days go by, we’ll see more of Constant on our screen.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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