With NBC and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's (WWE superstar, Ballers, Jumanji: The Next Level) Young Rock ready to lay the smackdown on Tuesday nights starting February 16, Johnson is making the press junket rounds in support of the series. On Wednesday night, that meant a virtual trip to The Tonight Show to discuss the upcoming series with Jimmy Fallon– before a very cool musical guest performance from Johnson's mother, Ata Johnson. Not only does she know how to shred on a ukulele, but we think she may have also gotten Fallon to blush.
Here's a look at the interview, where Johnson also discusses how he started up his tequila brand Teremana, the origins of how the series started (and its "presidential" premise), and more:
"Young Rock" focuses on different chapters of Dwayne 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 will explore the crazy rollercoaster that has shaped Dwayne into the man he is today and the larger-than-life characters he's met along the way.
Here's a look at who's who among the core cast members of NBC's Young Rock:
Adrian Groulx as Dwayne Johnson (AKA Dewey), Age 10 – Honest, headstrong, impressionable, and bold.
Bradley Constant as Dwayne Johnson, Age 15 – Doing his best to fit in as a normal teenager but puberty has other ideas. His size and full mustache have his classmates convinced he's an undercover cop.
Uli Latukefu as Dwayne Johnson, Age 18-20 – Has just been recruited to play football on a full scholarship at powerhouse University of Miami. Though a superstar talent, a devastating injury his freshman year puts his life at a crossroads.
Stacey Leilua as Ata Johnson, Dwayne's mother – Grew up in a first-generation pro wrestling family. A strong woman, both by nature and necessity, she's a hopeful positive force in young Dwayne's life.
Joseph Lee Anderson as Rocky Johnson, Dwayne's father – Charismatic and charming, the pro wrestling champion juggles the ups and downs of his career with being a well-intentioned, but unorthodox, husband and father.
Ana Tuisila as Lia Maivia, Ata's mother and Dwayne's grandmother. The first female pro-wrestling promoter in the country. A sweet loving grandmother and when need be, a cutthroat, ruthless businesswoman.
The NBC series is executive-produced by Johnson, Nahnatchka Khan, Jeff Chiang, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, and Jennifer Carreras– with Jeffrey Walker serving as producer-director / co-executive producer. Young Rock is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, Seven Bucks Productions, and Fierce Baby Productions.