Constant’s scenes as teenage Dwayne are set around 1987, when The Rock was just an oversized, mustachioed kid in high school trying to impress girls. It’s the first major role for Constant, who admits he was impressed when he first set eyes on Johnson in real life.
“I watched him on set,” Constant told Looper. “When I got there, Randall Park was there and they were filming together. I was like, ‘I can’t believe I’m watching these people film.’ I have so much to learn. Then, between takes, I get distracted, I look at my phone, and Dwayne sticks his head in the door and smiles. I am losing my mind; I literally drop my phone when he walks in. I walked up to him and had planned to shake his hand and do the whole thing, but I gave him a big ol’ hug.
But Constant didn’t stop there. “I think I hugged him over and over 12 times. He probably said ‘kid get off me’ but I was excited. It was such a build up because we met via Zoom and had a few texts here and there, but meeting in person was very special.”
During their brief encounter, Constant also received some words of encouragement from Johnson.
“He took his time … and complimented my role on the show and said, ‘You’re doing a good job,'” says Constant. “It means the most because I’ve always wanted to make sure I’m doing what’s right for him and his family. We all feel that way because it’s real life; it’s not just a show. It was very special.”
Season 3 of Young Rock airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. Episodes are then available to stream on Peacock the next day.