Played by Stacey Leilua
Stacey Leilua plays Ata Johnson on the new NBC comedy "Young Rock."
Leilua is of Samoan, Maori and English heritage and is based in New Zealand. She graduated from one of New Zealand's leading drama schools, UNITEC School of Performing & Screen Arts, where she majored in acting.
Leilua has worked on a variety of productions, including New Zealand's longest-running series, "Shortland Street." Other credits of note are the UK/NZ feature film "Love Birds" and the highly acclaimed web series "The Factory," which she also co-executive produced alongside Kila Kokonut Krew under the mentorship of Robin Scholes, one of New Zealand's most well-known producers.
Leilua has also worked as a presenter ("Homai Te Paki Paki") and director with the South Auckland-based theater company Kila Kokonut Krew. Most recently, she performed in Tusiata Avia's "Wild Dogs Under My Skirt," which won Production of the Year at the 2018 Wellington Theatre Awards. The production was picked up for a season at the Soho Playhouse in New York in January 2020 where it played to full houses every night.