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ATA  JOHNSON Played By Stacey Leilua


Played By Stacey Leilua

Actor Bio

Stacey Leilua plays Dwayne's supportive and patient mother, Ata Johnson, on the NBC comedy "Young Rock." After a lifetime of championing her family's dynasty, Ata is ready to make a name for herself in the cutthroat world of wrestling promotion.A New Zealand-based actor, Leilua is of Samoan, Māori and English heritage. A graduate of the Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts, she has also had a range of experiences in writing, directing and producing over her career in the performing arts.Leilua was previously one of the directors of the South Auckland-based theater company Kila Kokonut Krew and has acted independently on numerous Pasifika theater and screen works. She was part of the ensemble cast of Tusiata Avia's "Wild Dogs Under My Skirt," which won Production of the Year at the 2018 Wellington Theater Awards. She toured with the show to New York in 2020 for a season at the SoHo Playhouse, and the show won the Fringe Encore Series Competition that year.Her performance in the first season of "Young Rock" earned her a Hollywood Critics Association Award nomination for Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy. Leilua is enjoying her time in the United States and hopes to finally meet both Dwayne and Ata Johnson in person for the first time since being cast in the series.

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