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In our Q&A series POPSUGAR Crush, we get to know some of our favorite celebs’ more intimate details — from their first celebrity crush to the best love advice they’ve ever received. This month, we’re crushing on Rome Flynn.
Rome Flynn is tackling a new kind of role for himself as one of the newest additions to Netflix’s “Raising Dion.” The family series follows kid superhero Dion (Ja’Siah Young) and his mom, Nicole (Alisha Wainwright), as the two learn to adjust to his supernatural powers. In season one, Dion faces off with his former friend and mentor, Pat (Jason Ritter) — aka The Crooked Man — but in season two, the tiny superhuman finds comfort and guidance in his new mentor, BIONA trainer Tevin (Flynn).
Many of Flynn’s previous TV roles — which include starring on “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Dear White People,” and “With Love” — have been less kid-friendly. But with “Raising Dion,” the 30-year-old actor finally had a chance to add something different to his résumé. “It’s been a dream come true for real,” Flynn tells POPSUGAR. “To get the opportunity to be a part of a show like this as an actor, but also just a person that values this kind of storytelling, to have the centerpiece be this Black boy and his mom . . . I’m enjoying it.”
In “Raising Dion,” the show’s titular character grapples with losing his father, Mark Warren (Michael B. Jordan). And though that strong male figure is missing from Dion’s life, Flynn’s character helps fill that void by building a special bond with the superhero. “I liked his relationship with Dion,” Flynn says. “I think that role could have very easily been put in place to be an authoritative figure for Dion, but I like the fact that that’s not what it was. It was him just being there for Dion, being someone that’s in his corner other than his mom. Because growing up, we all didn’t want to hear what our mom had to say. So I think he’s kind of like a voice of reason for Dion. And I think he just represents light within the show. There’s just something about him that when you see him with Dion and you see them all together, you just feel like things are going to be OK.”
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