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She sets the tone. She’s so professional, but so relaxed about it. I think that’s because of her theatrical background. Yes, you show up prepared, but then you’re open to play and discovering where this scene might go. She has that kind of openness about her. As artists, we thrive when we can express our comfort and our discomfort. If a certain scene is really challenging for us, if we’re in an environment where we feel safe, we’re able to do our work. She makes me feel so safe, and so empowered, because I see the beauty in what she’s doing, I see the way she treats everyone so well. It doesn’t matter what you do on the show, she’ll want to talk to you, make a joke, share something about herself. She loves sharing pictures and videos she found on Facebook. [laughs] And her daughter, telling stories about her and her husband.

She brings you in, and it feels like family. When you’re in that kind of family environment, when you’re tasked with doing something difficult, you can allow yourself to be brave because you know you’re surrounded by people that love you, that only want the best for you. From day one, it’s been that wonderful. I was terrified. That first scene we’re in together in the pilot, I was so scared. Here she is, being amazing in this room, and I just want her to think I’m amazing too.

—  Aja Naomi King || How is getting to be a part of a show that’s bringing new talent mixed with seasoned actors? Specifically, I want to know how it is to work with Viola Davis every day. That’s so awesome. I’m sure you get that question a lot, but I haven’t asked it.Danielle Brooks
Dwayne Johnson Named World’s Highest Paid Actor

It’s official - Dwayne Johnson is the highest paid actor in the world.

According to Forbes, the 44-year-old ‘Fast & Furious’ star is 2016’s highest paid actor in the world… managing to muscle out Robert Downey Jr with a colossal $64.5 million.

“Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson elbowed out reigning top-ranked Robert Downey Jr. to become the world’s highest-paid actor–and scored his biggest ever annual paycheck in the process,” they revealed. “Johnson’s $64.5 million payday more than doubled his 2015 earnings, making him this year’s biggest dollar gainer.”

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But where did all that cash come from?

Apparently, his recent box office successes have driven his fees higher than ever.

“The erstwhile wrestler’s millions and millions came from upfront fees for movies including Central Intelligence and Fast 8, as well as the forthcoming Baywatch in which he’s set to play Mitch Buchannon,” they revealed. “A staple of the Fast and Furious franchise, the stellar box office performance of his recent films (including 2015’s hit San Andreas) have seen his quotes skyrocket.”

Of course, that’s great news for Dwayne Johnson… but not so much for Robert Downey Jr. Although he claimed the top spot last year, RDJ failed to make it into the top five in 2016. Instead, Johnson’s closest rival was Jackie Chan with $61 million - making huge amounts at the Chinese box office. Matt Damon came in third with $55 million, apparently largely to do with the huge success of ‘The Martian’.

“Rounding out the top five is perennial list member Tom Cruise (No. 4, $53 million) and Johnny Depp (No. 5, $48 million)”

Will Dwayne Johnson continue to dominate the box office?

For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

But with high profile projects such as ‘Baywatch’ and ‘Jumanji’ on the horizon, it looks as though he’ll continue to make a killing for the time being.

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There was definitely a learning curve, but more so in the sense of taking ownership of my artistry. When you do a play, you have all this time to rehearse and grow into the character. In television, even though you’re waiting and waiting and waiting, once you’re actually on set engaging in the scene with another actor, time is of the essence. If you’re doing an indie and you have time, sometimes you can do take after take after take, but if you’re working in television on that filming schedule, you don’t always have the time to do that. You learn very quickly, I think, how essential it is to come in with the strongest choice that you have. You have that planned, and then allow yourself to keep playing in the moment knowing any of these takes could be the one that’s chosen. That was kind of terrifying.
—  Aja Naomi King || Once you started working in television, what do you think was one of the major learning curves for you?