TikTok celebrity Griffin Johnson is starring in his first major movie, ‘Diamond in the Rough,’ and he’s eager for critics to give social media stars a chance on the big screen.
Griffin Johnson joins the throng of TikTok superstars making their debuts in major movies.
Following in the footsteps of names like Addison Rae, Charli D’Amelio and Bryce Hall who have all announced major film projects, Griffin will star in an upcoming romantic comedy titled ‘Diamond in the rough.’
The film is a golf-focused affair, inspired by classic movies like ‘Caddyshack’ Y ‘Happy Gilmore.’ He co-stars with Disney and Nickelodeon’s Samantha Boscarino, whose character, Ariana, is gifted a membership in an “exclusive country club” but finds the setting too similar to the catty hierarchy she experienced in high school.
We got a chance to sit down with Griffin and Samantha to talk about their new movie when Johnson brought up the “stigma” TikTokers face from fans and critics alike when trying to make something new.
Griffin Johnson talks about the “stigma” of acting on TikTok
Q: What is your response to the stigma around TikTokers entering the acting business?
Faucet: I think a lot of it is honestly, people are a little bit, I don’t want to say jealous, but they love to criticize people on TikTok because the race is… it happens pretty fast, and for different wacky things that people don’t see it as talented. Making this film has allowed me to show what I am personally capable of.
Many of the people around me are already super talented actors and actresses. Going into this allowed me to automatically be surrounded by great people and people who are great at their craft and just elevate me as a person. I think for anyone who has that stigma around them, just watch the movie. Watch the movie and you will see. I think they will understand how authentic and fun this is. I am not worried. I think they will enjoy it.
Samantha: I feel like it’s ‘more power to you’. Especially with all the streamers online. There is so much content out there and so many opportunities. I think if you can put the work in and respect the space and the art and are willing to put the work in, I think, as Griffin says, it will see for itself. I think it’s great. More power to you. Get in there!
Q: What is the biggest difference for you, between shooting a TV show and a feature film?
Samantha: There are many differences. I think this particular film moved very quickly. We shot it in 17 days, something I had never done before. That was his own challenge. It moved so fast, whereas on a sitcom, you have the whole week to rehearse and you shoot the last two days of the week. There is much more time to prepare and get familiar with the scenes.
Samantha Boscarino explains the difference of working with the TikTok star on set
Q: What was it like working alongside a TikTok star like Griffin as a co-star?
Samantha: It was great. Griffin came in with a lot of good energy and took it very seriously. He felt like any co-star you’re meeting for the first time and trying to bond and build a relationship. Griffin brought a very light-hearted energy to the set, so he was nice because he didn’t seem too serious. We were having fun.
Q: What was it like working alongside a Disney and Nickelodeon star like Samantha?
Samantha: I was dazzled. (laughs)
Faucet: Obviously going into this, it was my first movie, a big movie to be exact. Being surrounded by people who are distinguished in space and entertainment, Sam has done real TV and movies, so it was a little intimidating to walk in because, as you know, there’s a stigma that comes from social media and TikTok. I’d say, if anything, it was super uplifting. Sam and I connected from the beginning. We had a lot of fun with the movie and she made it easy for me to act and play my character. I would say I was a bit dazzled at first, but we had a good time and it was a lot of fun.
Make your own movie
Q: This movie is inspired by classics like ‘Happy Gilmore’ and ‘Caddyshack.’ Did you two feel any pressure to live up to these movies? Or did you want to do it more your way?
Faucet: I would say that for me personally, obviously those movies are classics. I think there are a lot of people who have been inspired by that. This is a golf movie, specifically, and people could more directly correlate them. This is its own, something that is new age and super authentic to the culture and the way things have developed today with everything that has happened recently. 2020 is kind of a crazy year. I think what makes this movie and sets it off is how culturally aware it is and how up-to-date it is. I think a lot of the characters and the development of this is a bit more new age and aware of what’s going on in the world.
Griffin Johnson and Samantha Boscarino share the funniest moments on set
Q: What was the funniest moment that happened on set between the two of you?
Faucet: I’ll say it, and I feel like you might agree. The first kiss scene we had. I don’t know if they’re going to add bloopers or what. I don’t remember if it was the second kiss or the first kiss or whatever. When you go to kiss someone, everyone has their own preferred way. It’s different for every relationship, every person or whatever. I think Sam and I prefer the same side. We had a few hits with each other. I only remember that. It was super fun for me, because I never really thought about it until then, like, ‘Wow, everyone has a favorite side,’ and I guess we just have the same favorite side.
Samantha: We recorded that quite a bit on film. So we weren’t that comfortable with each other.
Faucet: It was fun. it was interesting
Q: Did you guys play some golf to get ready on set? You got lost? Do you like golf?
Samantha: I played zero golf. Honestly, every time I saw my cousins watching golf on TV, I was like, ‘I don’t get this. What’s interesting about this? And then, I had to learn for this movie. Honestly, I fell in love with him. I loved the challenge of that. I’m a dancer, so I think that helped, having the mind-body connection. It is much more difficult than it seems. I have a lot of respect for the game of golf now.
Faucet: I have played for many, many years of my life now. I loved being able to say that I’ve done a golf movie now, because I have a lot of golf friends and I play golf all the time. It was great for me. I loved it.
Griffin Johnson talks about future film projects
Q: Do you have any future projects that you can tell us about?
Faucet: You know, I’m actually in talks and working on something soon again with Creator plus. We have another movie that will be culturally aware, authentic and fun. I’m excited for this first one, and once people get a sense of who we are, we’ll have something else for them.
‘Diamond in the Rough’ will premiere exclusively on the Creator+ platform on June 29, 2022.
Fans can get early access through the Creator+ website. Until then, keep an eye on Dexerto for the latest information on other TikTokers heading to Hollywood.