Meet Popular Tween: Eliana Su’a!
Oct 13, 2019
Meet Popular Tween Eliana Su’a, you have probably seen her in her breakout role as ‘Sam Hobbs’ (the daughter of ‘Luke Hobbs,’ played by Dwayne Johnson) in “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”.
We were thrilled to catch up with Eliana at our photo shoot in Hollywood Hills, and ask her some of our exclusive questions!
Tell us about your this “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw”, and your character Sam Hobbs?
Hobbs & Shaw is not only action packed but very comedic. There’s a lot of fun banter between Luke Hobbs & Deckard Shaw
Sam is Luke Hobbs’ daughter who is played by Mr. Dwayne Johnson. She’s a daddy’s girl and also really interested in everything he’s doing. She’s very curious and also strong willed like her father. I enjoyed playing the role of Sam.
How are you similar to your character?
I would say I’m very inquisitive as well and always want to be in the know.
What was it like playing Dwayne Johnson’s daughter? Any funny stories on set/ funny bloopers?
I’m grateful I had the chance to play his daughter. I always talked about how cool that would be.
He’s such a positive person to be around, and I felt like I just wanted to do & be my best around him. He has that type of influence on people.
In the movie, there’s a pancake house scene and all I can say is that having Ryan Reynolds on set made us all laugh really hard. We had to try to keep our composure.
It was also fun to pretend I was Moana for Ryan Reynolds daughters who came on set, and it was awesome when “Maui”, Mr Dwayne Johnson, sang a song for the girls from the movie.
Three people—dead or alive, real or fictional—that you’d like to invite to dinner?
Will Ferrell because he’s hilarious. Russel M. Nelson because he’s a spiritual giant, and Clarance from the cartoon because I’d be laughing through the whole meal!
Dream concert ticket (any band, any decade)?
Karaoke anthem? “Happy” by pharrell williams
Favorite artist? Camila Cabello
Favorite song? High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco
Favorite TV show? Blackish
Favorite movie? Instant Family
If you could only eat one thing from now on, what would it be? Sushi
Tell us a secret/ Fun fact about yourself?
When I was 4, my family and I were staying at a hotel when I noticed a big red handle and wondered what would happen if I pulled it. I quickly learned that it was a fire alarm! The bad thing is, it was 6:00 AM, in the middle of the winter, and people had to evacuate to the outside into the snow. They were not happy.
Another fun fact is that my middle name is Sauniatu, and I’m named after a Samoan village that my family is from.
What does Popular mean to you?
When I think of the word popular, I think of being a positive influence and a light to others. It’s about being kind and caring to everyone.
Can you tell us about any other projects you have coming up?
I’m excited for my future in the industry and have lots of auditions and exciting things in the works!