Without a "Jr." at the end of his name, you may not have connected that Love, Victor star Mason Gooding is the son of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. But one look at the 23-year-old’s resume confirms that he definitely inherited the acting gene from his father.
Over the last couple of years, the former NYU student has appeared on episodes of Ballers, The Good Doctor, and Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, but his role as jock Andrew in Hulu’s Love, Victor has officially elevated him to heartthrob status — and led to thousands of Google searches asking if he has a girlfriend.
Mason Gooding doesn't appear to have a girlfriend at the moment.
The California native hasn’t been linked to anyone publicly, though he did bring a date to the May 2019 premiere of Booksmart, in which he played Molly's (Beanie Feldstein) love interest. We were unable to identify the lucky lady or determine whether the pair was dating at the time.
Despite playing the cool kid in both Booksmart and Love, Victor, Mason revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that he was never part of the popular crowd. "I was more close to my comic books and video games than I certainly was to other teens," he admitted.
The middle child expounded on his teenage mindset in a chat with W magazine. "I was very cynical. I didn’t necessarily think that people wanted to be friends with me because of some snap judgment I made, and I assumed they were doing the same," he confessed.
It took several more years for Mason to realize how damaging that type of mentality can be. "It’s not the people who are the most guarded or the most closed off to others, but the people who are the most positive that end up reaping the benefits of social success," he shared.
Growing up as a "dorky kid" turned out to be a good thing for Mason's career.
It’s hard to believe that the handsome actor "wasn’t so socially adept" in his teenage years, but he explained that being awkward had its advantages.
"It’s funny because people ask stuff about playing the cool kid in high school, and they think that if you were that in high school, it’s so much easier. I actually think on the contrary," Mason mused in his interview with W. "I sort of was able to watch the cool kids and see how they move and go, 'Oh, this is why people like them.'"
As for his famous father, Mason is refreshingly honest when it comes to talking about how his dad’s accomplishments have shaped his own. "I'm luckily blessed to have him in my life," he told ET.
"I have friends and people who attribute who my father is and how that relates to me being lucky, and I'm like, 'That is absolutely right,'" he added. "I would be an idiot if I was not able to see how the work that he's done paved the foundation for what I'm able to do."
The entire first season of Love, Victor is now available to stream on Hulu.