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MFA Acting Alumna Stars in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Youtube Video

MFA Acting Alumna Stars in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Youtube Video

September 1, 2016 New York Film Academy MFA Acting for Film alumna Ionna Meli has now been seen by over 1.5 million viewers in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's video announcement of his new YouTube channel.



The two-minute teaser was produced by Studio71, who will now be in charge of The Rock's new YouTube channel. The YouTube channel, which launched July 18, will feature Johnson’s own videos, a scripted action series, as well as highlight projects from his production company, Seven Bucks Productions.

After submitting herself to a breakdown for the part, Meli received a call from one of the producers saying they watched her demo reel and wanted to know if she was interested in accepting the part. After a thorough explanation of the role from both the producers and the director, Meli was sold.

“It's the first time that I've been involved in a project that has reached hundreds of thousands of people within a few hours — and now over 1.5 million views,” said Meli. “I was surprised how fast the news spread across the world; articles started popping up right away, the video was being shared on social media by Dwayne Johnson and his fans, and I was getting messages from friends asking if ‘it was really me in that video The Rock shared on Instagram’! It was very exciting, and slightly overwhelming, I'm not going to lie.”

Meli has also directed the film “A Little Part of You,” which received Best Short Film as well as Best Actress in a short film at New York City International Film Festival, Best Student Short at California International, and was well received in Madrid and Ioanna’s hometown of Athens.





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