Donovan Carter on Ballers, rise to fame & starring w/ The Rock

One of the hottest actors in Hollywood right now is none other than Donovan Carter, the former UCLA Bruins defensive lineman who portrays Vernon Littlefield on the HBO hit show “Ballers.”

Recently, Carter sat down with Campus Sports following an appearance in the Athletes vs. Cancer Celebrity Flag Football Game in Los Angeles, Calif. — which is an event was set up to raise money for the charity in memory of Memphis Grizzlies star Matt Barnes’ mother, Ann Catherine Barnes, who passed away in 2007 after being diagnosed with cancer.

Carter was very candid with his sitdown, as he discussed the sudden rise to stardom on the show and what it is like to work with a megastar like The Rock.

“It’s surreal, man. God is good,” Carter told Campus Sports. “I’m just blessed to have this opportunity and for people to see my hard work and what it has done and the pay off is really a blessing. I’m just happy people like the show, too.

“I’ve got a great cast, we got a great crew and I’m happy we are going back for season 2. I’m just happy that I have fans. It’s a blessing.”

One of the biggest stars that Carter works with on the set is none other than WWE legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Carter admits that he looked up to The Rock growing up, but he also has some confidence that he could hold his own against the larger than life character.

“I would compete. I don’t know, but we’ll see,” Carter joked when asked if he could take The Rock in an arm wrestling contest. “He’s strong, but it would be a good competition. I’d have to say best out of three, for sure. I wouldn’t [back down]. Absolutely not.”

Of course, like most of us in our youth, Carter was a fan of The Rock growing up and admitted to sneaking out of better during his younger days just to catch a glimpse of the WWE on TV.

“I loved The Rock, man. It was when I was in elementary school and I’d have to sneak up late, because Raw came on at like nine, ten o’clock and I had to go to sleep early. I would sneak up watching, with no volume on; just subtitles.” Carter admitted.

“But yeah, he was somebody I looked up to and it is surreal to work with him, to see the kind of person he is and how he presents himself  — he’s so cool, he’s so humble and he works hard. ”

To check out the full interview with Donovan Carter, head on over to our YouTube page to hear more about what he has to say regarding UCLA, their football program and L.A. staple “Diddy Riese.”

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