In life, there are those full circle moments.
For Arlyn Broche it happened while on the set of the NBC series, “Young Rock.”
It was 20 years ago when Broche met Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his then-wife Dany Garcia.
Flash forward to today and Broche is portraying Garcia in the TV series.
“I’ve had over 700 auditions over the span of my acting career,” Broche says. “When I read for the part, they used the name Gaby Diaz. After reading the script and understanding the dynamics, it was an exchange between Dany and Dwayne.”
“Young Rock” tells the story of Johnson’s humble beginnings all the way until today, where he is a global superstar.
The second season of “Young Rock” delves back into Johnson’s life, continuing the storylines from Season 1, while also introducing new chapters we haven’t yet seen.
As Johnson and his loving, resilient family face new challenges and meet new wild characters of professional wrestling, he contemplates embracing the grind of professional wrestling himself.
The show explores the crazy rollercoaster that has shaped Johnson into the man he is today and the larger-than-life people he’s met along the way.
The series airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, on NBC. The previous episodes can be streamed on Peacock and on NBC on demand.
Broche has been a fan of Garcia’s since the two met.
“Dany is powerhouse with all the letters,” Broche says. “She’s a very impressive business person. But what I really love about her is her kindness and authenticity. When I did speak with her, she was like, ‘Listen, I couldn’t have picked a better person to be in the show.’ She was very reassuring and she’s someone you want to have on your team. She’s a strong Latina and that’s one part of why I identify with her.”
Filming for the series took place in Australia at Village Roadshow.
“It was the same place they filmed ‘Aquaman,’ ” Broche says. “It was surreal. I was in a totally different country. Watching the producers and directors and how well coordinated set was, it was great. The way they handled the COVID guidelines was impressive overall. Everyone from the cast including myself was flown out to the show. They really put it together and got it done.”
Born as the daughter of Cuban immigrants, the Miami native had acting in her blood, as her father was one of the biggest actors in Cuba.
A gifted and creative child, she caught the acting bug at the age of 9, performing at an adult level as Juliet in Shakespeare’s classic play “Romeo & Juliet.”
“That was part of my gifted program,” she says. “I was playing Juliet and had no clue about what she was talking about.”
She attended Florida International University to major in business. One thing led to another, and she decided to change her major to healthcare administration, but after some time of working in the field felt she wasn’t following her true passion and landed in FIU’s journalism program to pursue a career as an on-camera talent and then on to the school’s renowned theatre department where she was taking classes in voice, movement and stagecraft.
Since then, Broche has challenged herself within acting.
“I look for roles that inspire me to step into that world and share a story that captivates and have audiences just say ‘Wow,’ ” she says. “I would love to work in a superhero movie or something like the world of ‘Avatar.’ ”
Though her dream is to create her own show.
“Where I’m in front and behind the camera,” she says.
As her aspirations for her career continue to grow, she also finds time to be a mother and wife.
“I don’t believe in balance,” she says. “When the career is doing well, other things get compromised. When I’m focused and determined, it’s an all-in kind of thing. I have my eyes on the prize and everything else gets put back on the shelf for the moment and then I go back to it. If I’m shooting on set for five or six months, then I don’t see my family. But I’m able to FaceTime with my kids. When I’m home, I make sure I spend a lot of quality time with them.”