On Thurs., Oct. 24, Ja’Siah Young will be seen on “Law & Order: SVU.” The episode “At Midnight in Manhattan,” tells the story of three major cases happening at 12 a.m.
The “Law & Order: SVU” appearance follows the charismatic 8-year-old actor’s debut in the title role of Netflix series “Raising Dion,” a 9-episode sci-fi drama about a child learning how to use his newfound superpowers. Dion is being raised by single mother Nicole (Alisha Wainwight) following the death of his father Mark (Michael B. Jordan).
The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several mysterious, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat (Jason Ritter), and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.
The adorable son of Nicole and Mark, Dion is a precocious boy with an affinity for superheroes and science. This affinity becomes his challenging reality as he begins to develop mysterious abilities, making his life difficult as he enters a new school and deals with the trauma of losing his father when he needed him the most.
Though Ja’Siah was only 6 when he was cast in the part, he understands the dexterity of his role. “Dion is a cute and adorable kid,” he says, describing his character. “He’s a typical kid, and he’s going through a lot. He has superpowers that he does not know how to control. His dad just died. He moved into a new house. He’s going to a new school. He’s got a lot of things going on right now.”
Ja’Siah admits he was excited when he met Michael B. Jordan, who is also one of the executive producers “I was super excited. It was so fun,” he says. “I got to meet Killmonger. I got to meet Creed. And I was just starstruck. When I first saw him I had so many questions. He picked me up and spun me around.”