Birthdate: November 14, 1996
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
The son of Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mason Gooding is a young, ambitious actor who has compiled a series of credits in high-quality cable and streaming, as well as features. His film debut was in Olivia Wilde’s own superb directorial debut, Booksmart (2019), with Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Jessica Williams, Lisa Kudrow, and Will Forte.
Gooding next appeared with the ensemble of the Netflix Christmas comedy, Let It Snow (2019), with Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, and Joan Cusack. Starting off an extremely busy 2022, Gooding joined the ensemble of the reboot, Scream, with Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Melissa Barrera, and Skeet Ulrich.
The Amazon Studios rom-com, I Want You Back (2022), was Gooding’s next feature destination, joining actors Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Scott Eastwood, Gina Rodriguez, and Pete Davidson. Gooding scored a more prominent co-starring role in the HBO sci-fi rom-com, Moonshot (2022), with Cole Sprouse, Lana Condor, Emily Rudd, and Zach Braff. Gooding completed his 2022 movie marathon with a co-starring turn in the Scott Mann-directed and co-written action thriller, Fall, with Grace Caroline Currey and Virginia Gardner.
Post-2022, Gooding is a co-star in writer-director Sam Hayes’ Chicago-set drama-comedy, Pools (date to be announced), with Odessa A’zion, Michael Vlamis, Tyler Alvarez, and Francesca Noel. In 2023, Gooding revives his role as Chad in the sixth edition of Scream, with the action now set in New York City, with Dermot Mulroney, Courteney Cox, Hayden Panettiere, Jenna Ortega, and Samara Weaving.
Los Angeles-born Mason Gooding was raised by actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Sara Kapfer. He has two siblings, Spencer and Piper, and comes from a show business family, including paternal grandfather Cuba Gooding Sr., lead of the R&B group, The Main Ingredient, and uncle, actor Omar Gooding. Gooding attended Windward High School in Los Angeles, where his focus was on theater and football, and then studied dramatic writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He dropped out of university to pursue his acting career.
Ambitious Young Man: While he was still a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Mason Gooding signed with an agent and manager to kickstart his professional career as an actor.