Meet Dior Goodjohn: 4 Things to Know About Percy Jackson’s Clarisse Actress
Posted By: Sophia Andrew
Posted On: December 21, 2023
Let’s learn four things about Dior Goodjohn as she appears in Percy Jackson and the Olympians on Disney+
Goodjohn has joined a great group of actors to bring to life the famous young adult book series by author Rick Riordan. This time, it’s happening on Disney’s streaming platform. She plays Clarisse La Rue, a grumpy teenage demigod (the daughter of Ares). She causes trouble for the main character, Percy Jackson, during his short stay at Camp Halfblood.
4 Facts About Percy Jackson Star Dior Goodjohn
Dior Goodjohn Made Her Acting Debut on Glee
Dior Goodjohn started her acting career in 2013, joining the cast of Glee in Season 4. At just seven years old, born on August 13, 2006, she made a big debut on the popular Fox comedy. In the episode titled “Lights Out,” McKinley High’s Glee club decided to play acoustic numbers to take a break, while the graduates dealt with the challenges of life in New York.
In this episode, one of the McKinley alums living in New York was Santana, played by Naya Rivera. Santana had a dream-like conversation with her younger self, portrayed by Goodjohn, discussing the importance of being able to dream openly.
Scarlett Johansson Inspired Dior’s Acting Style
When it comes to finding inspiration for her on-screen performances, Dior Goodjohn, a native of Santa Monica, California, has openly shared that Scarlett Johansson is her primary influence. In an interview with Pop Culturalist in 2021, Goodjohn mentioned that Johansson, along with Viola Davis, has had a significant impact on her acting style, playing a major role in shaping her career.
“I would definitely say Viola Davis and Scarlett Johansson have had a major impact on my career in terms of my acting style.”
In a conversation with Young Entertainment in the same year, Goodjohn further explained that Scarlett Johansson played a crucial role in influencing her perspective on acting. She noted that Johansson had a significant impact on her by helping her change her “mindset about acting.”
“One thing is that, my mindset about acting has changed. Obviously I enjoyed acting from the get or else I wouldn’t be here but I allowed it to get toxic at a certain point. I would worry and stress over the stupidest things like what shirt I was wearing doing the audition and if the way I did my hair would affect me getting a call back or not.”
Inspired by her acting heroes like Scarlett Johansson, Dior Goodjohn came to a realization. She understood that she could let go of the pressure to impress others or be the most competitive and sought-after person. Instead, she decided to focus on acting for herself, embracing a more authentic and personal approach to her craft.
“I stopped caring about impressing people or being the most competitive/sought out person in the waiting room and I started acting for myself. As long as I’ve put my best foot forward and was happy with my own work, I’ll be good. And as soon as I stopped worrying about the material things and let the universe guide my success, that’s when the opportunities started to become clear in front of me.”
Dior’s Are You Afraid of the Dark Costars Blamed Her for Spooky Experiences
Before surprising Walker Scobell with a scare in the Percy Jackson series, Dior Goodjohn had a history of giving her co-stars a fright on other projects. In a previous role on Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark, her fellow cast members playfully accused her of causing spooky and unusual occurrences.
During an interview with journalist Bonnie Laufer, the five-foot-five actress shared that she is “very spiritual” and enjoys activities like tarot card readings. While filming the Nickelodeon show in the Dominican Republic, some mysterious and unsettling events occurred. Her co-star Chance Hurstfeild jokingly attributed these “creepy stuff” happenings to her, adding a playful twist to the behind-the-scenes experiences.
“I know Chance is going to have something to say about this one. So, I’m very spiritual in my own right, and I do alot of tarot readings and things things like that. And when we first got to the Dominican, I was talking about how some creepy stuff was going on in my hotel, and [Chance] was like, ‘This is all because of you. There’s creepy stuff going on in my hotel room to now.’So, I guess you could say that I’m not afraid of the dark because I caused, it according to Chance.”
Responding to these comments, Chance Hurstfield confirmed that everyone on the production was indeed experiencing strange occurrences in the hotel during filming. In a playful manner, he added that they all collectively joked and playfully blamed these mysterious events on Dior Goodjohn, adding a humorous touch to the shared experiences during the production.
“I’m not totally superstitious, but I am going to say that everyone was experiencing weird things in the hotel as soon as we got to the Dominican, and we all blame it on Dior. Because there are just things that would happen that I could not explain. Like my ceiling would start leaking and it is not like there was anyone above us. We were on the top floor of the hotel. My doors that would open inwards, would open outwards instead. I’m sure there is a logical explanation for all of it, but it is more to just put it on Dior.”
Dior Wants To Play an X-Men Member
Even though Dior Goodjohn is expected to stay occupied with Percy Jackson for the foreseeable future, there’s a possibility she might venture into the realm of big-screen superheroes. Expressing her interest to Young Entertainment, the actress mentioned her desire to portray one of the X-Men. Specifically, she conveyed a connection to Storm, noting that she relates to the character’s demeanor, where she doesn’t need to do a lot for people to respect her. This insight was shared in an interview with Younger Entertainment.
“Definitely either Black Widow, Rogue, or Storm. I think I could relate to Storm in the way that she carries herself to where she doesn’t have to do a lot for people to respect her or understand when she means business. She’s kind, strong, and playful but can x you out in the drop of a hat and somehow make it look regal.”
Additionally, Dior Goodjohn expressed interest in taking on the roles of Rogue and Black Widow, two other characters within the superhero universe, if the opportunity were to arise. Her enthusiasm for potentially portraying these iconic characters was shared in the same conversation with Young Entertainment.
“Rogue would be cool to play considering she’s one of the very few female Marvel characters that gets to step into the role of both hero and villain. Her duality as well as her adaptability is what intrigues me the most. And I think it’s safe to say anybody would jump on the chance to embody Black Widow if they could. She was the first female superhero I watched on screen so it just holds a special space in my heart. She’s always cool and collected no matter what bind she’s gotten into, and I think it’s pretty dope she’s able to use that dark feminine energy to her advantage.”
Where Can Fans Follow Dior Goodjohn?
Fans can stay connected with Dior Goodjohn online by following her on Instagram and TikTok, where her handles are @dior.n.goodjohn.
The first two episodes of Percy Jackson and the Olympians are streaming now on Disney+.