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Rise's Damon J. Gillespie & Fiancee Grace Aki Step Out For 'A Quiet Place' Premiere

Rise's Damon J. Gillespie & Fiancee Grace Aki Step Out For 'A Quiet Place' Premiere

Damon J. Gillespie and his fiancee Grace Aki stick close together on the red carpet at the premiere of A Quiet Place held at AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City on Monday night (April 2).

Just hours before, the Rise actor was seen out with co-star Auli’i Cravalho, promoting their new NBC series.

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Damon and Grace, who just recently announced their engagement, actually got engaged on the Rise set!

Grace shared the sweet story in a cute Instagram post. Check it out below:

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Rise's Auli'i Cravalho & Damon J. Gillespie Open Up About Their Close Friendship Off Screen

Rise's Auli'i Cravalho & Damon J. Gillespie Open Up About Their Close Friendship Off Screen

Auli’i Cravalho and Damon J. Gillespie pose together just outside of the Build Series studios in New York City on Monday morning (April 2).

The two Rise actors appeared on the program to chat about their new NBC series. You can watch their interview below!

Speaking with THR just recently, Auli’i and Damon opened up about how their on-screen friendship turned into a strong bond off-screen as well.

“He’s fantastic,” Auli’i says of Damon. “I’m really grateful to have a co-star that I trust in the sense where I’ve never played a character in this particular field.”

He added that their friendship has only gotten stronger since they started to film the show.

“Now that we’ve done more of the show, we’ve gotten to have a lot more encounters just she and I, so we have more time to talk, and we have more time to really form a really close friendship,” Damon shared. “…It’s really blossoming into a really pleasant friendship.”

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Rise's Auli'i Cravalho & Damon J. Gillespie Talk Those 'Glee' Comparisons

Rise's Auli'i Cravalho & Damon J. Gillespie Talk Those 'Glee' Comparisons

With only one episode, Rise has quickly become one of our fave new TV shows, and yes, we get little Glee vibes, but it’s definitely not Glee.

Stars Auli’i Cravalho and Damon J. Gillespie are here to remind us of that too.

“We’re very different. We’re a show within a show,” Auli’i shared in a recent interview. “We’re putting on Spring Awakening within Rise. The real heart of the show is in fact the students and Lou, the teacher, and Tracy and how they’re coming together and really inspiring everyone. And then we also have the musical aspect.”

Damon joked that they’re “not gonna randomly break out into song like some of the other musical shows or movies that we’ve seen.”

He added, “The music serves either as an underscore or a parallel to what’s going on outside of the theater. But it’s a lot like Friday Night Lights. It wasn’t all about football — it was about these people’s lives around what’s going on.”

Get a sneak peek of what’s going on in tonight’s new episode in the gallery below!

Rise airs @ 9PM ET/PT on NBC.

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Auli'i Cravalho & Damon J. Gillespie Impress Their Teachers in 'Rise' Sneak Peek - Watch Now!

Auli'i Cravalho & Damon J. Gillespie Impress Their Teachers in 'Rise' Sneak Peek - Watch Now!

We cannot wait for the premiere of Rise this week!

In a new sneak peek at the show, stars Auli’i Cravalho and Damon J. Gillespie receive an acting lesson from their drama club teachers.

While running through lines for Spring Awakening, Damon‘s character Robbie is a little tense.

But with a little help from Mr. Mazzuchelli, who tells him to “not act,” and just to be himself, Robbie totally nails the part.

By the end of the scene, Robbie and Auli’i‘s character look like they’re about to kiss, with emotion exuding from the two students.

Rise premieres March 13 at 10/9c on NBC.

Check out the entire video below…

Auli'i Cravalho Reveals How She Connects With 'Rise' Character Lilette

Auli'i Cravalho Reveals How She Connects With 'Rise' Character Lilette

Auli’i Cravalho shines in a blue lace dress at the NBC Press Event held at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City on Thursday afternoon (March 8).

The 17-year-old actress joined her Rise co-star Damon J. Gillespie on the red carpet, just a day after the premiere event for their new series.

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“High school amplifies emotions so much. I’m 17, and Lilette’s at least a sophomore,” Auli’i shared with Elle about the connection with her character.

She adds, “Through her, I’ve had quintessential high school experiences, [like] attending a house party.”

Rise premieres next week on NBC.

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