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While fans are certainly enjoying Delon De Metz as Zende on The Bold and the Beautiful, he wasn’t the actor who originated the role. The actor who originated the role of “adult Zende” was Rome Flynn. In 2018, Flynn won a Daytime Emmy for his role on the show. Now, however, he’s in a new role on a new show. The show is called Raising Dion and he plays Tevin on the hit Netflix show.

The Bold and the Beautiful star Rome Flynn in a black cap with a black shirt and a black jacket
‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ alum Rome Flynn | Paul Morigi/Getty Images

Rome Flynn talked about ‘Raising Dion’ and his role on the Netflix show

In an interview with POPSUGAR, Rome Flynn talked about his new role on the Netflix show Raising Dion. The show’s second season premiered on the streaming giant on Feb. 1. Flynn plays Tevin, the new mentor to the show’s lead character, Dion (played by Ja’Siah Young).

He told the outlet that he was happy he got the role because roles on such shows as The Bold and the Beautiful weren’t family-friendly fare. What’s more, this family-friendly role on Raising Dion would be something his daughter, and his nephews, see on television.

“I’ve done a bunch of projects where I’m like, ‘Cool, that’s tailored towards certain genres or groups,’ but never anything I could actually have any of my nephews, or even my daughter, watch,” he said. “They never watch me in anything, so they can watch me in this and, all of a sudden, I’m cool again. That’s all this is about. I’m just trying to be cool with all the little kids in my life.”

He played Zende on ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ from 2015 to 2017

Zende originally came onto The Bold and the Beautiful canvas in 2011. He encountered his adoptive parents in Africa, where he’d been living after his birth parents died of AIDS. His adoptive parents brought Zende back to the United States, but they all ended up leaving Los Angeles and moving to Florida.

An adult Zende was then brought back to the canvas in the 2010s, and this time, he was an adult. Zende returned to Los Angeles to work at Forrester Creations, his family’s company. During this time, he was perhaps best known for his relationship with Nicole Avant. At the time of the character’s last departure, the two got married and moved out of the country.

Flynn originated the role of an adult Zende in 2015 and played the role until 2017. His depiction of the character helped him make history.

Flynn was the first Afro-Latino to win a Daytime Emmy

In January 2022, Flynn sat down with Becky G to discuss his history-making Daytime Emmy win. Flynn won the coveted award in 2018 for playing Zende on The Bold and the Beautiful. And, as it turned out, he was the first Afro-Latino actor to win a Daytime Emmy award.


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Raising Dion is now airing on Netflix.