Mason Gooding (born November 14, 1996) is an American actor. The son of actor Cuba Gooding Jr., he had a recurring role in the television series Ballers (2018) and a starring role in the teen drama series Love, Victor (2020–2022). He has also appeared in the film Booksmart (2019) and portrayed Chad Meeks-Martin in Scream (2022) and Scream VI (2023).
Gooding was born on November 14, 1996, in Los Angeles, California, to Sara (Kapfer) and Cuba Gooding Jr. He is the eldest of three children. His paternal grandfather was Cuba Gooding Sr., the former lead singer of R&B band, The Main Ingredient, and his uncle is actor Omar Gooding. His paternal great-grandfather was originally from Barbados.
Gooding attended Windward High School in California, where he played varsity football for four years. He graduated in 2015. During high school, his main interests were football and theater. He wanted to begin acting after his graduation, but decided to attend college after visiting his father on set in New York. He enrolled in New York University Tisch School of the Arts to study dramatic writing and psychology. He dropped out during his junior year in order to pursue acting full time