The Rock has become one of the most loved figures in the entertainment industry. He has gone from a young professional wrestler to a movie megastar in the blink of an eye and doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
He has starred in movies like Jumanji, the Fast and the Furious franchise, Moana, and Baywatch. Here’s why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has reached the level of stardom he enjoys today.
Everyone knows Dwayne Johnson as “The Rock,” and there is an excellent reason for that. He began his climb to fame as a young wrestler in the WWE and left the company as one of the all-time greats of the business.
He had an attitude, an unmatched way with words and was able to twist a crowd around his finger. He was a fan favorite for almost his entire career in the squared circle. The ring is also where he proved to be more than just a meat-head, and that’s why the fans adored him as much as they did.
He has also shown himself to be a skillful actor. While he plays into the tough guy persona a lot, he is funny and engaging on-screen, and as we saw in Moana, someone who can sing and play a children’s character.
He has also made the transition from a wrestler to an actor seem easy. He did have a dud or two in his past (Scorpion King), but he has bounced back and grown as an actor, transforming himself into a world-class performer.
Johnson has most definitely used his fame and fortune to help those in need. In 2006, he founded the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, assisting at-risk and terminally ill children.
He went to the University of Miami when he was younger, and in 2007 he donated a staggering $1 million to help the university renovate its football facilities. The university subsequently renamed their locker room in his honor.
He has built a fully equipped gym at a military base in Oahu, Hawaii. In 2018, he helped with relief efforts after the devastating Hawaii floods. He is also an active member of the Make a Wish Foundation, and he even donated $1500 to a GoFundMe for an abandoned dog’s surgery.
He’s a Family Man
The one aspect of his life that he has always kept close to him is his family. The Rock is famous for being a devoted father and family man, with his Instagram and social media accounts littered with loving messages to his daughters.
Outside of his direct family, he still has a healthy and functioning relationship with his ex-wife. Dany Garcia has been his manager since the two split in 2008. Both have spoken numerous times about how they could end their romantic relationship amicably and transform it into the successful professional relationship they enjoy today.
If you have spent any time on Dwayne’s Instagram, you will know that he is all about motivating himself and motivating his followers. You can find dozens of videos of him giving very useful and often thought-provoking advice.
He has made it well known that he wants to make a difference in people’s lives, whether it is motivation to get fit, take a chance on a job, or anything else. He doesn’t let a day go by without letting his followers know that they are able and capable.
He also wants to be part of your journey on the way to achieving your goals. As cheesy as it might sound, he wants you to succeed as much as he wants to succeed himself. This connection he has built with his audience is hard to find nowadays.
He’s Down to Earth
Whether he is at a movie premiere or on a famous talk show, you always get the impression that he is very calm, relaxed, and entertaining to be around. He doesn’t give off an air of pretension but instead feels like someone you can be friends with.
His personality might be one of the most significant contributing factors to his popularity. He comes across as a friend or a neighbor, not as a celebrity who feels above everyone else.
In essence, he hasn’t let the fame and money go to his head, and he knows what it is like to have nothing, to have to work for what you have, and he has carried that forward into his life now.
Makes Time for His Fans
Lastly, those who have met him have gushed that he always makes time for his fans no matter what he is doing. Once again, he doesn’t separate himself from the people who helped him get to where he is and tries to give back whenever and however he can.
Just recently, a clip has been doing the rounds of him stopping next to a Celebrity Home tour bus, and he spoke with the people on the bus and had some kind words to say. While it may be a small gesture, you can see how much it meant to the people on the bus. That is the kind of man Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is.