The Rock covers EW: ‘The most important thing that I can be is just me’


Who would like The Rock rocking out in the privacy of their own home? Show of hands. Okay, so maybe you don’t get your own 6’5” clone of Dwayne Johnson but if you follow the steps listed in the video below, the new Entertainment Weekly cover comes alive and it’s pretty cool. Once you are done with having The Rock serenade you, you can read his new interview promoting his latest film, Jumanji, that opens Dec 20th. In it, he talks about what motivates him and how he’s evolved throughout his life to become the person he is today.

Whether he’s blowing up the box office or just your social media feed, Dwayne Johnson has earned a reputation as Hollywood’s happiest and hardest-working leading man. Now, he’s spreading holiday cheer as the star of EW’s new cover, opening up about his past struggles, current triumphs, and future plans.

“I’ve realized that the No. 1 thing that keeps me motivated and positive is operating like my back’s against the wall,” Johnson tells EW. “Because when my back is against the wall, I feel like there’s only one way to go: You’ve gotta go forward.”

“I feel like these days, having lived a bit, I’m on my fourth level, and I have a little bit of experience underneath my belt,” he says now. “There’s a greater level of self awareness that I have. Who I present to the public and who I am at home, I try to make sure they’re as closely connected as possible because I realized some time ago that the greatest and most important thing that I can be is just me.”

[From EW]

I get what he’s saying about working with your back against a wall. I can’t say I stay positive but I become a lot more efficient in my solutions. I’ve always worked well under stress – some think better – but at my age now, I can feel the effects of it so I try everything I can to avoid it. But I love what he said about understanding that the best version of himself is when he is truly being himself. I swear realizing this is why my 40s have been my best decade yet. And I do think this works in everyone’s favor. Like with The Rock’s humble-bragging – I believe that’s who he is and it makes it a little less eye-rolly. Plus, his stories always hit me in the feels so I hope he never stops. Speaking of The Rock making me emotional, he posted this on Thanksgiving:

After we bowed our heads in prayer, we went around the table and everyone shared what they were thankful for. Beautiful seeing and listening to everyone speak from their heart. Tears, laughter and boundless gratitude. Personally, I’m a little surprised no one expressed how thankful they were that THE Sexiest Man Alive (I refuse to relinquish my title to Blake Shelton or any man) was sitting at the table. I didn’t want to be a dick and interrupt the prayer, but at some point someones gotta address the elephant in the room. Jokes aside, it was a very special Thanksgiving. As my mom pointed out earlier in the day, there was a time back in ‘87 when we couldn’t even afford Thanksgiving dinner and was praying someone would invite us over their house to eat. We were in a tough spot back then, but we got thru it. And here we are today. One big, extended, blended, slightly crazy, loving, grateful ohana. #sib ❤️🥁💫

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Wow – see? Feels *pow*

In other news, The Rock’s daughter, Simone, has been named the very first Golden Globes Ambassador, which is the new name of the former Miss/Mr. Golden Globes that hands the statues to the presenters during the ceremony. I kind of like the new title. Also, his skull tattoo is finished. It’s an impressive bit of work and when you read his description of it, it becomes even cooler. I have no tattoos but I appreciate how personal they are to those who have them.

Here is how to make The Rock come alive:

What’s that? You want a hug? Aw, okay – bring it on in
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  1. Snazzy says:

    I love the Rock. He seems like he’d be such a great friend to have.
    Plus I want to go to the gym with him. I need some lifting tips

    • Alexandria says:

      He is very endearing to me too, not during his wrestling days, but after. Would break my heart if he has disheartening skeletons in the sexual harassment closet.

  2. Hh says:

    Him not relinquishing his sexist man alive title might annoy me if the winner this year was someone I even remotely liked. Blake Shelton, however? I’m laughing hysterically.

  3. ellebee says:

    Salt & Pepper Rock is something I didn’t know I needed but God knew #Praises lol

  4. CK says:

    I love him and his positive vibe!! So rare these days.

  5. Svea says:

    Since Fast and Furious, I am over him.

  6. Erica says:

    Did you know there’s a Rock Clock app? You can have the Rock wake you up in the morning. Its AWESOME

  7. Claire says:

    The magazine cover looks like Jeffery Dean Morgan!

  8. Lynnie says:

    I don’t know if it’s the naturally cynical in me, my exasperation with men all the way up to here in terms of everything that has come out of Hollywood, the fact that he’s a closet Republican and at the very least going on a PR tour of sorts to cement positive vibes in case of a campaign run, but I don’t trust the vibe he puts out. I can’t place my finger on what it is though.

    • blogdis says:

      I think he is very good at managing his personal image. I do no think however this image is always consistent with who he really is

  9. Apple cinnamon says:

    The Rock seems like a nice dude and he’s very PR savvy but seriously the idea this person thinks he could be POTUS (he has alluded to this ambition multiple times) is disturbing. Of course, considering who’s in office… Anyway, too many delusional actors who think successfully producing and putting together lowest-common-denominator film hits = capacity to run government. Please look up President Camacho’s State of the Union address.

  10. Birdy1955 says:

    I’m sorry but I cant stand this guy

  11. leidub311 says:

    I’ve loved him since he started in the WWF, FOREVER ago. He is the real deal.