The Rock names his tequila company Teremana in honor of his Polynesian roots

It’s been a good year to be “The Rock.” It turns out that Dwayne Johnson was the highest paid actor in 2018. He got married in August. He’s one of the celebrities who has supported the protesters at Mauna Kea in Hawaii against the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope. He’s starred in three films that either have been or will be released this year. The last of these, Jumanji: The Next Level is scheduled to make its way to theaters in December. At the beginning of October, he announced that he was returning to his home in the WWE for the relaunch and 20th anniversary of SmackDown Live. He had one other surprise for fans: Next year, you’ll be able to purchase his tequila:

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has never been shy of his love for tequila — and now the actor is planning to share that love with the world with his very own version of the popular alcoholic beverage.

On Wednesday, Johnson, 47, unveiled the name of his new tequila and let fans know it’ll be hitting shelves soon.

“Ladies and gents, I proudly bring you, TEREMANA TEQUILA 🥃,” he wrote on Instagram. “TERA is meant to represent ‘Terre’ which means of the earth and MANA is our powerful Polynesian spirit that guides us.”

With his announcement, the Fast and Furious star shared a photo of himself and his crew outside the distillery in Mexico. Johnson holds a glass of his tequila while wearing matching shirts with his team in the photo.

“Our goal is to create a tequila that is the best of quality and taste, but done the right way — by hand,” he continued. “Small batch, hand crafted tequila from our Teremana blue agave, maturing in the highlands of Jalisco, for everyone to enjoy.”

His tequila has been years in the making, the father of three revealed, and he’s excited for it to finally hit shelves next year.

[From People]

The Rock is the latest celebrity to release his own liquor brand. His tequila will join George Clooney’s Casamigos, Justn Timberlake’s Sauza 901, and Diddy’s DeLeón. If whiskey is your preferred drink, Matthew Mcconaughey and David Beckham have you covered, and Dan Aykroyd has his own vodka. Dave Matthews is one of several celebs who has his own brand of wine.

It’s intensely gratifying when a project that is years in the making comes to fruition, so while I’m not a tequila drinker, I’m excited for the Rock, and know at least one of his hard-core fans who will be among the first to buy Teremana when it’s released. I hope it’s good! I’m more excited for Jumanji. Speaking of Jumanji, The Rock’s costar, Kevin Hart, had some Halloween fun at his expense.

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  1. Joanna says:

    Kevin did a great job w his costume! I saw a pic of the Rock at 15 and he had the body of a fit adult man. He said when he was in high school, people thought he was un undercover cop lol. I love the Rock

  2. bonobochick says:

    I think it is awesome he honors his Polynesian roots. I do wonder if he will ever honor his Black roots.

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      Oof. That truth bomb dropped so hard I felt it all the way here in Chicago.

    • Sierra says:

      Sorry but why does he have to honour that? Maybe he only sees himself as Polynesian more than just half?

      Unless he has specifically mentioned that he represents both then I don’t see anything wrong.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Huh. Well my question to you is why shouldn’t he honor that?? Because he ISNT only Polynesian. His father is a black man. How does ignoring an entire part of your ethnic identity seem okay or healthy to you?

    • Rapunzel says:

      How does he not honor his Black roots? Legit question.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        Can you remember a time where he has actually talked about being half black? Other than mentioning that his father is black – which he has only done a few times. He produced an entire film dedicated to his Polynesian roots (Hobbs & Shaw). He talks about it constantly. And I have no issue with that. It’s a beautiful culture. But he has NEVER talked about his African and African American roots. No one is asking him to walk around in kente cloth, but it’s telling that he basically ignores this part of his ancestry.

    • Kittycat says:

      I was wondering the same thing

    • DB says:

      Came here to say the same thing. Don’t get me wrong. I really like him. I’m impressed by his success, his career trajectory and the fact that he seems to be a genuinely nice person. But given how many movies he’s in, why must he always be Polynesian or racially ambiguous? How hard would it be for him to honor both ethnicities in his movie roles or business ventures? Given his friendship with Kevin Hart, it would be hilarious if they were cast as cousins or half brothers in a movie. I hate to say it, but DJ’s failure to honor (or even acknowledge) his black roots are starting to border on erasure. Full disclosure: I am an AA woman with biracial children.

    • kerwood says:

      I’ve always wondered if the reason why The Rock and Vin Diesel didn’t get along was because they were BOTH Black men pretending not to be Black. There can only be one on any film set.

  3. Suzieq359 says:

    Bono and Valiantly, I feel the same way. I think he is like many biracial people I’ve encountered, including family members, and gravitates to the culture of the mother. Typically whatever is applicable to the mom is how the child identifies. Halle Berry is an exception but Halle said her mother told her as a child that she was black and would be viewed as such by society.

  4. MariaS says:

    Maybe he doesn’t know how. Tracing your African roots in the US dead ends pretty fast due to slavery but his Polynesian roots are significantly easier to trace (his in particular). It also depends on where and how he was raised and what was celebrated. I’m mixed race. I can trace my Portuguese roots several hundred years back. My SW and SE Asian roots not so far, but farther than my African roots. I literally know nothing about it because my paternal grandfather never knew who his (Black) father was. I look SE Asian, grew up eating SE Asian food, watching Bollywood movies, and listening to Indian music. It’s what I know. I could see it being the same for him.