Last updated on January 9th, 2023 at 07:03 am
As far as we know, Dwayne Johnson is not gay. The actor has never spoken publicly about his sexual orientation, and there is no indication that he is anything other than heterosexual.
He however has never shied off from taking up gay roles in movies. In 2005 Johnson’s character in Be Cool was Eliot, an openly gay Samoan man who worked as a bodyguard in the music industry and had dreams of being a star himself.
Dwayne Johnson or “The Rock” as he is popularly known has now revealed that in those early days of his acting career, he was advised by some “influential” industry people to avoid playing gay, as it could “ruin” his chances of getting bigger movie roles.
He shared his story after his Out cover story from the Be Cool press tour resurfaced online. In typical Johnson fashion, he recalled “nicely” telling those industry folks to “f*** off.”
Dwayne Johnson is one of the nicest and down to earth celebrities in Hollywood.
He has been married twice and has several children. In 1997, he wed Dany Garcia with whom he has a daughter Simone. The couple later divorced in 2008. He remarried in 2019 to Lauren Hashian with whom he has two daughters Jasmine and Tiana.
Dwayne Johnson was born on May 2, 1972, in Hayward, California. He is of Samoan and Black Nova Scotian descent. His mother, Ata, is of African descent and his father, Rocky Johnson, is of Samoan descent. He has four sisters and three brothers.
Dwayne Johnson’s parents divorced when he was just a baby. His mother then moved the family to New Zealand where she remarried. Dwayne Johnson has said that he had a difficult childhood and was often bullied during his school years, since he moved around a lot and was always the ‘new-kid”. He was teased for being overweight.
His Big Break
In 1996, Dwayne Johnson was signed by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He made his debut as “The Rock” and quickly became one of the most popular wrestlers in the WWF. He won several championships during his time with the WWF/WWE including the WWE Championship.
Playing a character in The Scorpion King in 2001’s The Mummy Returns was Dwayne Johnson’s breakout role in Hollywood. He has since gone on to star in many successful movies.
Movies Starring Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson has starred in many popular movies including:
The Mummy Returns
The Mummy Returns is a 2001 American adventure horror film, written and directed by Stephen.
The Scorpion King
The Mummy Returns inspired the 2002 prequel film The Scorpion King, a spin-off that is set 5,000 years prior and whose eponymous character, played by Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), was introduced in this film.
In this movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, he portrays Chris Vaughn Jr., a war veteran who returns home after serving in the special forces.
Gridiron Gang is a 2006 American sports drama film directed by Phil Joanou, and starring Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell and Kevin Dunn.
The Game Plan
The film stars Dwayne Johnson in the lead role, Madison Pettis and Kyra Sedgwick. It follows a professional quarterback who finds out he has an eight-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Dwayne Johnson as Derek Thompson, a hockey player forced to become a Tooth Fairy as punishment for being a “dream crusher”.
The film stars Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, and Alan Arkin, with Terence Stamp, Terry Crews, David Koechner, and James Caan
Race to Witch Mountain
Two alien kids with some extraordinary powers get into a cab that’s driven by none other than Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson.
Planet 51 is a 2009 computer-animated science fiction comedy film directed by Jorge Blanco and starring Dwayne Johnson.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Dwayne Johnson as Marvin F. Hinton / Roadblock: A heavy machine gunner and second in command turned team Captain of the G.I. Joe.
Faster is a 2010 American action thriller film directed by George Tillman Jr. with Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton as a criminal seeking vengeance.
Snitch is a 2013 American action thriller film directed by Ric Roman Waugh and starring Dwayne Johnson, based on the experiences of a DEA informant.
Pain & Gain
Pain & Gain is a 2013 American action comedy film directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie.
Fast & Furious 6
It stars Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner, alongside Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson.
He is also involved in several projects including:
Red Notice is a 2021 American action comedy film written, directed, and produced by Rawson Marshall Thurber and Dwayne Johnson, who also stars in the film.
It is based on Walt Disney’s eponymous theme park attraction. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt and Édgar Ramírez.
Black Adam: Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. With Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Shahi, Viola Davis, Pierce Brosnan. It has just been recently released.
San Andreas 2
Directed by Brad Peyton. With Dwayne Johnson, Paul Giamatti. A sequel to the 2015 action film ‘San Andreas
Dwayne Johnson has had a very successful career in Hollywood. In 2020 Forbes placed him on the top as the highest paid actor in the world.
Interesting Things About Dwayne Johnson
His nickname as a kid was ‘Dewey’ – Which was given to him at about six months old in reference to his diaper. He was with his godparents and his mom asked if his diaper was wet. His godmother responded, “No. He’s just a little dewy.
Growing up he wanted to become a CIA agent – His criminal justice professor and advisor (Dr. Paul Cromwell) convinced him to have a law degree first.
He was on track to become a pro football player – But he was cut from the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders after only two months as a result of injuries.
In his early years as a wrestler, he earned $40 per match – He was so poor that he used to sleep in the locker rooms and shower at gyms.
He has a Bachelor of General Studies degree in criminology and physiology from the University of Miami.
He has his own production company, Seven Bucks Productions.
He has his own line of clothing, Project Rock, with Under Armour.
In 2016 he was named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.
He is known for his strong work ethic – he often wakes up at 4am to work out.
He is fluent in English and Samoan.
He has his own line of tequila, Teremana.