Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson says children used to ask him if he was a girl.
The former wrestler, who turned 49 on Sunday (May 2), has said he had “soft features” and “really soft Afro hair” when he was a child, which often prompted other youngsters at school to ask him if he was “a boy or a girl”.
Dwayne’s father, Rocky Johnson, was also a professional wrestler and his job meant their family had to travel a lot, which left Dwayne constantly changing schools and trying to make new friends.
Recalling one instance — on the bus on the first day of fifth grade when he started at a new school — Dwayne told Sunday Today with Willie Geist:"I sit down next to a kid, and within 60 seconds, he goes, 'Can I ask you something?'" he told Willie. "I said, 'Yeah.' He goes, 'Are you a boy or a girl?'"
Dwayne, who is Black and half Samoan, continued: “I would say between the ages of seven and 11, people thought that I was a little girl because I had really soft features and I had really soft Afro hair.”
On the show, the Jumanji: The Next Level star also spoke about his presidential ambitions, saying he would be interested in running for the position if people “want to see it happen”.
He said: “I have a goal and an ambition and an interest to unite our country. If this is what the people want, then I will do that.
“If the time comes where there is a good amount of people who want to see that happen, then I’m going to consider it.”
On turning 49, Dwayne shared on Instagram: "Mahalo everyone SO MUCH for the morning birthday love."
He added, "I’m a 978 year old T-Rex so you hope with age we all get a little more wiser, mindful, balanced, inspired, motivated and can tell a helluva dirty joke. Today is my birthday AND my cheat day so it’s a double whammy hell yes jackpot. Tequila, pancakes & cookies await!!!" (sic)
Dwayne started filming Black Adam last month; the DC superhero movie, which also stars Pierce Brosnan and Sarah Sahi, is due July 2022.
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