Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has gained many accolades in his career spanning college football, professional wrestling, and acting– now he can add Sexiest Man Alive to the top of his impressive list.
PEOPLE gave Johnson, who was named the world’s highest-paid actor, the distinguished honor in this week’s cover story, with his reaction being, “‘That’s awesome.’ And then what went through my mind was just how cool and exciting it is.” He added, “And then I thought, ‘Wow, we’ve pretty much reached the pinnacle.’ I’m not quite too sure where we go from here. I’ve done it all, this is it.”
Johnson says it “took a lot of time” before he became comfortable in his own skin, but with the help of his family, he’s been able to stay grounded. He has an 11-month old daughter named Jasmine with his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian, and a 15-year old daughter, Simone, with his ex-wife/business partner Dany Garcia.
“I’ve made big sweeping changes in my career over the years, which have served me nicely. But I feel that the big sweeping changes that happened in my life, in my relationships, of being a dad, of being a partner, and the things that I was and the things that I am, has really lent itself to a confidence.”
This just means I'm still up at 4am trainin' hard, takin' care of my babies, drivin' my pick up truck and tellin' a few dirty/nerdy jokes… extremely sexily of course. Huge THANK YOU you to the entire hard working and very cool staff at @People as well as all the fans worldwide. I'm honored and grateful for the luv! Remember, sexy isn't something you "try and be". Sexy happens naturally when you're comfortable just being yourself. Trust me, I'm an expert at this. (plus I read the "how to be sexy and a great kisser" guide when I was 8). #SexiestManAlive
Regarding his family, Johnson says, “We just have this awesome family that is truly non-traditional but so rooted in love. And that’s such a cool thing. I’m very proud of it.”
Asked to take a guess at what it is his fans find sexy about him, Johnson quipped, “This is the kind of question that gets me into trouble,” before responding with “a sense of humor. And I think probably just not trying to be sexy and just being cool and confident in your movies. I think with a lot of my fans, I’ve gotten to a very, very cool place where there’s a direct line between the man they know off-screen and the man they see on-screen.”
Johnson reminds fans that “We’ve only got one face. You’ve got to take care of it. So I exfoliate.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday for his Sexiest Man Alive debut.
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