Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson has been a household name since his days as a professional wrestler. Johnson has since gone on to appear in a number of movies and TV shows, including That ‘70s Show, Star Trek: Voyager, and, more recently on the HBO's Ballers. Naturally, his level of fame and name recognition has grown over the years. Recently, Johnson revealed that he was becoming a jerk because of it, had a moment of clarity, and made the decision to be a nice guy.
Dwayne Johnson has been answering a lot of fan questions lately via Instagram. Johnson, who has always been willing to entertain fans, admitted recently that he didn’t always feel that way. He was asked whether he loves or hates fame and his first response was that being famous was a “tricky thing” to navigate. There were pros and cons, of course. Johnson then proceeded to share a story regarding a fan encounter from his WWE days that changed his behavior for the better. Here’s what he had to say:
It sounds like the moment really impacted Dwayne Johnson’s outlook on fame and his reactions to fans approaching him. It can understandably be stressful and even awkward when celebrities are approached outside of their jobs. In that particular moment, however, Johnson realized that he’d tainted the experience for this couple and it made him realize how much of a jerk move that was. He continued, saying:
Dwayne Johnson then decided to put himself in the fans’ shoes and walked through the scenario in his head, playing out exactly how he would react had he been in the same position. Here’s how he explains it:
It was a teaching moment for the Black Adam star. The encounter changed the way he looked at these fan experiences. In fact, he jokes that meeting and signing things for fans is the “easiest part of my job.” And so, while his fame has grown exponentially over the years, Dwayne Johnson no longer takes his fame and fan encounters for granted. You can check out the full video below.
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