Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is having a hell of year.
First, he was named the highest-paid actor in the world. Now he can add another title to his resume: The Sexiest Man Alive.
The musclebound Fast 8 and Jumanji star made the cover of People magazine, following in the footsteps of actor Channing Tatum, soccer superstar David Beckham, actor George Clooney, and Thor himself (Chris Hemsworth, who earned the title last year).
Johnson reacted to the news on his Instagram, posting that he was “honored and grateful” to make the cover:
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 [Photo: @JeffLipsky]
Johnson joined Jimmy Kimmel Live! while promoting his new film Moana and spoke about his role as Maui, the legendary demigod, and what it meant to do a movie that focused on part of his heritage.
The two poked fun at the idea that Johnson has gone from a muscular wrestler to someone singing in a Disney animated film—something Johnson appeared to be very proud of:
But if there was one detail we picked up on, it was that Johnson looks and sounds pretty, well, presidential in this chat with the late night host. Johnson slyly mentioned how his Jumanji film shoot has “created valuable jobs for hardworking Hawaiians”—perhaps the first salvo in a future presidential bid. He was conciliatory, pointing out how he’d come a long way from being a troubled teenager who’d gotten arrested “multiple times” and who repeatedly stole king-sized Snickers bars from the exact same 7-Eleven on his daily five-mile walk to the gym. And he was every bit the family man, talking about how starring in a Disney musical has been impactful for two of his most avid fans: his daughters. He’s got the basics down—so why couldn’t the guy fit in the Oval Office? (They might have to prop the Resolute desk on cinderblocks to make sure it clears his quads, but otherwise he’d be great.)
Over the course of the recent election and his past comments about the presidency, Johnson’s been asked quite a bit about a potential political career (#Rock2020, anyone?) And while he likely won’t be jumping into the political arena anytime soon—his schedule is far too busy for that—the superstar actor didn’t rule it out either.
As he told Vanity Fair recently: “It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it’s possible. This past election shows that anything can happen.”