By Claire Downs
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had a truly amazing life: he’s the biggest superstar in WWE history, his movie franchises make millions and now he’s the star of HBO’s Ballers. He can even make a fanny pack look cool! Yet possibly the best part about Dwayne Johnson is his perfect Instagram feed. Thumb through his posts and you’ll see him helping others in need or inspiring us all to get up at 4AM to work out. He truly embodies the essence of being a baller, because being a baller is not just about showing off your riches. The Rock shows us all how flaunting your true blessings in life and sharing that joy with others is true baller status. Check out these motivational AF pics from The Rock’s feed where he sets #BallerGoals for us all.
His Adorable Family
Never too manly to get sweet with his puppy and his baby girl, especially on V-Day!
He’s like a Fairy Godmother (With Muscles)
The big moment where we surprised lil' 7yr old cancer warrior named "Tater" with his own #BAYWATCH movie poster! I wish you guys could've seen his face when I turned this frame around. When I told him "we're all so inspired by you, especially me" and looked down at him and saw him lookin' up at me, nodding his head with those big eyes.. good Lord I almost lost it in front of him and the whole damn crew. (that actually happened to me once before when I was accepting an award on stage and as I thanked my family, I just happened to catch my daughter Simone's eyes and sweet cheese on an ice cream sammich I almost lost it again). I did exactly what I did here.. paused, gazed into space like a crazy man and told myself "you better hold it together dammit", shook it off and proceeded to continue. Despite my almost tearing up like a baby and ruining my tough guy image, the greatest and I think most beautiful irony about Tater, is that this very special little boy has no idea just how much he inspires all of us around him. One day he will. #OnSet #OurWholeBaywatchCrew #UnforgettableMoment #LiveLikeTater #AndRocksDontCry * special thank you our good buddy and one of Hollywood's greatest photographers @jaimietrueblood and the @forthewinproject charity creating this awesome poster for Tater.
Recently, The Rock made cancer warrior, Tater’s, dreams come true by surprising the 7-year old with a custom poster from Baywatch. Johnson wrote, “Despite my almost tearing up like a baby and ruining my tough guy image, the greatest and I think most beautiful irony about Tater, is that this very special little boy has no idea just how much he inspires all of us around him.” AWWWW!
He Connects With Fans Like No Other Celebrity
I'm grateful for all the gifts that people present me throughout my travels. Got a special one today from a special man. Machete blade from Vietnam Vet John Henderson. Thank you my friend for always being a kind gentleman to me and my crew. I'll be sure to use this machete to shave my face or use it as a "problem solver" when any one of my Hollywood actor buddies get outta line. ✔️ #OGJohn #VietnamVet #Machetes #KindOfGiftThatOnlyRealOGsCanGive
When The Rock received a baller machete from a fan and Vietnam Vet, he expressed deep gratitude for his diverse fan base.
He Snags Perfect Selfies with His Favs
Dwayne Johnson knows how to selfie, which is good because he’s constantly surrounded by a crew of talented stars! Even though he joked that “Kevin ruined the picture,” he gave Ariana props for “killing it” in the music world.
When Two Dwaynes Meet
Good to kick it w/ my boy @liltunechi since my production company #SevenBucksProds is shooting an epic series on iconic artists and how their music impacted historical events.. got his perspective on the 9/11 attacks (he was in NYC at that time) and when Hurricane Katrina devastated his home of New Orleans and the creative inspiration he drew from those events. Been a big fan of this dude since his Cash Money/HOT BOYS days and the best part of our convo was I asked him when he was getting a lil' down time and he said "What's that?" . Amen to that.. #PartnerInGrind #YoungMoney #SevenBucksProds
Arguably two of the hardest working entertainers connect to talk about something they don’t have much of, “down time.” As Lil Tunechi asked, “what’s that?”
His Random Run-Ins With Superfans Are Epic
Maybe it's random or maybe it's holiday fate… either way it makes my heart sing… I decide to take a Sunday drive in my pick up to run errands and go train at my buddy's gym. As I'm driving down the road I see three young girls holding signs that just say "Beep", "Happy Holidays" etc. So I drive by and do what anyone would do.. I beep and wave. As I look in my rearview I can see that they're pointing at my truck (my all black pick up is pretty recognizable in our little country town). I go train and run my errands and over 3 HOURS later I'm driving back down our little backroad and the same three angels are standing by the side of the road – only this time they're jumping up and down, waving and screaming as I drove by. I thought, "Did those signs say my name?"…"Should I turn around just in case?" I decide to hit the brakes and look in my rearview and in that very moment I see them going BONKERS! I flipped a U-turn and drove back to them. They were elated. So was I. These little angels waited outside for over 3 hours for me to hopefully drive back down their road.. their mom and dad came running out and we all exchanged hugs and took pics. I made sure I got a pic with my phone, wished them all Happy Holidays, got back in my truck and went on my way. The coolest part of this whole random (or maybe fateful) act is that by turning around I literally got to meet some of the sweetest and kindest little ladies and family I'd ever met. May sound silly or corny, but moments like this are by far the greatest part of fame. Happy Holiday's guys and thank you universe for this really cool moment. #CheckoutSantaWithThePhotoBomb #GreatestFansInTheWorld
On his way to do errands, Dwayne drove by three little girls holding signs that said “Happy Holidays.” When he drove down the same road, three hours later, the girls were waiting for him, holding “Please Stop, The Rock” signs. He quickly turned the car around for an impromptu photo opp.
He Mentors Young Ballers
Part of being a baller is mentoring the little ballers; like when The Rock invited a youth flag-football team to join him on set.
He’s Always Working For a Good Cause
A powerful thing happened today… The rate of recidivism in the U.S. prison system is over 70%. Meaning over 70% of inmates released from prison will commit a crime and return back to prison. Staggering. Here in Miami, we have one of the most hard core and unrelenting bootcamp prisons in the world. And our rate of recidivism is 8%. EIGHT PERCENT. I told these young men 6 months ago when they first arrived that the life they once knew, was over. That they would get broken down to their core – physically and mentally in ways they never imagined – but I also told them they would never break. Big difference. They never broke and today they graduate and become free men. Better men. Very proud of this program, its staff and the impact it has on our prison system and more importantly, caring about young lives that matter. Congratulations men. Just like we talked about.. be a leader, be disciplined and earn that respect. It's all up to you. #DadeCounty #BootCamp #Graduation #AGreatDay
Dwayne Johnson partnered with HBO to produce and star in a new documentary called Rock and a Hard Place, which follows Johnson to a prison boot camp aimed at helping incarcerated youths get back on their feet. Truly inspirational.
He’s Never Afraid To Show His Sensitive Side
Even a swole 6’5″ dude like The Rock is charmed by the insane cuteness of his tiny french bulldog, Hobbs.
Ladies Go Crazy For The Rock
When you’re as successful (and ripped) as The Rock, ladies crush HARD.
Superfan Gets Super Cut
There is no question “The People’s Champ” is beloved by his fans. Some will even go to the extreme to prove it. Like this guy giving props at the barber.
His Catchphrase Will Never Get Old
As a baller, everybody wants to BE you. Including Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane who got a little help from Dwayne to nail his signature catchphrase!