Dwayne Johnson was awkward teenager
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was an "awkward" teenager.
The 44-year-old actor may have been named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine this week, but he admits he didn’t always consider himself attractive, particularly when he was battling acne and trying to establish his own identity.
He said: "I had an awkward phase when I was 13, 14 years old. I was trying to find my identity and trying to settle into my identity."
"I loved sweets. Every day after school I would go get doughnuts and I would go get cookies. I have an adverse reaction to sugar and chocolate, where I would break out in all these pimples. You could just imagine that, with my curly half-Afro."
And the WWE star – who has daughter Simone, 15, with his ex-wife Dany Garcia, and 11-month-old Jasmine with girlfriend Lauren Hashian – admits learning to accept himself for who he is took some time, but when he finally did, he had the "greatest and best breakthrough" he’s ever experienced.
He added: "Being comfortable in my own skin just took a lot of time.
"When you finally are comfortable with who you are, warts and all, it really allows for a greater confidence in life. Being comfortable with who I am was probably one of the greatest and best breakthroughs that I’ve ever had in my life."
And he joked his latest title means it is "game over" as he’s reached peak confidence level.
He quipped: "The confidence and the comfort level now, it is, what we call in the industry, game over."
The ‘San Andreas’ star recently claimed the Sexiest Man Alive title means he has "done it all".
Asked what was on his mind when he heard the news, he joked: "I said, ‘That’s awesome.’ And then what went through my mind was just how cool and exciting it is. 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!"