Dwayne Johnson Overcomes Depression
Most of you do not expect to see the title “Dwayne Johnson Overcomes Depression” because in public appearances he exudes energetic confidence. Whether he is greeting fans, paying a visit to hospitalized children, or doing promotion of his movies, the hulk of an actor is warm, outgoing, and engaging, always ready to flash his neon smile. But that is exactly what he underwent after he was snubbed by the National Football League (NFL) after having played football for 4 years at the University of Miami. And, so did the Calgary Stampeders, a team in the Canadian Football League.
At that time, he was just 23 years. Financially and emotionally broken, Johnson found himself living with his parents in their small apartment in Tampa, “crying by myself on my sofa and feeling that my life was finished.” “I didn’t know what it was,” he told the Hollywood Reporter in a 2014 interview. “I didn’t know why I didn’t want to do anything. I had never experienced anything like that.” What saved him ultimately was his faith in God.
The actor, producer, and wrestler explained how faith helped him overcome the depression and heal from the pain. “At that time, which was five or six years ago, for me I was little unsure of what was actually gonna happen, you know, so I just have to, put my faith in God and continue to work hard and hopefully good things will happen,” he said, talking to Oprah in 2015.
Before the Oprah appearance, Johnson confessed in an interview that he used to be fearful of his future, but now he isn’t anymore because of God.
He added: “I have my own special relationship with God, you know, and I certainly, I feel very blessed. I count my blessings, every day.”
Dwayne Johnson Gets Going with His Career Despite Depression
Johnson pulled himself through by following his father into pro wrestling. His father thought it would be the “biggest mistake of his life” and he would be ruining his career by going into professional wrestling, “But I feel like in my heart, I have to do this”, Johnson remembers telling him. Wrestling, after all, was a family tradition. His grandfather Peter Maivia (a legendary Samoan wrestler) and his father, Rocky, were professional wrestlers.
Eventually, it was his father who ended up training him for the World Wide Entertainment, Inc., arena, which as per Johnson, “wound up being one of the greatest chapters in my life”. As a wrestler, he used the name Rocky Maivia—combining his father’s first name and grandfather’s last name.
Wrestling made him rich and famous as The Rock. By 2000, the 6’5″ wrestling star transitioned into acting, since he was getting recognized as a top pop-culture celebrity by Entertainment Weekly, People, and Access Hollywood. His grandfather also was an actor, having played a Bond villain in You Only Live Twice.
Dwayne Johnson Opens Up About His Depression
Johnson said, “You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it. And oftentimes — it happens — you just feel like you’re alone. You feel like it’s only you. You’re in your bubble,” he said. “I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s gonna be okay. It’ll be okay.’ So, I wish I knew that.”
Addressing those who might be facing similar difficult circumstances, he gave them hope saying, “Hold onto that fundamental quality of faith. Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good.”
After the Oprah interview, Johnson tweeted this in response to a doctor who praised him for going public about his depression”Grateful for the talk. We all go thru it and you’re never alone. Thx fam. The hardest thing sometimes (especially men) is asking for help. I wish I did. You’re never alone. Speak up.”
Now, Dwayne Johnson has plenty of reasons to be feeling on top of the world. People magazine named him the Sexiest Man of the Year in 2016. That very year Forbes ranked him as the world’s highest-paid actor. Recently, his earnings were $65 million in a year.
All this was not before Johnson suffered another depression as his marriage was on the rocks, although the 2007 split was amicable. He and Garcia continue to raise their daughter, who is now 16, and her media firm manages his career. Johnson lives now in Los Angeles with his new girlfriend Lauren Hashian. They are raising their 2-year-old daughter and another baby girl is on the way.
Speaking in a recent interview about how he deals with days when he does not feel as good and finds it hard to be optimistic, Johnson said, “If I’m having a bad day, I need to go off to a quiet space and shut out the noise. Because in life, what we do, there’s always a lot of noise. In Hollywood and entertainment there’s a lot of chatter and a lot of news that’s cycling and it’s just non-stop. So sometimes I need to get away from that and find a quiet space, whether it’s my bedroom or it’s my truck or my trailer, and I will just reset myself and be calm and I will do a little meditating, or I will try to figure out exactly what the problem is and what is bugging me.”