Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Battled Depression As a Child

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Most who see Dwayne The Rock Johnson recognizes him from his strong and masculine roles in action movies. Some remember his roles in children’s Disney films as well. Despite how tough The Rock may physically appear to be, he has proven to be just any ordinary human being. Dwayne The Rock Johnson battled depression as a child.

The 6-foot-5, 252 pound may look to be gargantuan but has struggled with soul-searching prior to his muscular rebirth. As a child, he lived with his single mother until he attended college. The two were facing financial issues and were eventually evicted from their $120 a week efficiency home when Johnson was only 14 years old. He also faced troubles with the law during his teenage years.

From there, Johnson knew he had to provide for his mom and make significant life changes. He began to work out in the gym to build his strength. He was inspired and convinced by other men around him that strong muscular men are overall strong individuals physically and mentally.

Within time, Johnson was offered a full scholarship to the University of Miami to play college football. He was determined to eventually be drafted by the NFL to finally provide a better life for his mother and himself. This dream slowly crumbled as he suffered from numerous ongoing injuries during his first year as a college football player, which also affected his play time minutes.

Dwayne Johnson was not drafted to be in the NFL following his college football career. Instead, he was drafted to play for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. Feeling reassured, Johnson knew it was not the NFL, but it was better than nothing. He moved to Canada and stayed with three teammates in a run-down two-bedroom apartment. Soon after the start of the season, Johnson was released from the team.

When Johnson was released from the Stampeders, it led to his girlfriend Dany Garcia to leave him. Garcia and Johnson eventually were married. He was girlfriend-less, was out of a career and seemed to have run out of options. Still determined, Johnson reached out to wrestling. His stardom was finally on a rise, and this brought his most known nickname, The Rock.

The Rock’s wrestling career led him to become bigger, physically. As he trained ferociously, his overall massive body made his name prominent and increased his popularity in the entertainment business.

Since 2000, The Rock has had roles in numerous movies and shows that started off with hosting Saturday Night Live. A year later, he had a leading role as the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns. Since then, The Rock has played roles in the recent Fast & Furious franchise, Disney movies, G.I. Joe, and other explosive action and comedy films. He will also star in a most recent film, Hercules.

Dwayne The Rock Johnson has battled depression as a child and has had rough experiences over the past few decades. Like anyone else, he suffered from family problems and unreached goals. He openly admitted to having a rough childhood. He overcame those problems and is an example on another celebrity going from rags to riches.

Opinion By Tricia Manalansan

Sources:

ABC News
US Weekly
E! Online

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