Dwayne Johnson talks depression, Vin Diesel on the cover of Rolling Stone

Dwayne Johnson talks depression, Vin Diesel on the cover of Rolling Stone

Action super star, Dwayne Johnson more popularly known as The Rock is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, April edition talking all things ranging

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Action super star, Dwayne Johnson more popularly known as The Rock is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, April edition talking all things ranging from his new movie, ‘Rampage’, to his feud with co-star, Vin Diesel, his battle with depression and sundry other issues.

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On his decades long battle with depression, Dwayne Johnson says
“I’ve had a few bouts of depression, which happens to a lot of us. Around 2008, 2009, I was going through a lot of personal sh*t that was really f*cking me up. I was just struggling, man; struggling to figure out what kind of dad am I gonna be, realizing I’d done a piss-poor job of cultivating relationships, and a lot of my friends had fallen by the wayside. I was just scared. Personally, everything was in a very bad and challenging place, and then professionally, I couldn’t bet on myself; I wasn’t used to that. I’d always felt like I could put in the work and fix the scenario with my own two hands. No one’s going to see me play a borderline psychopath suffering from depression. I have friends I admire, Oscar winners, who approach our craft with the idea of ‘Sometimes it comes out a little darker and nobody will see it, but it’s for me.’ Great, but I have other things I can do for me. I’m gonna take care of you, the audience. You pay your hard-earned money — I don’t need to bring my dark sh*t to you. Maybe a little, but if it’s in there, we’re gonna overcome it.”

On whether he will actually run for president as was once speculated
“Look, people are very excited, and it’s so flattering that they’re excited. I think it’s also a function of being very unsatisfied with our current president, but this is a skill set that requires years and years of experience on a local level, on a state level, and then on a national level. I have the utmost respect for our country and that position, and I’m not delusioned in any way to think, ‘Oh, absolutely, if Donald Trump can do it, I can do it, and I’ll see you in 20-whatever, get ready.’ Not at all. In a lot of people’s minds, what Trump has proved is that anybody can run for president, and in a lot of people’s minds, what he’s also proved is that not everybody should run for president. What I’m sensing now is that we have to pivot back to people who have a deep-rooted knowledge of American history and politics and experience in policy and how laws get made. I think that pivot has to happen.”

On naming his new daughter with girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, Tia
“It was funny. We were having dinner with Emily Blunt, who I’m getting ready to work with on Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ and I said, ‘What do you think of Tia? She went, ‘No one’s gonna f*ck with a Tia Johnson.'”

On his feud with Fast and Furious costar Vin Diesel, Dwayne says
“We were not in any scenes together in The Fate of the Furious. Vin and I had a few discussions including an important face-to-face in my trailer. What I came to realize is that we have a fundamental difference in philosophies on how we approach movie-making and collaborating. It took me some time, but I’m grateful for that clarity. Whether we work together again or not. Right now, I’m concentrating on making the ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ spinoff as good as it can be, but I wish him all the best and I harbor no ill will there just because of the clarity we have. Actually, you can erase that last part about no ill will. We’ll just keep it with the clarity.”