Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Goal Was To Not "Be F***ing Broke"

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12: Dwayne Johnson attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images )
The former professional wrestler reveals that he never planned on becoming a professional actor.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson revealed on a podcast that becoming a professional actor was never his goal. He went on to explain that his goal instead was "just to never be broke." In a clip from The Pivot podcast posted on Instagram, the Black Adam actor discusses his career. He additionally shares that finding success in acting wasn't his goal in life. He describes how he never wanted to "make millions," but just decided early on that he would "Scratch, claw, kick, bite and fight [his] way to have more than seven bucks."

On the podcast hosted by Channing Crowder, Fred Taylor and Ryan Clark, the former professional athlete describes his childhood. Johnson shares that growing up, his parents worked incredibly hard. He further describes how after his father opened his own cleaning business, financial problems ultimately led to their family's eviction. The stress also led to friction in the couple's marriage. He went on to say that he "[didn't] want that for them and [he] didn't want that for [his] family."

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Struggled Growing Up

The former WWE superstar explained "in the spirit of just being completely open" how after watching his parents struggle to make ends meet, he "used to tell [himself] specifically, 'I cannot be f***ing broke.'" Johnson went on to describe his father as a hero in his life growing up, explaining his father's own struggles of being kicked out at the age of 13 and dealing with other tension within their family. He outlines his father receiving death threats from his father, leading to his mother kicking him out of the house.

In April, a WWE trading card featuring Johnson's iconic character "The Rock" was purchased for $126,000 by a passionate collector. The purchase broke the record for the highest selling WWE trading card of all time. In March, Johnson spoke to Variety on the Oscars red carpet about his costar Henry Cavill being replaced as Superman in an upcoming film. Earlier this week, the actor was named in a $3 Billion alleged kidnapping lawsuit. His team has released a statement denying Johnson's involvement.

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Caroline Fisher is a News Writer at HotNewHipHop from Chicago, Illinois. She started at HNHH this year, and has since spent her time writing about all that is newsworthy in the world of hip-hop. With a drive for hunting down the hottest stories, she enjoys documenting new developments in culture and entertainment. She also has an appreciation for hip-hop and seeks to cover the most important trends and shifts. She has a Bachelor of Arts which she received at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having graduated in 2022, she majored in English with a concentration in Media, Rhetoric and Cultural Studies. Specializing all things music, pop culture and entertainment, some of her favorite musical artists include Snoop Dogg, OutKast, and Nicki Minaj. When she’s not writing about music she’s also a fan of attending shows, watching the latest movies, staying up-to-date with current events, photography, and poetry.