Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is opening up about his past battles with depression and the loss of his Fast & Furious co-star and friend, Paul Walker.
Speaking of the 40-year-old actor's death, Dwayne says: "I was driving with [my girlfriend] when she immediately turned very quiet and was looking at me, studying, wondering if I knew. I pulled over and looked at my messages and had a moment where I just caught my breath.
"We said a prayer right then to give his daughter strength — because we had talked about our daughters. That's what we would talk about. Both of us were divorced, and we talked about the power of being a dad and the strong connection of a dad and his girl. Then once we got home, we started bawling."
Paul and his friend Roger Rodas lost their lives in a car accident following a charity event in Santa Clarita, Calif., last November.
Dwayne, a former wrestler who shot to fame in the film industry after starring in The Mummy Returns back in 2001, also talked about his past struggles with depression after being cut from the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders, dashing his dreams of playing in the NFL.
"You hear the words you never want to hear as a player: 'Coach wants to see you. Bring your playbook,' There was no injury. It's just, 'That's it. You're not good enough.' That was very sobering."
Lucky for us, football's loss was Hollywood's gain, with Dwayne now one of the biggest stars in the business, soon to be seen in films including Hercules and Fast & Furious 7.
Sometimes everything works out in the end.
He spoke exclusively with The Hollywood Reporter.