Dwayne Johnson becomes first Samoan honoured with Hollywood star
Actor Seiuli Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was honoured with the 2,624th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier today.
The Samoan-American actor who was last year named the World’s highest paid actor, celebrated his special moment with his pregnant girlfriend Lauren Hashian, 33 and daughter Jasmine by his side.
The actor has had an incredible run in the last decade, making him one of the most bankable stars ever with movie franchises like Fast and the Furious and San Andreas which have worldwide box-office gross over $5.9 billion.
But it was his first ever Disney animated film Moana in which he played the character Maui, where he says he was proud to showcase his Polynesian heritage – and the only movie that made him very emotional.
“I have never cried consistently through a movie more than I have with this movie,” Johnson said. “Just to be clear, they’re all manly tears though.”
The actual look of Maui’s character was inspired by Johnson’s grandfather.
“He looked like that…he was a Samoan high chief who had high chief tattoos all over his body and he was a wrestler too.”
Johnson adds that a lot of his real-life experiences were reflected in Maui.
“I played football, didn’t make it. And I failed at that. There were a lot of failures that Maui and I went through.”
The superstar was also with his mother Ata today who he is very close to. He credits his mother for doing a great job raising him and for being there for him.