Another celebrity President? In Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson’s new sitcom Young Rock, which premieres Tuesday, February 16, the actor looks back on his life during a fictional presidential campaign interview in 2032 — but life could imitate art as Johnson has previously considered running for office in real life.
Young Rock takes viewers through Johnson’s youth at four different ages, from when he was ten and being raised among wrestlers to moving high schools on a regular basis as a 15-year-old, to being 18-years-old and playing football at the University of Miami. Present-day Johnson steps in to narrate and reflect on his past from the year 2032.
So could we ever see Johnson rock the White House? "I would consider a presidential run in the future if that's what the people wanted," Johnson said in 2017. "Truly I mean that, and I'm not flippant in any way with my answer. That would be up to the people... So I would wait, and I would listen. I would have my finger on the pulse, my ear to the ground."
Later, that same year, after national polls reportedly suggested that he would beat former President Donald Trump, The Rock told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, "I'm so incredibly flattered." However, he added, "three and a half years is a long way away so we'll see."
Johnson was largely involved in casting for Young Rock and told The New York Times he was "able to spend some time with [the men playing him], prior to shooting, and let them know what I was like during that time. What I thought my priorities were. The times, more important, that I fell on my ass and I had to get back up. That was surreal, in and of itself."
He added, "The thing that really pulled at my cold, black heartstrings was finding the actors to play my mom, my dad and my grandmother, and spend time with them. As we're having these conversations and they would start talking about what they knew of my mom and my grandmother and my dad, within seconds I would well up."
Johnson rarely speaks about politics, but publicly got behind a presidential candidate for the first time during the 2020 Election.
"As a registered Independent for years now with centrist ideologies, I do feel that Vice President Biden and Sen. Harris are the best choice to lead our country, and I am endorsing them to become president and vice president," Johnson explained on Instagram.
"My vote represented my little daughters, my vote represented humanity, my vote represented decency, it represented the values and principles we teach our little girls and my vote also, for me, represented the importance of just being a good, decent human being and how important that is,” the wrestler said when Biden won the election.