Dwayne Johnson Reveals He Used To Get Mistaken For A 'Little Girl' As A Kid
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has revealed people often thought he was a 'little girl' when he was younger, sharing an anecdote from his youth about the time a classmate asked which sex he was.
Johnson, who has just turned 49, appeared on NBC's Sunday Today with Willie Geist, where he spoke about his childhood.
He said: "I would say between the ages of seven and 11, people thought that I was a little girl because I had really soft features and I had really soft Afro hair."
Going on to recall a particularly awkward encounter on the school bus on his first day of fifth grade, Johnson continued: "I sit down next to a kid, and within 60 seconds, he goes, 'Can I ask you something?' I said, 'Yeah.' He goes, 'Are you a boy or a girl?'"
Johnson also talked about what it was like moving a lot during his younger years, thanks to his father Rocky Johnson's wrestling career, having attended 13 different schools by the time he went to high school.
He said: "I have had a Forrest Gump-ian childhood growing up. Wrestling in the '80s and in the '70s was way different than it is today. A lot of the times, including my father, the wrestlers would live paycheck to paycheck."
Johnson went on to play college football back in the 90s and had dreams of signing with the National Football League (NFL), but went undrafted, eventually joining the Calgary Stampeders from the CFL.
He was sadly cut from the team in the first season - a moment that, while hard, led him to pursue a career as a professional wrestler.
The actor opened up about being cut from the CFL in an Instagram post back in 2018, describing it as 'the best thing that never happened' to him.
He wrote: "Cheers to dreams not coming true.
"Not an easy concept to process, but the idea that sometimes our biggest and most important dreams that DON'T COME TRUE are often times the BEST THING that never happened."
He went on: "Playing ball, I was always the 'hardest worker in the room' and did everything I could to make the CFL and then hopefully, make it to the NFL where I dreamed of having an All Pro/Super Bowl Champion football career.
"Instead, I was cut from the team, told I wasn't good enough - and sent home with $7 to my name.
"After years of blood, sweat, guts and tears, my dream was over.
"Fell into depression, didn't know what to do or where to turn.
"Eventually, I picked myself back up again, said, 'f*** this' and refocused and committed myself to a different path.
"The rest is history."
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