Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born in California. Growing up, Johnson moved around the country. He then attendend the University of Miami on a football scholarship. After graduating, he tried to play profesionally, before pursuing a pro wrestling career. During his wrestling career, he rose to fame, becoming one of the WWE’s biggest stars as The Rock. Since then, he has been become a succesful actor, appearing in films such as Fast and Furious, Moana, and Jumanji.
During his early life, during college, Johnson expirienced depression. Johnson described feeling trapped in a macho image, and feeling like he couldn’t really be himself. Growing up, he never even knew what depression was, and so when he had these feelings, he didn’t know what to do. All of these struggles led Johnson to drop out of college after a semester. However, Johnson was able to recover, and end up where he is today.
Johnson has been a great advocate for destigmatizing depression. In interviews with People and The Daily Express, Johnson spoke about the importance of having people speak about depression, and how important it is to see others expiriencing the same thing as you. He continues to be a great example for all those who need someone to look to during their struggles.