The man known as “The Rock” has mastered the role
of action-flick hunk.
But his new movie, The Game Plan, proves he also has a
(which makes him even sexier, in our
What made you get all soft on us with your latest movie?
I have a little 5-year-old girl, and when I first heard the pitch, I was in Prague shooting a movie and I hadn’t seen her in about three months. It was the longest I’d ever gone without seeing her, and I missed her terribly. So the role of a man who has it all and yet is very lonely until he meets a little girl who calls him Daddy—it just really resonated with me.
Does your daughter understand her dad’s a big movie star?
It took Simone a long time to understand why people want Daddy’s autograph. I’d tell her and my wife would tell her, too, “People see Daddy in the movies and they are excited to meet him.” But she couldn’t really grasp it. Finally, with this movie, I think she understands what it means. And there’s the cool factor because it’s a Disney movie. She loves all things Disney. Plus, I just did an episode of Hannah Montana, so any amount of success I might have had in the past pales in comparison. Now Daddy’s cool!
You and your wife separated recently. Do you have any relationship lessons to share?
I can tell you the number one regret I have is not communicating. You never want to get to a place where there’s the metaphorical big, fat elephant and no one’s talking about it. You have to dive in headfirst. Also, if you’re going to love, then love. If I love you, I show you I love you every day. Little things, big things. As we get older, it all comes back to the power of love.
What attracts you to a woman?
Intelligence and a self-deprecating sense of humor are very important. It’s refreshing to meet a woman who isn’t afraid to laugh at herself. And, well, an endlessly gorgeous booty. So humor, intelligence, and backside.
In short: We heart Duane Johnson. He’s a real charmer — smart, funny, and
great to chat with. During our telephone interview, our Duane-obsessed interns
were smiling, giggling, and trying to follow the conversation from the tidbits
they heard on our end. We told Duane about his intern fan base, and he paused to
give them a cheerful hello. The question then became: Which intern gets to
transcribe the tape?
What fascinates you about women?
I grew up in a houseful of women. My mom cleaned toilets for a long time, and she’d seen a lot of terrible things, but she was still the strength of our family. And there are women like that all across the country — all around the world — who show that type of fortitude.
What’s the sexiest thing a woman can wear or do?
We’re going to keep it clean [laughs]. The sexiest thing that a woman can do, wear, and say all fall under one word to me: subtlety. To be subtle in the things that she does, and the things she says, and the things she wears — I appreciate the details.
I appreciate the subtlety of a kiss on the forehead. I appreciate the subtlety of wearing a simple yet gorgeous summer dress. And I appreciate the subtlety of a woman saying “I’m proud of you.” To say and do the obvious is easy. And that’s why I appreciate an out-of-the-blue call to say “I love you.”
The smoothest thing you’ve ever done to get a woman’s attention?
Well, I’m not one to hem and haw around. I’m very direct, and back in the day before I understood what it meant to be a classy gentleman, I would walk up and say, “Hi, I’m the tongue-wrestling champion of the world. Would you like a shot at the title?” After I realized that stupidity is never prosperous in anyone’s life, I decided the smoothest approach was the most direct — I just walk up and say, “I’m Dwayne, what’s your name?”
You always look handsome on the red carpet — what do you do to get ready?
I need the right music. It’s usually Sam Cooke or some blues. Then, it’s a fairly easy process. I have to moisturize, and I’ve got a big head so it requires a lot of product.
Wow. I can’t just agree and say, “Yes, you have a huge head.”
Yeah, you can. I do! I once hosted Saturday Night Live and had to wear a wig. They told me I had the biggest head they’d ever measured in their 25-year history. I can only assume no one has beaten that record.