Congratulations to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who has been named "People" magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2016.
Not only is it great to see someone with a generous heart and a positive attitude earn the famous cover, but it also marks a pretty big milestone. According to E! News, The Rock, who is half Black and half Samoan, is the first non-White man to receive the title in 20 years, since Denzel Washington in 1996.
In his new interview with People, The Rock reveals what he thought when he heard he was this year's choice: "I said, 'That's awesome.' And then what went through my mind was just how cool and exciting it is. And then I thought, 'Wow, we've pretty much reached the pinnacle.' I'm not quite too sure where we go from here. I've done it all, this is it."
We beg to differ. He's got plenty more to do, and we're sure he'll continue to be the same down-to-earth role model for his fans while he does it. In fact, it's that realness that may have earned him the title in the first place.
"Ah, a sense of humor," he suggests when asked why he thinks fans find him sexy. "And I think probably just not trying to be sexy and just being cool and confident in your movies. I think with a lot of my fans, I've gotten to a very, very cool place where there's a direct line between the man they know off-screen and the man they see on-screen."
As The Rock reveals in his new interview, that spot on-screen was hard-won. Growing up, he hoped to make it into the NFL to improve his family's way of life, but that didn't end up happening for him. Things were tough for awhile.
"I literally looked in my wallet and I had a five, a one and change," he recalls. "So I rounded it up to seven. It was a real rock bottom for me and I didn't know how defining or how meaningful seven bucks would be only until years later in my life."
After his wrestling career took off, he founded a production company with his ex-wife Dany Garcia and called it Seven Bucks Productions in memory of that time in his life. "I'm always operating like I could go back to that. It sounds cliché but I always say 'Use me an example.' If I can do it and I did, because we all have those low points in our lives, hopefully I can motivate and inspire some people out there."
And if that's not sexy, we don't know what is.