Did you know, The Rock is father to a few smaller Stones? The oldest is a girl called Simone Garcia Johnson. She was born in 2001, while her father was king of the wrestling ring, and now she’s 16 years old. With Dwayne Johnson as her dad, there’s no way she’s not going to end up making waves in the entertainment industry.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the most influential people in the world – in 2016, he was in fact officially named so by Time magazine! And that’s far from the only accolade he’s received. That same year, he became the world’s highest-paid actor. And in 2015, Muscle and Fitness magazine dubbed him “Man of the Century”.
But of course, Dwayne came to fame as a wrestler, an occupation that’s something of a family tradition. His father was Rocky Johnson, half of the first black wrestling duo to win the WWF World Tag Team championship. And his grandfather was Peter Maivia, of Samoan Anoa’i wrestling stock.
It was in the ’90s that Dwayne started to build his own family. While studying criminology and physiology at the University of Miami, Dwayne met Dany Garcia. She became not only his manager, but also his wife. After seven years of dating the couple married in 1997, and a few years later they had their daughter, Simone.
Unfortunately the marriage didn’t last, and Dwayne and Dany split in 2007. But they were determined to remain friends. “While certain aspects of our relationship have changed, we are both vitally important to each other’s lives,” they told People magazine at the time. “We will continue to advance and manage our business interests, our philanthropic efforts and most importantly the raising of our child together.”
And it worked – Simone was raised in a loving, and large, family. Dany continued to be the manager of Dwayne, and in 2014 she married another muscleman, Dave Rienzi. Rienzi was Dwayne’s friend and personal trainer, but there was no animosity surrounding the marriage. Meanwhile Dwayne became romantically linked with Lauren Hashian, daughter of the late Sib Hashian, best known as drummer with acclaimed rock band Boston.
Lauren and Dwayne announced in 2015 that they were expecting a child together. The baby was born on December 16, and named Jasmine. Like her half-sister Simone, she too grew up in a blended family where everybody was still on good terms.
Dwayne delights in sharing his daughters’ milestones with the world. On Instagram, he frequently shares pictures of them with sweet, encouraging messages attached. For Simone’s 15th birthday in 2016, he posted a picture of the extended family gathered for the celebration and wrote, “We gather to celebrate and honor your 15yrs of sheer awesomeness.”
But plenty more awesomeness was to come. In 2017 Simone, who had already gone on the books of IMG Models that year, picked up a big and exciting new job. She was named Golden Globes Ambassador for 2018, the role once known as “Mr/Miss Golden Globes.”
However, Simone had already garnered some attention from the fact that, now she was approaching adulthood, she resembled her father a lot. She had the same round face, brown eyes, and winning smile. And considering that in 2016 Dwayne was named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, she’s certainly a lucky girl when it comes to genes!
Dwayne himself has commented on his daughter’s chip-off-the-old-block appearance. Naturally, the showman did it in front of a large audience. He took Simone with him to the 2017 People’s Choice Awards and name-checked her as he collected his award for Favorite Premium Series Actor, adding, “Yeah, she looks like daddy. Woo!”
But it’s not just physically that Simone takes after her dad. She, too, is a big fan of wrestling. She’s posted often on social media about famous wrestlers, especially female ones. “It’s beyond inspiring to watch all of these incredible women leave everything they have out in the ring,” she wrote on her Instagram in July 2017.
In fact, she’s even considered going into wrestling herself – just like her father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. In January 2018, she did an interview with digital media brand Refinery29 and was asked, “Do you think you’ll ever want to be in the spotlight more, like acting?” “I’m not sure,” she answered, “but something that comes to mind is wrestling.”
Simone also takes after her dad when it comes to politics. Dwayne has been quietly becoming politically involved for years now, befriending fellow stars-turned-politicians like Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Rock has said more than once that he wouldn’t say no to a political career, and in 2017 he announced on Ellen that he might even run for President if the opportunity presented itself.
If he ever did, perhaps Simone would make a good running mate. She’s very politically outspoken on her Instagram account. For a start, she’s posted cartoons critical of the current President, Donald Trump. She’s also reblogged content from Black Lives Matter, the anti-gun Never Again movement, and the anti-sexual misconduct campaign Time’s Up.
Her father has also spoken out with regards to that last campaign. In 2017 a female writer suggested that men in the workplace should treat female co-workers like they’d treat The Rock, and the man himself endorsed it. And for the 2018 Golden Globes Dwayne joined many of his fellow A-listers in wearing all black to the ceremony as a form of protest. Simone also attended, also clad in black.
All of the clearly shifting attitudes regarding sexism may well have been why the Golden Globes ended up dropping the “Mr/Miss” title for their ambassadors and going with “Golden Globes Ambassador” instead. And Simone has spoken about how excited she is to be the first ever person given the moniker.
“The platform allows me to be more than my parents’ daughter and be my own person,” she told the Hollywood Reporter magazine in November 2017. “I feel especially blessed and honored that I get to be the first Golden Globes Ambassador and represent this brand-new progressive and special title.”
Asked if she planned follow her father into acting, Simone answered, “As much as I love and admire the film industry, I don’t see myself pursuing a career in it at the moment. I plan to study business in college — NYU, hopefully — and after graduating, I want to pursue wrestling and eventually transition into talent management.”
Perhaps we will see Simone as a wrestler, or a talent manager, or even a politician. She’s also about to become a sister for the second time, as Dwayne and Lauren are expecting another child, a girl. It seems the sky is the limit for the daughter of The Rock!