When you think of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, you may think of how you see him in movies: an action hero, all muscle and grit (and did we mention muscle?). But Dwayne Johnson’s best quotes about raising daughters prove that, while not on set, Johnson is actually a total sweetheart. And obviously, that nothing brings out his soft side more than his three daughters: Simone, 18, Jasmin, 4, and Tiana, 2.
Johnson shares Simone with ex-wife Dany Garcia, and Jasmine and Tiana with new wife Lauren Hashian — both of whom he routinely praises for their co-parenting. While it would be easy to imagine someone like Johnson would spawn sons based solely on the sheer testosterone pumping through this muscly form, the multi-hyphenate dad says having all daughters is “the greatest blessing” he’s ever had. Besides, anyone who follows The Rock knows his heart is even bigger than his biceps. Proof? All the truly moving things he says about his daughters: how much he adores them, how much they’ve taught him, and how he’s trying to build the best future he can for them.
So, if this kind of emotional intelligence and sincerity is up your alley, read on — with his baby girl Tiana (aka “Tia”) having just turned 2 on April 17, you can bet Johnson gushing over the incredible little ladies in his life is just getting started.
On Having The Greatest Job
In November 2015, Johnson had an interview on Oprah’s Master Class in which he discussed his relationship with his oldest daughter Simone. “I always wanted to be a great dad,” Johnson says. “I always wanted to give Simone things that I felt I never got. When I held her when she was born, I held her in these two hands and I said to her, ‘I will always, always take care of you, for the rest of your life. You are safe.’ Literally held her in these two hands. Throughout the years, throughout the ups and downs, I’ve realized that the most important thing that I could do with my daughter is lead our life with love. Not success, not fame, not anything else but, ‘I’m always here for you. I love you.’
“I realized being a father is the greatest job I have ever had and the greatest job I will ever have,” Johnson added.
On The Importance of Trust
In that same Master Class interview, Johnson shares another anecdote about a conversation with Simone (then 13 years old): “There was a time where I said, ‘Do me a favor: I want you to tell me what is the thing that you love most about our relationship.’ And she’s like, ‘Oh, come on.’ And I’m like, ‘No, no. What’s the one thing that you love most about our relationship?’ And she said, ‘Well, that I trust you.’ And for a 13-year-old girl to say that to her dad, considering where I was at 13, the instability I had […] that moved me. And so, you know, at 13, she’s saying that and… you know, I couldn’t ask for anything else.”
On His Daughter’s Future
In April 2017, Johnson took to Instagram to discuss his plans for his daughter Jasmine’s future. “There are mornings in life where there are no words.. this is not one of those mornings,” the Jumanji star wrote. “Jazzy, let daddy tell you his goals. By 5, you’ll be looking people in the eye when you firmly shake their hand. By 8, you’ll know how to fish, drive daddy’s pick up truck and do cardio. And by 10, you’ll be able to directly say to people, “Great job, I like it a lot, but let’s see how we can make it better”. Helluva plan right sweetheart? Buh! *she points to the ground at a bug. It was a good talk.”
On Watching His Daughter Be Born
When Johnson saw his daughter Tiana be born in April 2018, suffice it to say that his life completely changed. This caption is a long one, so we’ll stick to key excerpts — but we definitely recommend reading the full post when you get a chance. “Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world. Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar,” the Hobbs & Shaw star writes. “I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurenhashianofficial and all mamas and women out there.”
Johnson continues: “To my third and youngest daughter, Tiana Gia […] you have my word, I’ll love, protect, guide and make ya laugh for the rest of my life. Your crazy dad has many responsibilities and wears many hats in this big ol’ world, but being your dad will always be the one I’m most proud to wear. Oh and one more thing.. you’re gonna love rollin’ in daddy’s pick up truck.”
On The World He Wants For His Daughters
In August 2018, Johnson shared another pic of him and Jasmine for Women’s Equality Day, reflecting on his daughter’s path through life. “She can be anything she wants. She can sit at any table. She can trailblaze a path, while humbly and gratefully recognizing those before her who paved the way. She and her big sister, Simone and her baby sister, Tiana Gia will always have a strong voice and always make a positive impact,” he writes. “She can also just forcefully shove a buttery, delicious croissant 🥐 in daddy’s mouth when daddy is on a very strict diet.”
On How Time Flies
In October 2018, Johnson shared another sweet anecdote about Jasmine, and the importance of cherishing every moment — even when you’re sleep-deprived, cranky and just want to stay in bed (sound familiar?). “Working late and had only 3hrs sleep when this tornado 🌪 busts in our bedroom, jumps on me and pleads with me to get up and take her to my closet (she keeps toys in my closet) to play. We get there and then – surprise – she refuses to play and just wants me to hold her while she makes fart noises 💨🤦🏾♂️Tired as all hell, but thought ehh there’s gonna come a time, years from now when jumping in my arms is the last thing she wants to do and ain’t gonna be cool anymore — so I’ll always take these moments while I can.”
On Holding His Daughters
In December 2018, Johnson reflected once again on how quickly his girls grow up, and vowed to hold them every chance he could get. “Daddy’s arms,” Johnson writes. “I ain’t gonna be able to hold ‘em like this forever, so you better believe I snatch these cookies and love ‘em up every moment I can. Plus, I know there’s gonna come a day where in daddy’s arms is the last place they want to be. Baby Tiana Gia is already there with the “help me” look on her face 😂🤦🏽♂️ Can’t guarantee I’ll love and protect all my daughters for the rest of their lives, but I can guarantee I will for the rest of mine.”
On How His Daughters Lift Him Up
Johnson’s been blowing up in recent years, but he needs his daughters to keep him humble — and hype him up before a big day. In February 2019, he wrote this: “When this lil’ estrogenic mini-me waits for me at the door and says “Daddy, have a great work today”.. I scoop her up and start to 🎣 for 🖤😂 Truth is, she’s exactly what I needed to see before hoppin’ in my pick up to go and shoot the biggest and most meaningful magazine cover of my career. Gotta keep it under wraps for now, but I’m so grateful and humbled by this career milestone – and look forward to sharing it with you when it comes out. I’m 97% sure I bribed Jazzy with broccoli to say nice things about me when the camera is rolling. Don’t judge. It’s how I roll.”
On Knowing What’s Important
In May 2019, Johnson shared how he celebrated his birthday with his girls: “My lil’ queens, Tia & Jazzy made my birthday.
Good reminder for me of what’s really important in life and why I work the way I do. Only thing missing was my other daughter Simone, but two outta three of a good thing ain’t ever bad so I’ll take it. These two baked me an apple cake with sprinkles and three candles for the amount of hours I’m going to sleep in 2019.”
On Growing Up In a House Full of Women
On ExtraTV in July 2019, Johnson talked again on ExtraTV about how humbled he is to grow up around these strong women. “[Jasmine’s] so beautiful, and her and Tia — and of course my oldest Simone — it’s just the best thing… I have a house full of just strong, bad-ass women… It’s terrifying, but it’s awesome,” the star expresses. “I grew up an only child […] My dad was tough. He kicked my ass, so there was a lot of testosterone growing up, so there is this balance, having all this estrogenic energy, then also me having the opportunity to infuse ‘father’ and hopefully setting a standard of what a man should be in their lives.”
On His Daughter’s Favorite Games
It totally seems like Jasmine is the light of Johnson’s life — but after July 4, 2019, Johnson shared how she can be a bit of a troublemaker too. “Lil’ Jazzy’s favorite pool game is me being a great white shark hunting her down while I say the JAWS theme song.. dun dun…dun dun…dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun… and it all ends in kisses,” Johnson writes on Instagram. “She also plays the game where she takes whatever I’m drinking and slowly dumps it in the pool while looking at me and laughing. She a disrupter 🤣😈 ~ I love it. Hope you all had a great and grateful 4th with your families✌🏾🥃.”
Johnson shared a similar post in June as well, sharing another one of Jasmine’s favorite games: “I know how this dance goes with my lil’ Jazzy who clings to me like a spider monkey 24/7 🐒 Daddy, I’m thirsty, can I have some of your water? Of course you can baby. I pour it, she takes the water, looks at me and slowly dumps it on the towel. I look angry. She smiles. I smile. She laughs hard. I laugh harder. She laughs even harder. Repeat until there’s no more water. Then she runs off and I’m left with an empty water bottle. One of the many reasons I cherish 😂🙏🏾🖤 my off days.”
On Learning As He Goes
In an August 2019 interview with Fatherly, Johnson reflects on how he’s changed as a father, and what that means for his relationship with each of his girls. “After my divorce, I’ve learned so much,” the Rampage star admits. “It’s allowed me to take those experiences with Simone and apply them to her little sisters. Now, years later, I get to have this wonderful relationship with Simone, who is 17, and this beautiful, powerful relationship with my younger daughters, who are 3 years old and 15 months. Through life and experience, I’m a different kind of dad.”
And it’s not just life and experience that teach him: “[My daughters] teach me so much, and continue to check me,” he says. “They’re the equalizer.”
On Making His Daughters Laugh
In that same Fatherly interview, Johnson talked about how much he loves to make his girls laugh. “I will do honestly anything to bring a smile to my babies’ faces,” he says. “That unique age of, 12 to 15 months, 2 years, everything is a wonderment, and you can make Pikachu come to life. It’s wonderful magic that I really, really love. I’m like a big kid. I joke with Lauren all the time and I drive her crazy. I’m going to take this whole room and change it up. It’s the fun part, to be Pikachu. Those memories will last forever.”
On Being Blessed
On an August 2019 appearance on Good Morning America, Johnson kept the message simple: “As men, you know, you’re like, ‘Oh yeah I’m going to raise my son’,” he says. “But having all daughters, it’s the greatest blessing I’ve ever had.”
On What He Wants His Daughters to Know
This year on International Women’s Day, Johnson stole a moment with Tiana to reinforce the things in life he wants her to embrace. “Can you say, ‘I’m a pretty girl’?'” He says to his youngest daughter as he holds her in his arms. “That’s right, but now more importantly, can you say, ‘I’m an awesome girl!'” When she responds, he continues, “‘I’m a smart girl’ … ‘I’m a very smart girl.'” Tia repeats each phrase back to her dad, finishing up the inspirational pep talk with, “I can do anything.”
Of course, he wouldn’t be the Rock if he didn’t slip in a little humor! At the end of the sweet video, he says to his little girl, “And now really, most importantly, ‘Daddy’s the best.'” After agreeing, Tia hilariously, interjects, “Mother!” Rock feigns protest, but something tells us he doesn’t mind sharing the spotlight with Hashian.
Johnson also shared a snapshot with daughter Jasmine on International Women’s Day.
Both posts reinforce how Johnson is raising his girls: to have and use their voices. “Blessed, strong, and the world will hear from you one day,” he captioned his photo with Jazzy.
On Parenting Through a Pandemic
Is quarantine probably a little easier when you’re a celebrity? Sure. But for hands-on parents like Johnson (and many of the rest of us), your level of luxury doesn’t change the fact that parenting during a pandemic is intense. Which is why Johnson sent a special message to moms and dads during this strange time.
“And for the 937th time today she wants daddy to sing along with Maui,” Johnson captured a hilarious video with Tiana. “She has no idea, we’re the same person. And I have no idea what day it is anymore, but I am sure it’s one that ends with Y. To all the mama and papa bears out there going thru it – we understand. 24hr parenting. Get your sleep and cocktails when you can.”
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