Dwayne Johnson, aka “The Rock,” has been busy filming for his new movie, Baywatch, but he never fails to make time for the things that are really important in life. He appreciates that his fame allows him to do some amazing things and make people happy.
Johnson seems to especially have a fondness for children and that includes sick kids at the Savannah, Georgia, Memorial Health hospital, where a few of the scenes for Baywatch were being filmed. He’s starring in the Baywatch remake with Zac Efron, and Johnson is cast in the role of Mitch Buchannon. After a long day of filming, many celebrities would be eager to get off the set as quickly as possible so that they could relax. But not Dwayne Johnson.
Instead, he decided to head upstairs to the pediatric specialty ward to put some smiles on the faces of the children and the staff.
I surprised the children at Savannah's Pediatric Specialty Ward aaaaand look at the concentration on lil' Aiden's face!????????. We shot #BAYWATCH scenes at Memorial Health Hospital and thought I'd pop up to the ward. Awesome experience and THANK YOU to all the hard working and caring staff who helped make this visit possible. To all the kids I met - you guys keep smiling and staying strong. All the mamas and daddy's I met, y'all stay strong too. Gotta tell ya little stuff like this will always be the best part of fame. And good Lord I wish I had Aiden's concentration when I was in my high school math classes. I wouldn't have failed Algebra twice. ????????????????????????
Among the children that met him was a little guy named Aiden. Dwayne Johnson took the time to give the little man a fist bump and you can just see the concentration in Aiden’s face as he connects with his big fist. Johnson posted the above picture on his Instagram account today and took a moment to thank the staff for all their hard work.
Johnson also reminded the mothers and fathers of the children to stay strong and admitted that stuff like visiting these children were one of the best parts of being famous.
This is just a little taste of the kind of things that Dwayne Johnson likes to do, whether he is filming or not. Just yesterday he posted a photo of Pedro on his Instagram account.
Pedro Perez Sulbaran is fighting bravely for his life and wished to meet me. Without getting into too much detail, he was only allowed to bring one parent to the US to receive his extensive bone marrow treatment. When I met Pedro and his father - they spoke no english, but his dad had joyful tears welling up and this kid's smile lit up our entire room. Sometimes there are moments in life where no words are needed. This was one of those moments. Stay strong Pedro, much love to you and your family and thank you for visiting me on set. Oh and btw, the pretty actresses I introduced you to said you're very handsome!???????????? Your bud ~ DJ #OnSet #BAYWATCH #PedroTheRealChampion
Pedro is another youth that is sick. He had come to the United States with his father for a bone marrow treatment. One of Pedro’s wishes was to meet Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and when Johnson found out about it, he had to meet him. Despite the fact that Pedro didn’t speak English, Dwayne seems to make quite a connection with him when Pedro and his father visited Johnson on set while filming Baywatch.
Just a few days earlier, Dwayne Johnson stepped out of his trailer to find a group of young girls ready to meet him.
This just goes to show that Dwayne Johnson is loved by girls and women of all ages. How could he not be? Johnson loves his fans and he’s not afraid to show it, whether with a smile or by attending an event.
In July 2014, when his film Hercules was released, several hundred kids in the Southland area in Los Angeles were invited to a special screening. The kids expected lots of fun, but what they didn’t expect was to have Dwayne Johnson appear and come and hang out with them.
Why does Dwayne Johnson have such a soft spot for kids?
In an ABC7 interview, Johnson spoke about why he likes spending time with kids, saying, “It’s very special to my heart.” He said that when he was between the ages of 13 to 15, “those were tough times, not only did we have tough times in the family, but also I was getting in trouble, I was getting arrested, I was doing a lot of things that I shouldn’t have been doing.”
The Boys Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, helped him out by encouraging him with activities to keep him off the streets like playing basketball and working out. Again, he said that being with the kids was one of the coolest parts of fame.
As Refinery29 mentions, Johnson has his own family now. Perhaps that comes into play with why kids are so important to him.
“Johnson’s been making kids smile for quite a while now, but perhaps the arrival of his own bundle of joy has renewed his enthusiasm for surprising his pint-sized fans. He became a proud papa for the second time this past December when his wife, Lauren Hashian, gave birth to adorable baby Jasmine.”
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