Dwayne Johnson Speaks on Finding Out About Paul Walker’s Death

The ‘Fast & Furious’ actor says he was out for a drive when he found out the news and he was in shock that he just had to take a moment to process it. Dwayne says he instantly thought of Paul’s daughter Meadow and said a prayer for her:

“I was driving with Lauren when she immediately turned very quiet and was looking at me, studying, wondering if I knew. I pulled over and looked at my messages and had a moment where I just caught my breath. We said a prayer right then to give his daughter strength — because we had talked about our daughters. That’s what we would talk about. Both of us were divorced, and we talked about the power of being a dad and the strong connection of a dad and his girl. Then once we got home, we started bawling.”

On his tough poor upbringing, Dwayne says the only way he could think of to get out of the poverty cycle was to train and bulk up his body:

“I remember it as if it were yesterday. We were living in an efficiency that cost $120 a week. We come home, and there’s a padlock on the door and an eviction notice. My mom starts bawling. She just started crying and breaking down. ‘Where are we going to live? What are we going to do?’ That was the tipping point. It was about, ‘What can I control with these two hands?’ The only thing I could do was train and build my body. The successful men I knew were men who built their bodies.”

His most important tattoo:

“The warrior is over my heart, which is the overall sentiment.”