The Rock has spoken about the importance of being open about his mental health struggles, something that is being explored on his TV series, Young Rock.
From his time in WWE where he became a multi-time World Champion who would take on all opponents to the multiple action movies where he can kick the ass of any villain that gets in his way, The Rock comes across as almost invincible to his millions of fans around the world.
However, on the most recent episode of Young Rock, the show based on his early life, viewers saw another side of Dwayne Johnson as he struggled with depression after an injury stalled his football career.
In an interview with E! News’ Francesca Amiker, The Rock discussed how important it was to be open about his mental health.
“The most touching feedback that I consistently received has been our openness to talk about mental health. It was something that I was unfamiliar with when I had my first bout with depression at the end of 1990. I didn’t know what it was. I just felt like, ‘Man, I feel like sh*t. I don’t want to do anything.’”
“I grew up an only child and a dude. Dudes have a tendency to hold this stuff in. And you know, it’s not in our nature to just talk about it because it makes us feel vulnerable. We don’t want to feel vulnerable. It makes us feel weak, we shouldn’t feel weak. We should have our sh*t together. But that’s not life.”
The Rock went on to note that he learned talking was the key to getting “through the sludge of things.” He said it was when he got past the sludge “that’s where a different life happens for us. That’s where success happens.”
Young Rock season can be seen on Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC, with episodes streaming the next day on Peacock.