Dwayne The Rock Johnson has had a long and storied career, starting off in the CFL in Vancouver (he’s part Canadian!), then moving on to his Smackdown career in the WWE, and then action and comedy blockbusters like the Fast and Furious franchise, Red Notice, Jumanji, Jungle Cruise, and The Game Plan. However, according to him, he wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without the love and support of his devoted mother, Ata Johnson.
So the nicest guy in Hollywood who loves to shower important people in his life and interact with fans, bought his mama a lavish house. Now, he admits he’s bought her houses before, but as he puts it in a series of Instagram posts, this is the house she wants to live out the rest of her life in. What’s more, he surprised her by decorating it with ancestral Samoan artifacts and lost family photos. Grab your Kleenexes, because his mother certainly needed some.
“Love you mom and surprise!” he writes in the caption. Saying that it took his design team eight weeks to prepare the home for the big reveal, he follows his mother through the front door to capture all of her shocked and emotional reactions. With “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwoʻole playing in the background, we see Ata wander through the house in three separate videos.
“When I was a little boy, I hated when my mom would cry ~ these days, I’ll happily take her tears of joy,” Dwayne writes. “I surprised my mom and bought her a new home [...] I’ve been lucky enough to have bought her a few homes over the years, but this one is special as she’s told me over and over these past few years, ‘After a lifetime of traveling, I want this home to be my last. Thats my dream.’”
“Mom, there’s no greater feeling than to make you happy ~ welcome home,” he continues. “I always say, if you got a good mom then you got a shot at becoming a good, caring human being.”
As Ata enters the family living room, she clutches her hands to her face in a super emosh moment, when she realizes that lost family photos have been sourced and hung on the wall, as well as ancestral Samoan artifacts like ukuleles hanging on the wall.
“Brought my mom into her new family room where we placed her vintage ukuleles up on the wall and I was able to unearth pictures of our ancestors that she hasn’t seen since she was a child growing up in Samoa,” he wrote. “She misses her mom and dad. I miss them too.”
Like every proud mother, she had collected all of DJ’s career highlights, trophies, wrestling championship belts, and promotional movie posters, but had run out of space. So The Rock built her a delightfully titled “Smackdown Room!”
But as the RBlack Adam star admits in the caption, he’s always been a bit embarrassed by her memorabilia. “This is her favourite room to bring guests to and it’s my least favourite,” he writes, “because the last thing I want to do is stand in a DJ Shrine while people look around as my mom takes them thru at all the stuff I’ve done. No thanks.”
“But,” he continues, “truth is, when I’m BY MYSELF, these Smackdown rooms she creates have such positive energy and beautiful mana.”
Previously, with the launch of his tequila brand Teremana, Dwayne explained that “mana” is a Samoan/Polynesian word that means “spirit.”
“Always a good reminder for me to never forget where I came and always be grateful for grind,” he finished off the caption.
We just love that his mother keeps exclaiming “Oh my God” as she enters each room, because honestly, same.
The comments section of the three posts are filled with fellow celebs and friends, gushing about the sweet gesture. Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, TV host Michael Strahan, rapper Busa Rhymes, Camila McConaughey, athlete/actor Terry Crews, actress Niecy Nash are just some of the celebs profusely using heart emojis in the comments.