If a reality TV personality can be president, why not a WWE champion, action star and recently-crowned “Sexiest Man Alive?”
That’s the logic fueling Dwayne Johnson’s latest political aspirations, which he shared with People this week after receiving the magazine’s highest honor.
Having talked about running for president in the past, The Rock is now taking the idea far more seriously after Donald Trump won the election last week.
“I used to say it jokingly but every time I was asked, it was with a real genuine interest. And it was very earnest,” he told People.
“And so I started to really think. Could I make a difference? Could I surround myself with really brilliant people to help me make decisions? Do I care about this country? And when the answers continued to come up yes, then I thought, there’s a good chance,” the “Baywatch” star continued. “Yeah, one day. Then we’ll do another interview like this.”
In a sharp contrast to some of the negative statements made by Trump, Johnson said the simplest secret to his life success is to be kind to people.
“I heard a quote when I was 15 years old, and I’ll never forget it: ‘It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice,'” he told People. “And when I heard that, I thought, ‘Well, maybe one day if I’m important, I want to remember that.’ Being kind and nice to people is the easiest thing that we can do.”
According to the Washington Post, Johnson is a registered Republican but has attended conventions for both parties. He also spoke at the 2000 Republican National Convention.
In June, he wrote on Instagram, “The idea of one day becoming President to create real positive impact and global change is very alluring.”
Currently the world’s highest paid actor with a haul the last year $64.5 million, according to Forbes, Johnson would also have a head start when it comes to campaign funding if he ever runs for office.
He is soon set to hit theaters with Disney’s “Moana” and “Jumanji,” a remake of the 1995 Robin Williams adventure.