Remember that time when Dwayne Johnson was 15 and didn’t have Thanksgiving because his family was struggling with poverty? It was around the same time that the Rock prevented his mom’s suicide.
The actor, now 45-years-old and a father of two – soon three, as his girlfriend is expecting again – has always been open about his family’s struggle during his teenage years. Back in November, he talked about not being able to enjoy Thanksgiving when he was 15, because they were too poor to afford a traditional dinner.
“There was a time back in ‘87 when we couldn’t even afford Thanksgiving dinner and was praying someone would invite us over their house to eat”, he shared. “We were in a tough spot back then, but we got thru it. And here we are today. One big, extended, blended, slightly crazy, loving, grateful ohana.”
The truth is not enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner was probably not their lowest point, as we learn now, from his latest Instagram post. The photo shows Johnson in a graveyard, opening a can of beer in front of a funerary stone.
“Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my character’s brother, William who committed suicide”, Dwayne Johnson began his message.
“We’ve all been there on some level or another. My mom tried to check out when I was 15.”
He went on explaining how she drove her car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and, at one point, stopped, got out and just walked into traffic. As the other cars were trying to avoid hitting her, Johnson, who was with her, also got out from his seat and managed to pull her back.
He ads: “What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. “
Not your typical scene on our comedy #ballers, as I cracked a beer open toasting my character’s brother, William who committed suicide. Got me thinkin’ though bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another. My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road. What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t. Shits of a scene to shoot – didn’t like it – but it did reminder that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help ‘em thru it, get ‘em talkin’ about the struggle and remind ‘em that they’re not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.