Dwayne Johnson of 'Jumanji' Fame Thanks Oprah Winfrey for Being a Friend and Mentor after Dad Rocky's Death

Dwayne Johnson sat down for an interview with Oprah during her 2020 Vision Tour. It had such an impact on the actor, that he reached out afterward to thank Oprah for her show of friendship when he needed it most. 

On the fourth stop of Oprah's tour held at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA, she and Dwayne spoke about the unexpected gifts of life, gratitude, and the death of his wrestling father, Rocky Johnson on January 15.

Dwayne Johnson speaks onstage at CinemaCon 2019 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, on April 3, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images.

Dwayne Johnson speaks onstage at CinemaCon 2019 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, on April 3, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images.

From the get-go, Dwayne approached the life-changing conversation with unencumbered vulnerability and openness.

The positive response to Dwayne sharing parts of himself led to a realization, especially after Oprah asked what he felt grateful for the most. In afterthought, Dwayne wrote:

"I figured the best way to answer this would be to take a deep breath and speak directly from my gut. Gratitude is my anchor. Strength is my core."

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I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐

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The pain Dwayne felt when he buried his father, tested both his strength and gratitude.

The moment Oprah asked him the question, he realized how much he needed the light, love, empathy, laughs, and care from Oprah and 12,000+ people that filled up the arena.

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I figured the best way to answer this would be to take a deep breath and speak directly from my gut. Gratitude is anchor. Strength is my core. But the pain of having to bury my dad this past week really tested my strength and complicated my gratitude. I had no preconceived ideas of how this chat with Oprah would go, other than I was just going to be as present and as authentic as I could for whatever the audience and Oprah needs. Just be me. But the widest thing hit me when she asked me this question... and that’s how much I NEEDED THIS. The love, care, empathy, laughs, light and strength from her and the 12,000+ people in the arena. I came to give. But had no idea how much I would actually receive. @oprah, a huge mahalo being such a friend and mentor. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! 🎉🎂🙌🏾 🥃🕺🏽 #TodayIsSuchADay #Oprahs2020VisionTour Enjoy my FULL CHAT with Oprah in my link up top ☝🏾☝🏾

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The post of appreciation Dwayne penned after the interview also included a short clip of their conversation and the actor ended the caption with a few sweet words for Oprah, as he added:

"I came to give. But had no idea how much I would actually receive.@oprah, a huge mahalo being such a friend and mentor.And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!"

Oprah Winfrey attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 on March 04, 2019, in Paris, France. | Source: Getty Images.

Oprah Winfrey attends the Stella McCartney show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 on March 04, 2019, in Paris, France. | Source: Getty Images.

Oprah's 60th birthday is on Wednesday, January 29, and according to reports from E! News, the media mogul canceled her blowout bash. 

According to a source that spoke with the outlet, the guest list got "out of control so she decided to cancel." Oprah didn't have a plan B in tow, as Gayle King reportedly said that she hasn't figured out the "best way" to ring in her 60s just yet. 

While Oprah doesn't need for anything, she will definitely get a gift from her best friend Gayle, because everybody loves presents and it's her birthday. 

However, when it comes to presents, especially at Christmas time, it reminds Oprah of the best Christmas she ever had.

She was 12 years old, long before her "big life," and her mom didn't have money at the time. But despite not being able to afford Christmas, it turned into sweet memories she will cherish forever.

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