All people is aware of Dwayne Johnson as The Rock from his professional wrestling profession, however he additionally had a much less dynamic nickname in his earlier days: Dewey.
That nickname comes up within the new NBC sitcom “Younger Rock” (Feb. 16, eight EST/PST), which chronicles the youth of Johnson, now a high film star identified for the “Jumanji” and “Quick & Livid” franchises. In the 11-episode first season, three actors play the youthful Johnson at 10 (Adrian Groulx), 15 (Bradley Fixed) and 18 (Uli Latukefu).
Johnson, who will seem in every episode and is an govt producer, defined how he received the much less high-profile nickname throughout a Tv Critics Affiliation Zoom panel for “Younger Rock” on Tuesday.
“After I was just a little child, I used to be with my godparents. I used to be most likely, from what I am advised, 6 months outdated. And my mother had mentioned to my godmother, ‘Is his diaper moist?’ She goes, ‘No. He is just a bit dewy,'” Johnson mentioned, snapping his fingers and laughing. (His mom, Ata Johnson, supplied an identical however considerably completely different derivation throughout a 2018 “Good Morning America” look.)
The nickname could not have been fairly as humorous to him rising up, nonetheless.
“In my existence for years, when my dad and mom would come round in entrance of my girlfriends or pals or anybody, (it was), ‘Hey, Dewey!’ robotically,” he remembered. “As a result of it isn’t like that is a robust identify. Robotically, individuals had been like, ‘Oh, God.'”
Because the present’s stars and producers laughed, one panelist responded sardonically, “OK, Dewey,” and one other replied, “So cute” – seemingly proving his level.