Pro wrestler turned actor-producer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has hit another milestone in his career.
He now has more American followers on Instagram than any other man. He also became the most followed American man across the entire platform, which serves users worldwide.
The 48-year-old father of three is known for posting encouraging messages on his platform with glimpses into his family life, workout routine and projects in the entertainment industry, plus promotional videos featuring his liquor brand, Teremana Tequila. More recently, he’s been outspoken about the importance of voting, and he received criticism for voicing his support of presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“Always speak your truth, and do your best to speak your truth with compassion, with a little bit of poise, with a little bit of dignity, with respect and with empathy, even when speaking your truth means you’re going to dive into some conversations that might make people a little uncomfortable," the self-identified political independent said in an Oct. 8 post.
“I’m confident that on the other side of us having an uncomfortable conversation ... is gonna be clarity. And ... more importantly ... we’re gonna have progress ... Thank you for giving me the space to speak my truth. You have my word that I’ll always do my best to speak my truth with dignity, respect, empathy and gratitude," he said.
“No matter how strongly your opinion may differ from mine, it’s always gonna be OK,” he wrote in an earlier post.
Johnson, who has 200 million followers, is among the top 20 accounts on Instagram with the most followers overall. Other men on the list are soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo (239 million followers), Lionel Messi (167 million followers) and Neymar (142 million followers). Canadian-born Justin Bieber is the remaining man in the list, with 149 million followers.
The Rock first gained popularity in 1996 when he signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation, which was later renamed as World Wrestling Entertainment. Since then, he has appeared in more than a dozen films and TV series, including “Moana” and films in the “Jumanji” and “Fast & Furious” series.
In a 2018 report, Forbes estimated the actor’s net worth at $165 million.
He has nearly 15 million followers on Twitter and more than 58 million followers on Facebook.
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