No matter how many projects fill up his days, Dwayne Johnson somehow finds time to make people smile. With some celebrities, fame seems to get to their heads in a way that isolates them from the rest of the world. For The Rock, it’s almost the inverse. He regularly takes full advantage of his success, but in a touching way that brightens the lives of his friends and fans.
In a recent Instagram video, Johnson shared the latest installment in his series, “Being a Genuinely Good Dude.” Ok, it may not be an official series, but it’s the way Johnson lives his life. The Rock knows firsthand how far a little support can go, and he seems to be spending the rest of his life paying it forward. Most recently, he did so by serenading the mother of his long-time friend on her 91st birthday.
“This one is special and man it just made me emo watching Mama Ruthie talk back to the screen,” Johnson captioned his video. “Celebrating Ruthie’s 91st birthday and what a beautiful, inspiring LIFE she’s lived.”
“Ruthie’s son, Andy Fickman is my long time brother of mine (and director of my first Disney movie years ago called, THE GAME PLAN),” Johnson continued. “[I] say this all the time and I mean it from the heart ~ stuff like this is truly the BEST PART OF MY FAME. Happy Birthday Mama Ruthie! Love you, dj aka your favorite son.”
The video opens with a fully-captivated Mama Ruthie, hand over her mouth as she watches Johnson sing ‘Happy Birthday.” When the actor sings her name, Mama Ruthie lets out a heartwarming laugh, clapping softly before touching the screen.
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“Thank you, thank you!” She repeats, moved by Johnson’s thoughtful gesture. The Rock continues, sharing a personal birthday message with the 91-year-old. She nods along, fixated on Johnson with the adoring intensity we’ve all seen in our own grandparents.
Though Mama Ruthie isn’t actually related to the Jumanji actor, they clearly share a special bond. Johnson is known for celebrating those who have made a positive impact on him, and Mama Ruthie is no exception. As Johnson said in his caption, gestures like this mean the world to him. The ability to brighten the lives of strangers and friends alike is something he doesn’t take lightly . As long as he has fame, the wrestler turned actor will undoubtedly continue using it for good.