Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson accepted the Generation Award at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, telling fans that “the most powerful thing that we can be is ourselves.”
“When I first got to Hollywood, they didn’t know what to do with me,” said the actor in his speech during the Monday night airing of the show, just after thanking the “strong women” he has in his family and his fans for their support.
“I made a choice. I was not going to conform to Hollywood. Hollywood was going to conform to me,” he added.
Johnson went on to say that he’s “proudly half black and half Samoan.”
“It’s important that you are your most authentic self,” he added “I’m a walking example of that.”
The 47-year-old was introduced with dancers performing the haka ― a ceremonial dance or challenge in Māori culture ― to Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”
Johnson ended his speech by saying that a lesson he learned at the age of 15 has stuck with him ever since: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”
The “Ballers” star told MTV in a video posted to the network’s Twitter account, filmed just before he accepted the award, that it was “amazing” to get the award and that he was so “honored.”
“What a privilege it is,” he said before walking on stage.
Well said, and congrats, Dwayne!