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Dwayne Johnson gets 'greatest reaction' from girl in hospital pediatric ward

/ Source: TODAY

Reflecting on a recent visit to a hospital pediatric ward, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was compelled to spotlight a little girl named Lauren, who the movie star said delivered the "greatest reaction."

In this Dec. 8, 2014 photo, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson poses in New York to promote his TNT reality series "Wake Up Call," premiering Friday at 9 p.m. ET. Johnson, 42, will help people who are down on their luck to get their lives on track. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP

It's unclear if his mission to surprise Lauren happened during an early-March visit to Memorial University Medical Center in Georgia, where he's filming a movie based on the ubiquitous '90s TV series "Baywatch." Regardless, something about their time together inspired a new Instagram post Monday.

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Upon Johnson's arrival, Lauren "smiled big," according to the caption of the star beside the child in a hospital bed, but the girl, photographed with her head on a pillowcase featuring "Frozen" princesses Elsa and Anna, reportedly lit up when Johnson revealed there's a new Disney princess on the way.

"I told her that I have a new Disney animated musical coming out that introduces a new princess named Moana, she smiled huge," reads Johnson's caption to the photo, which collected more than half a million likes within a day of its posting. "THEN, when I told Lauren that she was just like Moana — beautiful, smart, ultra cool and super strong, she had the greatest reaction. She laughed with a massive smile."


Johnson seemed excited to bond with Lauren over the animated "Moana," starring newcomer Auli'i Cravalho as the title character and slated for a Nov. 23 release.

"I told [Lauren] guess who's playing the male lead in Moana and is singing sooooooooongs," reads Johnson's photo caption. "[She] said 'Who?' I said, 'ME!' I'm pretty sure she forced a smile to make Uncle DJ feel good."

Either way, Lauren made an impression, with Johnson stating she'd set the tone for the rest of his visit.

"What a smile," he concluded. "Stay strong honey and can't wait for you to see Moana, because you're just like her. I know how badly you can't wait to hear me sing."

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