Once again, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is proving that his heart might actually be the biggest muscle on his body.
The actor took a break from filming "Baywatch" to visit the children’s ward at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday. His workout for the day? To pump some… joy into the lives of sick children.
“Gotta tell ya little stuff like this will always be the best part of fame,” wrote Johnson. “To all the kids I met — you guys keep smiling and staying strong. All the mamas and daddy's I met, y'all stay strong too.”
Johnson didn't stop at just one visit to the hospital either. After his initial visit, Johnson heard that a patient named Christopher was too old for the children's ward, but could really use a surprise from the actor. While "Baywatch" was shooting outside Sunday, Johnson wrote on Instagram, he asked for a break between shoots to go visit the young man.
The two bonded over Christopher's surgery scars, which Johnson called "battle scars." "Those scars are badges of honor and the reminder of how tough this kid is," Johnson wrote. He ended the post with a reflection on his visit: "I'm glad I got a chance to shake the hand of this very strong and inspiring young man."
As a dad himself — he has a 14-year-old daughter, Simone, and a 3-month old, Jasmine — it’s no surprise that Johnson made time for the wee ones ones of Savannah. The Rock’s softer side tends to come out when kids are involved, whether he’s serenading his newborn on Instagram or getting emotional about his eldest on Oprah.
"When I held her when she was born, I held her in these two hands and I said to her, 'I will always, always take care of you,” he said of Simone in a November interview on ‘Oprah’s Master Class.’ For the rest of your life, you will be safe.'"
That goes for the animal kingdom, too — there was the time he saved a dog from drowning, and donated $1500 to help an abandoned puppy get life-saving surgery.
The Rock: Actor, wrestler, and protector of children and animals. We’d say that legacy is pretty … rockin’.