In an interview with GQ, Johnson -- the former champion wrestler and current movie star -- says he has "a tremendous amount of respect for the [political] process." But when both Hilary Clinton's and Donald Trump's campaigns reached out in 2016, he thought carefully because he feels he is "in a position now where my word carries a lot of weight."
He chose his words wisely, but didn't choose sides. "It might sway an opinion," he said, "which I didn't want to do."
But the "Baywatch" star, 45, says that he may not be completely impartial for long because a run for office is a "real possibility."
"A year ago, it started coming up more and more," Johnson said about reporters asking him if he eventually would run. "There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, 'Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.' I didn't want to be flippant."
"Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important. Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody ... I wouldn't shut [anyone who disagreed] out. I would actually include them. The first thing we'd do is we'd come and sit down and we'd talk about it. It's hard to categorize right now how I think he's doing, other than to tell you how I would operate," he said.
"Even if we disagree, we've got to figure it out," he said. "If there's a large number of people disagreeing, there might be something I'm not seeing, so let me see it. Let me understand it."