— -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson said Americans may one day be seeing “what ‘The Rock’ is cooking” in the White House.
Johnson, who made that phrase famous in his pro wrestling days, was hit by presidential buzz in March when he shared an article on Twitter that claimed people were “loudly clamoring” for him to run on the GOP ticket.
Johnson, 44, told Michael Strahan in an interview that aired today on “Good Morning America” the idea of his future in politics is “very real.”
“This interesting ground swell that has happened on the idea of my being president one day has become a legit thing to some people,” Johnson said.
Johnson went on to say that “with 100 percent certainty,” he would listen to the “temperature of the American” people.
“If it is a very real, overwhelming, positive, strong, ‘We want you to run for president,’ and if I felt that I can step up to the plate and become a tremendous leader for our country and make a real difference and make change, I would do it,” he said.
With his political future still in the air, Johnson is keeping his focus on acting. The actor is kicking of the second season of his HBO show “Ballers,” in which he plays a former NFL lineman who is now a financial adviser to NFL players.
“One of the greatest things for me personally about the character is I've never played a character who is so close to my heart,” Johnson, a former University of Miami football star, told Strahan, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He added, “Down in South Florida, I live that life. I know what it's like, and I also know what it's like to transition out of football at a time, much like my character in 'Ballers,' where I wasn't ready to give up football.”
Off the field and off the TV screen, Johnson, the father of 14-year-old and 7-month-old daughters, said he is so great in the kitchen his other nickname is “Rock Jemima.”
Johnson showed Strahan how he makes his “world famous pancakes” for his family. The pancakes are made with a box of pancake mix, prepared as directed, with the addition of organic diced bananas and milk chocolate chips.
“What’s in this is love,” Johnson said of the pancakes’ secret ingredient.
Season 2 of "Ballers" debuts July 17 on HBO.