The year 2016 was a huge for The Rock. He finally saw his acting career take-off in a big way, when he was named by Forbes as the most bankable movie star in the whole of Hollywood. The People’s Champion also became People' s Sexiest Man Alive, when People Magazine gave him the accolade.
The arrival of his second daughter Jasmine in December 2015 made 2016 a special year. One thing that remained the same for The Rock was his relationship with long-time girlfriend Lauren Hashian. Things don’t seem to be slowing down for The Rock, he is starring in some of 2017’s biggest releases, in Fast & the Furious 8, Baywatch, and Jumanji, and he has been more than hinting at a possible run for the President’s Office in 2020.
Lauren has been with The Rock through the ups-and-down of the last 10 years. She helped him through his divorce from his college sweetheart, which was followed by a run of somewhat stale movie projects (Tooth Fairy anyone?), and also the death of his friend Paul Walker.
The Rock’s incredible rise in Hollywood has been very calculated, using social media effectively to promote his brand, and make smart choices when it comes to the roles he chooses. But the other critical component to his advances in his career has been his relationship with Lauren. As The Rock said of his success, “That doesn’t happen unless the home life is solid.” Here are 15 things you probably didn’t know about The Rock’s relationship.
15 They Met In Boston While Dwayne Was Filming The Game Plan
Hashian was born in Lynnfield, Massachusetts a prosperous suburb of the North Shore region of Massachusetts. She is proud of her Greater-Boston roots and is often seen on Instagram wearing a Red Sox hat. As a musician Lauren was based in Boston for a number of year and it was here where she met her now long-term boyfriend Dwayne Johnson.
The Rock was in Boston filming the sports comedy film “The Game Plan” in 2006 when he met Lauren. The two were seen having dinner together at Davio’s restaurant in downtown. The two weren’t officially dating until the sometime next year. The Rock was still married at the time, and rumors did circulate that The Rock cheated on his wife Dani Garcia with Lauren, but these rumors seem to be unfounded considering both The Rock and Lauren share a great relationship with Garcia today.
14 Lauren Is A Singer-Songwriter
Lauren’s passion in life is music, not surprising considering she is the daughter of Boston drummer John “Sib” Hashian. She has written and produced a number of songs during her career. She has been known to perform with her father’s latest band “Ernie and the Automatics.” Lauren has also written and produced music with her sister Aja Hashian, who is also a songwriter. The two sisters collaborated with YaBoi Shad in 2011 to record the single “Only You” which Lauren sings on.
Lauren continues to pursue her career in music, and you can follow her latest work on her Soundcloud page. Her style of music is a blend of soul, hip hop, and R’n’B, but is also capable of following in her father’s footsteps and carrying a rock ballad. It appears that with the birth of their child Jasmine, Lauren is taking a break from recording, but music will always be a huge part of her life.
13 The Rock Says Lauren Is A Big Part Of His Recent Success
Overall, 2016 was a huge year for The Rock. He was awarded the People’s Choice for Sexiest Man Alive, and Forbes announced him as the most bankable star in Hollywood after a string of huge hits. In an interview with Esquire magazine in June 2015 The Rock opened up about the woman he loves and how much he has helped him achieve his success.
“We do these stories and we talk so much about the business end, the success end, but then Lauren isn’t mentioned…with all the cool s**t and success I’ve been lucky enough to get? That doesn’t happen unless the home life is solid.” The Rock stated how important it was to maintain a balance between his life at work and home., and how happiness at home has helped him so much in his career.
12 They Have A Child
On Dec 16 2015, The Rock and Lauren welcomed their daughter Jasmine to the world. The Rock, who has another daughter, Simone Johnson, from his marriage, told Ellen DeGeneres, “It’s just the greatest blessing in the world being a Dad.”
The Rock has shown on Instagram that he is a very hands-on Dad, and tries to spend as much time as possible with his daughter. He has said that his favorite time of the day now is bath-time, “in she comes and she’s kicking and she’s so happy. I own being the daddy. I love it.”
The Rock has also said that watching Lauren be Jasmine’s mother has been one of the most “enlightening things” he has ever seen, saying that “she’s the champ” of the household. Being in a household of women, the Rock has a dog called Hobbes as his male companion.
11 Lauren’s Dad was A Drummer For The Band Boston
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Dad John “Sib” Hashian was in his mid-20s 1975, and he had been drumming since elementary school, when he got the break of a lifetime. Tom Scholz was the songwriter and vocalist behind a soft rock band called Boston, who were about to record their first album. Their label, Epic Records, didn’t like the band’s drummer so they fired him. Sib filled his place, and that year Boston recorded their self-titled debut album, which went onto be one of the biggest selling debut albums of all-time selling over 15 million copies, and included the timeless soft-rock hit “More Than A Feeling.”
Sib was a member of the band until 1980 and has since had a number of musical projects, and has owned a number of record stores in Massachusetts. Lauren has always been close to her father, who inspired her to pursue a career in the music industry herself, and the two have appeared together on-stage many times.
10 Lauren’s Mother was a Playboy Bunny
Lauren decided to follow in her father Sib Hashian’s footsteps by going into the music industry. But rather than using her musical ability, Hashian could have used her looks to follow in the steps of her mother. Lauren’s mom Suzanne Hashian-Miller was briefly a “bunny” at the Dallas Playboy Club.
The club, which was located on the second floor of Expressway Tower, was actually a pretty classy joint. No touching or nudity was allowed. The club was open for five years between 1977-1982, and members of the Dallas Cowboys, who had their offices in the same building, were regulars. Apparently the Bunny’s had a bitter rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. One Bunny recalled, “They were jealous of us. You could do a job that paid $15 a game or $300 a night. You pick.” Sounds like a pretty good gig for Lauren’s Mom.
9 Lauren helped Dwayne Battle Depression
In recent years The Rock has opened up about his lifelong battle with depression. The Rock faced with his own finishing move, in a literal sense, when he hit rock-bottom after divorcing his wife in 2008. The experience caused Dwayne to question what kind of a father that made him, and what kind of man that made him.
In a video made for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel, The Rock made a candid video discussing his depression, saying, “Hold onto that fundamental quality of faith. Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good.” The something good on the other side of the pain of his divorce turned out to be Lauren. “She embraced and loved me at my very worst and lifted me up to be my very best,” The Rock said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
8 The Rock and Lauren are close to his ex-wife Dany Garcia
The Rock has opened up about sinking into depression after he divorced his college sweetheart Dani Garcia. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t remained on good terms with his ex. In fact, Garcia actually works for The Rock.
Garcia is the head of William Morris Endeavor (WME) a talent agency focused solely on Dwayne’s career. Garcia is credited as being the main influencer in The Rock’s extraordinary rise in recent years to becoming 2016’s highest paid actor in Hollywood. “The title of world’s highest paid actor is a testament to the brilliant execution of a shared vision by an amazing group of individuals and an iconic star,” Garcia told Newsweek of the Forbes list that put the Rock at the top of Hollywood’s earners.
Garcia has said that a big reason why she and The Rock’s lives have thrived, despite going through a divorce, is largely due to the respect and understanding that her boyfriend Dave Rienzi, and Lauren Hashian have brought to their lives. She has spoken glowingly of Lauren, saying, “What brings the magic is the perspective from Dave and Lauren. They’re focused on family, they have so many of the same virtues as we do.”
While they’re marriage was unable to last, the Rock’s unique relationship with his ex-wife has brought harmony back to his life, as well as unparalleled success.
7 Lauren Almost Won A Reality TV Show Before She Met The Rock
Lauren is a musician by trade, and has been recording and producing music for over ten years. In 2005 she was contestant on the reality TV show “R U the Girl” on UPN which was hosted by Chili and T-Boz from the female hip hop act TLC. The idea of the show is the winner would replace TLC member Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopez who died in a tragic car accident in 2002. Lauren managed to make it all the way to the final, and her father Sib even made an appearance in an episode during the show.
However, winning the show might not have been the passport to fame Lauren thought it would be. The eventual winner, a singer called O’So Krispie, was only allowed to record one song with the TLC, and faded somewhat into obscurity after that.
6 Lauren Lets The Rock Own The Spotlight
The Rock is currently the best paid actor in Hollywood and officially the Sexiest Man Alive. Accolades like that are going to get you a lot of attention. While The Rock understands a big part of promoting his brand is key to his success, he also likes to keep his home-life private, which is certainly ok with Lauren. Lauren has only appeared a few times on the red carpet with her long-time boyfriend, and have been seen together at the Academy Awards ceremony in recent years.
While going to the occasional awards ceremony is a lot of fun, Lauren is more than happy for The Rock to have all the spotlight, and she is not at all interested in being famous just for being “the Rock’s girlfriend.” Dwayne and Lauren are intent on allowing their daughter Jasmine to have as normal a life as possible.
5 Lauren, Like Her BF, Has A Strong Social Media Presence
Social media is a dominant part of all our lives, and in Hollywood it is no different. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have dramatically changed the way movies are marketed and promoted, and no movie star has taken more advantage of that than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He has over 50 million Facebook fans and 45 million Instagram followers, and he constantly keeps his million (and millions!) of fans involved in his projects, providing almost daily press coverage for his movies. This loyalty is repaid big-time at the box office, and has helped make the Rock the most expensive star in Hollywood.
The Rock’s girlfriend also has a strong social media game. Lauren has over 145,000 Instagram followers and regularly posts back-stage pics with The Rock and other celebrities. Lauren also provides a rare glimpse into her life at home, by sharing pics and videos of their daughter. It this familiarity that the fans get to experience with The Rock and his family that has made him one of the most popular human-beings on the planet.
4 Lauren Comforted Dwayne When Paul Walker Died
The Rock was driving with Lauren when he found out the tragic news that his Fast and the Furious co-star Paul Walker had died in a car crash in 2013. Lauren found out the news on her phone and The Rock recalled, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, that Lauren, “immediately turned very quiet and was looking at me, studying, wondering if I knew.”
The Rock and Paul had been very close on-set. They related in many ways, having both had daughters, and both having gone through a divorce. When Lauren told Dwayne the news, they both said a prayer for Paul’s daughter. When they got home The Rock said he and Lauren both, “started bawling,” and Lauren comforted and helped him cope with his grief at the loss of such an important friend. “He was beautiful man,” Dwayne said of Walker, “and in that crazy world, that’s really something.”
3 They Have Been Together Nearly A Decade
Hollywood relationships are notorious for being fast and frivolous, and many Hollywood stars need more than one hand to count their divorces. The Rock and Lauren have been together for 10 years, which is a very long time for Hollywood.
When Dwayne divorced Dani Garcia, the girl he had first when he was a college football player dreaming of the NFL, he sank into a deep depression, and asked himself many questions about what type of man, and father, he was. The Rock takes family and commitment very seriously, which explains why he and Lauren have lasted so long, and have a relationship that looks, on the surface, to be rock solid. Of course you never really know what’s going on in the crazy world of Hollywood romances, but it looks like this is one love story that will last.
2 Lauren Might Need To Get Used To The Idea Of Being Called The “First Lady” One Day
Donald Trump stunned the world the last year by winning the 2016 Presidential Election. Apparently Trump is successful businessman, but most know him as a celebrity and reality TV star. Many predict that Trump’s success will open up the door for other celebrities to run for the most powerful office in the land.
In an interview with Vanity Fair shortly after the election The Rock was asked about running in 2020: “I wouldn’t rule it out. It would be a great opportunity to help people, so it’s possible. This past election shows that anything can happen.”
Then in December in a moment from his “Rock the Troops” special on Spike, The Rock appeared in a segment where he wore a pin with the words "The Rock” Johnson 2020.
The Rock is a registered Republican (but has appeared at Democratic Conventions) and he would likely need to lay the smackdown on Trump (figuratively) in order to be able to run. But The Rock’s success over the past years been so stratospheric, he probably feels like there’s nothing he can’t do. We’re not sure how Lauren Hashian feels about the idea though.
1 They Don’t’ Seem To Have Plans To Get Married Anytime Soon
You could say That Rock and Lauren have been takings slow. Rather than rush into marriage after meeting in Boston nearly 10 years ago, like so many in Hollywood do, The Rock and Lauren have kept things steady. 10 years is a pretty long time for a Hollywood relationship, and it doesn’t seem like they have any immediate plans to get married.
After the birth of their daughter Jasmine, many expected The Rock to pop the question, but so far no proposal. Both Dwayne and Lauren seem committed and totally devoted to each other, and perhaps don’t need a marriage certificate to make it official. It could be argued that they both have bigger priorities right, The Rock is a pretty busy man these days, maybe a wedding is something to be saved for a time in their lives when things have slowed down a bit.