Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on Raising Daughter Simone: I ‘Lead Our Life with Love’

11/13/2015 at 02:15 PM ET

The Rock? More like The Teddy Bear!

In this week’s episode of Oprah’s Master Class, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opens up about being a father to Simone, his 14-year-old daughter with ex-wife Dany Garcia.

“I realized being a father is the greatest job I have ever had and the greatest job I will ever have,” the actor says. “I always wanted to be a great dad. I always wanted to give Simone things that I felt I never got.”

Johnson, 43, recalls the first time he held Simone when she was born.

“I said to her, ‘I will always, always take care of you, for the rest of your life. You are safe,’ ” he says.

Dwayne Johnson The Rock daughter Simone
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The San Andreas star, who recently revealed he is expecting a daughter with girlfriend Lauren Hashian, also shares his philosophy for navigating the tricky waters of fatherhood.

“Throughout the years, throughout the ups and downs, I’ve realized that the most important thing that I could do with my daughter is lead our life with love,” he says. “Not success, not fame, not anything else but, ‘I’m always here for you. I love you.’ ”

He follows this with a story that proves how this type of leadership has resulted in an incredibly strong father-daughter bond.

“There was a time where I said, ‘Do me a favor: I want you to tell me what is the thing that you love most about our relationship,’ ” Johnson says, then has to hold back tears before moving on. “And she said, ‘Well, that I trust you.’ ”

He continues, “And for a 13-year-old girl to say that to her dad, considering where I was at 13, the instability I had. She said, ‘Well, that I trust you and that we have a very special bond,’ that moved me. And so, you know, at 13, she’s saying that and I couldn’t ask for anything else.”

“I love that girl,” he says, wiping away tears.

— Andrea Park

FILED UNDER: Dwayne Johnson , News , Parenting

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Mandi on

His daughter is turning into a very pretty young lady!

Guest on

This man can do it all ! He’s amazing and his children and family are lucky to have him. It’s nice to see a Celebrity that gives a darn about something other than himself.

Molly on

His daughter is beautiful!

Anthony on

A lot of people don’t know but having his daughter is probably one of the main reason’s he went to hollywood. It was a opportunity to create a better life for his family, spend more time with his family, and not have to rely on pro wrestling to make a living.

Sara on

I wish I had procreated with a man more like him.

Von on

This man is “The Rock”. His daughter is gorgeous.

Anonymous on

Very happy for his family.

Olivia on

Simone looks like a lovely young lady!

VP on

Yay she is adorable.

Lori L F on

your special to each other, and that is a blessing to have. Your lucky to have that kind of bond. I had that kind of bond with my dad, and I know that he is watching me from heaven. I have always trusted my dad too. God bless both of you. Dwayne, your daughter is gorgeous and you did an awesome job.

Aissatou sunjata on

She looks just like him! Wish I had a father I could have trusted growing up.