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The Rock Opens Up About Witnessing His Mom’s Suicide Attempt When He Was Only 15 Years Old

by Caralynn Lippo
Caralynn is a writer, native New Yorker, TV enthusiast, and dog mom to Hobbes.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may star in plenty of comedies, but his real life isn’t always so funny.

The Jumanji star recently filmed a tough scene for his HBO series Ballers that stirred some unpleasant memories for him. In the series, his character’s brother killed himself. But the actor decided to share his real-life experience with suicide and use his reach to turn it into a teachable moment for others.

Alongside a behind-the-scenes photo of the actor at a grave, the Rock wrote on Instagram:

“Not your typical scene on our comedy [Ballers], as I cracked a beer open toasting my character’s brother, William, who committed suicide. Got me thinkin’ though ’bout how many of us have been affected by suicide of our friends, family. Struggle and pain is real. We’ve all been there on some level or another.

My mom tried to check out when I was 15. She got outta the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic. Big rigs and cars swerving outta the way not to hit her. I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road. What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t.

Sh*ts of a scene to shoot — didn’t like it — but it did [remind me] that we always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help ‘em thru it, get ‘em talkin’ about the struggle and remind ‘em that they’re not alone. We got lucky that day when I was 15 and that ain’t always the case.”

The Rock previously shared this story in greater detail during a 2015 appearance on Oprah’s Master Class, which you can watch below.

Please SHARE the Rock’s important message on Facebook.

Note: If you or any of your loved ones are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can always reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255. They are available 24/7 by phone or online chat.

Photos: OWN – Oprah’s Master Class; Instagram / @therock

[H/T: ET Online]

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