Dwayne Johnson opens up about how his incredible fame has changed him—and not necessarily for the better.

If you haven’t heard of Dwayne Johnson, you’ve probably been living under a rock (or maybe not).

The actor and former WWE wrestler has built a name for himself as one of the most successful stars in Hollywood since making the switch from wrestling to acting.

While he’s since figured out how to approach his immense fame, Johnson said it was the result of a lot of self-reflection.

Initially, however, the star said that the fame had gone to his head and that he had to do everything he could to change the behavior that it caused.

He recalled a moment that gave him the harsh realization of how fame could change him if he wasn’t careful

Johnson spoke candidly about his relationship with fame. (Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

Johnson spoke candidly about his relationship with fame. (Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

It happened when he was out for dinner and some fans came by and apologetically but excitedly asked him for an autograph.

Johnson recalled that he said yes, but that he did so in a resigned manner that made them feel guilty about asking.

He told Men’s Health of the incident: “It only took me 30 seconds to realize that I had the opportunity to make someone feel good, and I made them feel bad.”

He added: “And what an asshole that made me. And what an asshole, rightfully so, that made me feel that way… After that I told myself I would never, ever make anyone feel bad by coming to me.”

Johnson indicated that he is now much more open to approaching others. (Carrasquillo/GC Images)

Johnson indicated that he is now much more open to approaching others. (Carrasquillo/GC Images)

It goes without saying that Johnson’s fame has only increased since the incident and he has tried to be considerate of the fans who approach him.

This also helps to calm fans who find it overwhelming to meet him, for example by signing up to take a selfie for them.

He spoke candidly about his relationship with fame, describing how he wanted to keep his feelings “neutral.” He said: “Fame can be a very difficult thing. Fame can be wonderful, fame can be deceptive, fame can also, if you let it, if you get caught up in it, take you down a long, dark road that is very damaging and damaging to your career, to your life, to your relationships.”

He added: “These days, and it’s taken me a long time to get here, I try to be really neutral about fame. I don’t hate it, I don’t love it, I don’t like it. need to be famous. I’m grateful for it, but I keep the meter on neutral.”