John Cena may be built like a brick house and have an Adonis-like jawline but apparently he’s not always as confident as his stellar physique might suggest. Sometimes even Hercules needs a pep talk. On his Sunday night appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET), Cena revealed he really only gets by with a little help from his friends . . . or enemies-turned-friends, that is.
Cena stopped by the show to chat about his upcoming movie roles in the Suicide Squad sequel and the ninth installment of The Fast and The Furious franchise (yes, they’re on movie nine) and explained that he wasn’t always sure how his transition from WWE to acting was going to go. He admitted that when he was auditioning for what would become his role in the mega-smash-hit rom-com Trainwreck, he needed to psych himself up to audition for Amy Schumer, and he turned to an unlikely source—his WWE nemesis and sworn enemy, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
From 2011 to 2013, The Rock and Cena, both still WWE wrestlers at the time, had a savage public feud which saw both men hurl insults at each other over television and come face-to-face in the ring twice. While the WWE world is known for it’s fake storylines and bogus scripted feuds, The Rock admitted last year that his and Cena’s contempt for each other was entirely real.
“The Rock and I are most known for our tremendous WWE feud that broke WWE pay-per-view records,” Cena explained, “and we kinda talked a lot of trash about each other.” But after a year of making fun of each other’s tiny little spandex shorts and puny ankles, they decided to become best buds 4 lyfe and apparently give each other life-altering advice.
“He gave me a piece of advice that still rings in my ears like he said it yesterday,” Cena told Jimmy and a captivated audience. “He just turned to me, smooth and casual as he always does with everything says, and in such an inspirational tone as with everything he does, he was like, ‘Just be yourself, man, that’s why they asked you there in the first place.’ And that message of always be authentically yourself has stuck with me and created the opportunities that I have.”
So simple, yet so beautiful. We’re not crying. YOU’RE CRYING.