The pro-wrestler-turned-Hollywood-star fronts the magazine’s latest issue, succeeding last year’s cover star and honoree, David Beckham. Johnson is the first non-white star to earn the title since Denzel Washington in 1996.
The actor was definitely excited, telling People about the moment he learned the news: “I said, ‘That’s awesome.’ And then what went through my mind was just how cool and exciting it is. And then I thought, ‘Wow, we’ve pretty much reached the pinnacle.’ I’m not quite too sure where we go from here. I’ve done it all, this is it.”
Johnson, who’s not your average leading man, seems like the perfect choice. Not only has he had a great year, starring in films like “Central Intelligence” and Disney’s upcoming “Moana,” he also seems like one of the industry’s most genuinely down-to-earth stars.
Just look at how he jokes around with his friend and “Jumanji” co-star, Kevin Hart:
And remember that time he saved a puppy from drowning? A real-life superhero.
He even dressed up as Pikachu to surprise his daughter on Halloween.
Like we said, perfect choice.
For more, head to the magazine’s website or pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands Friday.