The Rock in the White House: Dwayne Johnson says run for president 'a real possibility'


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has called heading to Washington and running for office "a real possibility" after having given the idea some more thought.

"A year ago, it started coming up more and more," Johnson told GQ, addressing a Washington Post op-ed that suggested he would have been a viable candidate last year. "There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, 'Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.' I didn't want to be flippant–'We'll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!'"

He added, "I think that it's a real possibility."

Johnson is one of the most popular celebrities on earth (as well a the highest paid actor), which has prompted many to consider a presidential run for the "Baywatch" star. And the former WWE star has thought about it himself: Even back in 2012, he said he has definite plans to enter politics at some point, and that his ambitions could run all the way to the White House.

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The Rock at the 1999 Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles, CA 9/13/99 Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images
370782 03: World Wrestling Federation's Wrestler Rock Poses June 12, 2000 In Los Angeles, Ca. (Photo By Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: World Wrestling Federation wrestler 'The Rock' arrives at the Democratic National Convention in the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, 16 August, 2000. The convention is on its third day. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 2: House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) and The Rock, World Wrestling Federation Champion, call the delegation to their seats at the 2000 Republican National Convention at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, PA, 02 August, 2000. The Republican Party will confer its official blessing on GOP candidate George W. Bush's bid for the White House later 02 August, 2000. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read STEVE JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rock at MTV Video Music Awards 2000 held at Radio City Music Hall September 7, 2000 Photo byNick Elgar/ImageDirect
390026 24: Actor and professional wrestler 'The Rock' arrives at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards June 2, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1899 -- Pictured: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during an interview with host Jay Leno on August 23, 2000 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Sean P. Diddy Combs (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
395220 14: Actor Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock' performs a scene from 'The Mummy Returns.' The blockbuster movie was released on DVD and home video on October 2, 2001. (Photo by Keith Hamshere/Universal Studios via Getty Images)
403707 02: Professional wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson poses at the unveiling of his wax portrait at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum April 10, 2002 in New York City. The museum creates life-size, three-dimensional wax sculptures of celebrities and historical figures around the world. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Verne Troyer and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during Nickelodeon's 15th Annual Kids Choice Awards - Backstage at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
LONDON- APRIL 22 : Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson at a photocall to promote his upcoming film 'The Scorpion King' at the Dorchester Hotel on April 22, 2002 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Dwayne The Rock Johnson during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2003 - Arrivals at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson & wife Dany during World Premiere of 'The Rundown' at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Action Hero of the Year, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - MARCH 11: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson appears on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios on March 11, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
Johnny Knoxville and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Backstage and Audience at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Ron Wolfson/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 5: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the Virgin Cola/MTV Movie Awards after party at the Fame @ XES Club on June 5, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 04: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson arrives to the 2005 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium June 4, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The 14th annual award show will premiere on MTV Thursday, June 9 at 9:00PM (ET/PT). (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 13: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (L) and Serena Williams present the award for Best Male Athleteonstage at the 13th Annual ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre on July 13, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during 36th Annual Comic-Con International - Day Four at San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, host during 2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards - Show at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock during Dwayne The Rock Johnson Appears Outside The Late Show with David Letterman - October 19, 2005 at Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, presenter during The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards - Show at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage for The Lippin Group)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Simone Alexander Johnson (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
Dwayne The Rock Johnson during 2006 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Sony Pictures-Los Angeles)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during Joel Madden, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Xzibit Visits MTV's 'TRL' - September 14, 2006 at MTV Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Carley Margolis/FilmMagic)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards - Press Conference at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson appears onstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios on September 17, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3442 -- Pictured: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during an interview on September 24, 2007 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actor Dwayne The Rock Johnson poses in the press room during the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson -- Air Date 06/18/2008 -- Episode 3577 -- Pictured: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during an interview on June 18, 2008 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
CORAL GABLES, FL - DECEMBER 17: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson delivers the commencement speech at the University of Miami at Bank United Center on December 17, 2009 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
Actors Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson attend Spike TV's 4th Annual Guys Choice Awards held at Sony Studios on June 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards Arrivals at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 6, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the WrestleMania XXVII press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on March 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 03: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during WrestleMania XXVII at Georgia Dome on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 03: Actor/wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends 'WrestleMania 27' at the Georgia World Congress Center on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 04: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is sighted on the set of 'Pain And Gain' on April 4, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Uri Schanker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 23: Actor Dwayne Johnson, recipient of the Action Star of the Decade Award, arrives at a Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation event at Caesars Palace during the opening night of CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners on April 23, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - 'The Rock' Dwayne Johnson visits GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 3/27/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)DWAYNE JOHNSON
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the WrestleMania 29 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on April 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 24: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends CinemaCon 2014 Off and Running: Opening Night Studio Presentation from Paramount Pictures at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon 2014 on March 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 24: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the Paramount Studios presentation during Comic-Con International 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson speaks onstage during the 2014 ESPYS at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/KCSports2014/Getty Images For Nickelodeon)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 24: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the Paramount Studios presentation during Comic-Con International 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the Christmas in Washington 2014 Children's Hospital visit at Children's National Medical Center on December 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. 25248_003_0019.JPG (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 26: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'San Andreas' at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson speaks onstage during 'The Next Intersection For Hollywood with William Morris Endeavor's Ari Emanuel, Patrick Whitesell and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson' at the Fast Company Innovation Festival on November 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Fast Company)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: 73rd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Simone Alexandra Johnson arrive to the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016. (Photo by Alberto Rodriguez/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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And after he was crowned People's "Sexiest Man Alive," he said he had given the idea more thought, especially after Donald Trump won the election.

"And so I started to really think. Could I make a difference? Could I surround myself with really brilliant people to help me make decisions? Do I care about this country? And when the answers continued to come up yes, then I thought, there's a good chance," the "Rampage" star said. "Yeah, one day. Then we'll do another interview like this."

Previously, he called the idea "alluring." But let's not forget that Johnson has a full calendar until at least 2019. He will star in films like "Jumanji," "Rampage," "Fighting with My Family" and "San Andreas 2," and is executive producing projects like "Take My Wife" and "Not Without Hope."

Read the GQ interview here.

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ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 14: Actor Dwayne Johnson of MOANA took part today in 'Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios: The Upcoming Films' presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 26: Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'San Andreas' at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 06: Actor Dwayne Johnson accepts the Troops' Choice award onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2015 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 6, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock', is seen after a work-out at World Gym, Ashmore on April 14, 2014 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Richard Gosling/Newspix/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 21: Actor Dwayne Johnson attends the press conference of Paramount Pictures 'HERCULES' at Hotel Adlon on August 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 24: Actor/wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends the 'Hercules' panel at the Paramount Studios Presentation - Comic-Con International on Day 1 held at San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 23: Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Hercules' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 23, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0091 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Dwayne Johnson and host Jimmy Fallon during the 'Pomanti Brothers Fitness Video' skit on July 22, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Actor Dwayne Johnson visits 106 & Park at BET studio on July 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Dwayne Johnson speaks onstage during the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 held at Pauley Pavilion on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Dwayne Johnson attends a photocall for 'Hercules' at Trafalgar Square on July 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: Dwayne Johnson at the 'Pain & Gain' Press Conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on April 13, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 11: Dwayne Johnson attends the press conference of the Miami Premiere of 'Pain & Gain' at Mandarin Oriental on April 11, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Paramount)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - APRIL 1: Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson looks on during his match against John Cena during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during WrestleMania XXVII at Georgia Dome on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson during Wrestle Mania XX at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
403707 06: Professional wrestler Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson poses at the unveiling of his wax portrait at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum April 10, 2002 in New York City. The museum creates life-size, three-dimensional wax sculptures of celebrities and historical figures around the world. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 17 -- Air Date 04/13/2002 -- Pictured: (l-r) Seth Meyers as Jeremy, Maya Rudolph as The Scorpion Queen and Dwayne Johnson as The Scorpion King during 'The Scorpion Prince' skit on April 13, 2002 (Photo by Norman Ng/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
395220 10: Actor Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock', walks onstage to promote a special DVD and home video release of the movie 'The Mummy Returns' October 3, 2001 in Santa Monica, CA. (Photo by Jason Kirk/Getty Images)
OCTOBER 22: Defensive end Dwayne Johnson #94 of the University of Miami Hurricanes walks on the field during the NCAA game against the University of Virginia on October 22, 1994. Dwayne Johnson is also known as 'The Rock' of World Wrestling Federation. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Dwayne Johnson, aka 'The Rock', is seen after a work-out at World Gym, Ashmore on April 14, 2014 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Richard Gosling/Newspix/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Actor Dwayne Johnson speaks onstage during Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WWE Superstar and actor, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson speaks to the media before Wrestlemania 28 in Miami, FL.
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