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LOS ANGELES – Dwayne Johnson aka ‘The Rock’ planned on celebrating his 45th birthday with an early start at the gym, but not before being stopped by his 1-year-old daughter, Jasmine.

The wrestler-turned-actor took to Instagram on Tuesday to share an adorable photo of her sitting on his lap right before he left the house, writing, “Was puttin’ on my shoes to get ready to hit the gym before I go to work.”

“This lil’ mama surprised me by runnin’ into my arms and yelling ‘Daaaahdeeeeee’ which in my mind clearly means, Happy birthday daddy!” he continued. “You’re the coolest daddy on the planet and the sexiest man alive. now go crush your workout and keep stayin’ woke.”

Johnson’s Baywatch costar Zac Efron also took to Instagram to wish the actor well, posting a photo of them posing for their film.

“Happy Birthday @therock,” Efron, 29, wrote. “Thanks for bringing us, the people, your hard work, honor and justice, every single day… and for your sexy eyebrows.”

He also received a special message from his Fate of the Furious costar Vin Diesel, who posted a photo of the two on Instagram.

“To look back at what we have accomplished. Shoulder to shoulder, against impossible odds. Proud…,” Diesel wrote. “Happy Birthday Hobbs.”

The Fate of the Furious actor took to Twitter to thank fans and colleagues for their messages, writing, “Thank you guys so much for the mornin’ birthday wishes. Another years.. Im a lucky SOB. Now get out there and have a productive day.”

Johnson has seen a tremendous rise through the ranks over the years. Not too many wrestlers make smooth transitions to the world of films, but The Rock has not only established himself as one of the most bankable stars in the world, he has also become the highest-paid actor in the industry.

Johnson’s first leading film role was in The Scorpion King in 2002. For this role, he was paid US$5.5 million, a world record for an actor in his first starring role.

He has since appeared in various films, and become known for his ability to reinvigorate film franchises; one of his more prominent roles is Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious franchise, whose most recent film, The Fate of the Furious, was released in 2017.

As the actor turns 45, and as we wait for Baywatch, in which he’ll star with India’s Priyanka Chopra.