July 11, 2018 01:46 PM

“Do you smell what Dwayne Johnson is cooking?” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

EW premiered a sneak peek at an upcoming episode of the digital series Off Script by Grey Goose, in which the 46-year-old actor talks about temporarily dropping his well-known WWE stage name, “The Rock,” more than a decade ago.

“I was tired of trying to be something I wasn’t,” he tells Jamie Foxx. “I was told at that time, ‘Listen, you can’t talk about wrestling. You can’t go by ‘The Rock.’ You can’t be as big [physically].”

However, giving up the moniker didn’t last long — and a few other decisions were made along with reincorporating his wrestling persona.

“So finally I reached a point where I said, ‘Alright, two things have to happen: I’m gonna surround myself with a different group of people, different management, and then I’m gonna make sure that I just gotta be me,” he explains. “If you wanna call me ‘Rock,’ you call me ‘Rock.'”

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
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The Skyscraper star adds that it’s about staying true to himself as well as his fans.

“It’s the most important relationship I have,” he says.

Another moniker Johnson is proud to go by? “Dad.”

During a visit to Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, the star opened up about being in the delivery room for 2-month-old daughter Tiana Gia‘s birth.

“I will say, it was the most amazing experience I’ve ever seen,” Johnson said. “I look at Lauren [Hashian], and women and mothers, in a different light than I ever have before. And it was beautiful.”

Of course, Johnson had been by ex-wife Dany Garcia’s side when she was in labor with their 16-year-old daughter Simone Garcia Johnson — and next to girlfriend Hashian when she gave birth to their 2-year-old Jasmine Lia. But both times, he said, he avoided standing below the drape during the birth.

With Tiana, Johnson went to watch by Hashian’s feet.

“I was encouraging her — holding her hand. And the doctor said, ‘Would you like to come down and watch and help?’ ” Johnson recalled. “I said, ‘Yup, I’m going to come down. Watch. Help.’ “

“I’m holding legs, everything. And out comes the baby,” he continued, joking, “I know, right? Crazy. ‘Cause you roll the dice. You don’t know how it’s going go to go. A lot of stuff happens.”

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