The Rock is on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's radar — and not for his potential 2020 run for president, but rather for his HBO show Ballers

By Tierney McAfee
August 13, 2018 01:32 PM
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The Rock is on Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s radar — and not for his potential 2020 run for president, but rather for his HBO show Ballers.

In a recent podcast interview, the Massachusetts senator and progressive icon opened up about her surprising love for the dramedy, which stars Dwayne Johnson, 46, as a retired NFL star navigating his new career as a financial manager for today’s players.

The interviewer playfully questioned Warren’s devotion to the show, asking, “Is it The Rock? Is it the whole thing? Like, why Ballers?”

“It is The Rock,” Warren, 69, replied emphatically, to laughter from the crowd.

Warren later posted an excerpt of the interview on her Twitter, which prompted a warm response from The Rock himself.

“I appreciate the love Senator Warren,” Johnson tweeted. “Enjoy our new season tonight and you have a big Rock-sized hug coming when I see ya.”

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Warren has long counted herself a fan of Ballers. Last year, she cited the show as one of the reasons she supported the Writers Guild of America during the WGA’s contract negotiations, Vulture reported.

She also tweeted a happy birthday message to her “favorite actor and not-so-secret crush” in May, and revealed that she keeps a signed copy of a Ballers script on her desk as a reminder to “stay ballin’.”

Warren and Johnson had another Twitter exchange later that month when she wrote, “We’ve got 7/23 marked on our calendars. Sure hope Ricky sticks with the Pats!” Johnson expressed his gratitude in a tweet saying, “Like you, we ball hard.”

Warren had also been saving the date for the Season 4 premiere.

She tweeted on Friday: “To all the reporters tweeting at me about the season premiere of @BallersHBO on Sunday night at 10pm ET like I haven’t had this date saved on my calendar for months: I KNOW.”