He continued, "For years I actually bought into it because you think, oh, that's what—that's what I'm supposed to do. I was miserable doing that so I made a choice. The choice was I wasn't gonna conform to Hollywood. Hollywood was gonna conform to me."
Between his success in the WWE and on the big screen, Dwayne certainly proved the doubters wrong.
And while standing on MTV's big stage, the actor couldn't help but share some words of advice to his fans of all ages.
"Yes it's important to be yourself," he shared. "[But] you gotta recognize the joy and the responsibility of bringing everybody with you. We bring everybody with us and you do that by being kind, by being compassionate, by being inclusive and straight up, just being good to people because that matters."
Dwayne continued, "And if you can hit that place, that's when you become influential. That's when you can have real global influence in a positive…When I was 15-years-old, I heard a quote and I will never forget it and I bring it with me everywhere. It's ingrained in my DNA. It's nice to be important but more important to be nice."
Perhaps Zachary summed it up best in his introduction. "Dwayne Johnson is more than just The Rock, he's our rock."
The Generation Award celebrates beloved actors whose diverse contributions to both film and television have turned them into household names. Previous recipients of MTV's special award include Chris Pratt, Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock and other A-list stars.
The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards airs Monday night at 9 p.m. only on MTV.