Amazing Celeb Transformations with Lessons for All

Change is often necessary but rarely easy and can be even more challenging in the public eye

Celebrities undergo makeovers every time they play a role. A few actually change who they are, with transformations so profound that they hardly seem like the same people anymore. Take a look at these extreme celebrity transformations to find inspiration for your own life. 

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson: From Wrestling Ring to Red Carpet  

From Wresting Ring to Rope Line: Left: June 1999, The Rock at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City. Right: Dwayne Johnson signing autographs at the Miami, FL Pain and Gain Premiere in 2013.


Dwayne Johnson attended the University of Miami on a full football scholarship. After graduation he went pro and spent two months in the Canadian Football League. But it wasn't until he became “The Rock” in the World Wrestling Federation in the 1990s that people started to take notice, says Jane Boursaw, founder and editor-in-chief of entertainment web site ReelLifeWithJane.com.

After 17 championship reigns in WWE—successor to the WWF—he morphed into an actor and then a star. It began with The Mummy Returns in 2001. One year later he had the starring role in its prequel, The Scorpion King. But it was when he made Walking Tall in 2004 (and rediscovered his given name Dwayne Johnson) that people really started to see him as something other than a professional wrestler. Among Johnson’s other films are Gridiron Gang (2004), Get Smart (2008) and the Fast & Furious franchise.

It worked. In December 2013, Forbes named him the top-grossing actor of 2013, with his films bringing in $1.3 billion worldwide for the year.

The Takeaway: Be yourself, don’t be afraid of making changes as you keep moving forward but remember who you are. 

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