Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson shared several Instagram posts on Sunday pertaining to his daughter’s Tiana’s third birthday – and her affection for the superhero portrayed by Momoa in DC Comics films.
“Happy Birthday to my sweetest lil’ Tia Giana,” he wrote in the first one. “Loving, kind, tenacious and tough (like your mama) and my greatest joy is being your daddy. I always ‘got you.’”
Johnson added: “Now that she’s finally starting to understand that Daddy is Maui from Moana [a character The Rock voiced in the 2016 film], she has one very important question – ‘Daddy do you know Aquaman?’”
He then shared a video of himself with his daughter watching a movie scene featuring Aquaman. “Who’s cooler? Daddy?” Johnson asks in the clip, at which point Tiana interjects: “Aquaman.”
“The birthday girl Tia is OBSESSED with [Momoa],” Johnson wrote in the accompanying caption. “She didn’t even wait til I finished the question, before answering definitively, ‘Aquaman.’”
A third post consisted of an image of Tiana next to an Aquaman action figure and a drawing of the superhero. “Now this is getting ridiculous,” Johnson wrote. “For Tia’s birthday she insisted Aquaman join us for breakfast – and then after we eat, she asked Daddy to draw Aquaman so she can FRAME IT and hang it up in her room.”
Referring to the DC Comics character he will portray in an upcoming film, Johnson added: “Black Adam’s gonna hand out a fresh Aqua A** Whuppin’ if this disrespect keeps up.”
Eventually, Johnson shared a clip of Tiana receiving a happy birthday message from Momoa via video link. Momoa can be heard telling the young girl he’s sorry he couldn’t be there on the day but promising they will meet in the future – and of course, wishing her a happy birthday.
“I had to make the call... it’s what daddies do,” Johnson wrote. “I can’t thank my brother [Momoa] enough for making this adoring 3yr old’s birthday the best EVER. Her reaction is priceless and what it’s all about. ... You epitomise one of my favorite quotes, ‘It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.’”