“I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in a household with strong role models," Garcia Johnson said in a statement accepting the honour. Photograph: (Instagram)
The new title has replaced the previous title of Miss or Mr Golden Globe -- given to the son or daughter of the entertainment industry’s most respected talents
Actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s 16-year-old daughter Simone Garcia Johnson has been named the Golden Globe Ambassador for the upcoming 75th annual Golden Globe Awards.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Meher Tatna announced Simone’s name on Wednesday.
As the Golden Globe Ambassador, she will partner with GlobalGirl Media, an organisation that encourages aspiring female journalists from disadvantaged areas and provides them with tools to help them in the industry. The HFPA plans to support this through their annual grant giving.
In a statement, Meher said, “As we look forward to the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) members decided to expand this role to embody the HFPA’s philanthropic efforts year-round. The honouree will now be referred to as the Golden Globe Ambassador and we could not think of a better representative than Simone to carry on this tradition, as her values closely reflect everything the HFPA stands for.”
Accepting the honour, Simone said, “I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in a household with strong role models and feel so honoured to represent the HFPA for its 75th anniversary. As the newly minted Golden Globe Ambassador, I hope to serve as a role model to young people everywhere and empower them to speak out on issues they are passionate about.”
She also posted a picture on her Instagram profile and wrote: "Finding words to describe exactly how I feel right now is a bit hard. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you to the HFPA, my parents, and everyone else who has helped this all come together. I feel so blessed to be a part of this incredible journey and be known as the first Golden Globe Ambassador.”
finding words to describe exactly how i feel right now is a bit hard. thank you thank you thank you. thank you to the HFPA, my parents, and everyone else who has helped this all come together. I feel so blessed to be a part of this incredible journey and be known as the first Golden Globe Ambassador. #Globes75 @goldenglobes
Simone Garcia Johnson is Dwayne Johnson's daughter with first wife Dany Garcia, whom he was married to from 1997 to 2007 and who is his manager. The Rock then went on to marry Lauren Hashian and has a one-year-old daughter named Jasmine.
Speaking on the occasion, Dwayne wrote on Instagram: “Thank you to our friends and colleagues of the #HFPA for recognising her value and voice. An amazing and cool honour to rep our community and the #Globes75.”
We’re extremely proud and thankful for this moment. Congratulations to our daughter @simonegjohnson on being selected as the very first #GoldenGlobes AMBASSADOR. Thank you to our friends and colleagues of the #HFPA for recognizing her value and voice. An amazing and cool honor to rep our community and the #Globes75. So much alofa and pride Xo D, @laurenhashianofficial @danygarciaco @daverienzi 👏🏾👏🏾🙏🏾❤️
The Golden Globe Ambassador replaces the honourary title Miss/Mr. Golden Globe, which was given to the son or daughter of the entertainment industry’s most respected talents.
Sylvester Stallone’s daughters Scarlet, Sophia and Sistine were the prior holders of the role, which until now was called Miss Golden Globe, according to People. Sophia, 21, Sistine, 19, and Scarlet, 15, are all Sly’s daughters with third wife Jennifer Flavin.
The 2018 Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 7, 2018.