'The Rock' Couldn't Make Teen's Prom. He Still Came Through

'I couldn't believe it. I was so surprised,' says Minnesota's Katie Kelzenberg
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 24, 2018 9:20 AM CDT
In this April 11, 2018, file photo, actor Dwayne Johnson poses for photographers at the premiere of "Rampage" in London.   (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – An eastern Minnesota teen who asked her celebrity crush Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to prom got a huge surprise when he actually responded, per the AP. Stillwater Area High School senior Katie Kelzenberg asked the actor to "Rock" it with her at the school's May 5 prom in a Twitter video posted last week, the Pioneer Press reports. The self-proclaimed fan was dressed like The Rock in the video, sporting a black turtleneck, jeans, a gold necklace, and fanny pack. She also showed off her collection of Johnson-related merchandise, including a pillow, T-shirts, and an action figure. Johnson's recorded response was played over the school intercom Friday. A Warner Bros. representative contacted school officials Thursday about the surprise message, says a spokeswoman for the district.

Johnson said he admires Kelzenberg's courage but that he won't be able to attend prom because he'll be in Hawaii filming Jungle Cruise. Instead, Johnson rented out a nearby movie theater on Saturday for Kelzenberg and more than 230 friends and family to watch his latest movie, Rampage. Johnson even covered the cost of snacks and drinks for the theater. "I couldn't believe it. I was so surprised," Kelzenberg says. "I just kept thinking, 'He saw me! He knows who I am!'" Kelzenberg says she became a fan of Johnson's five years ago. Her favorite movies of his include Central Intelligence and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. "I like that he interacts with his fans so well," she says. "He takes time out of his day to connect with them." Kelzenberg plans to go to prom with her friends.

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