Elizabeth Warren is a baller.
It turns out Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and her husband, Bruce, are huge fans of the HBO comedy Ballers, which stars the one and only Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
Warren loves the show so much that she tweeted her excitement for the show’s Season 5 premiere, which aired Sunday night, and even congratulated The Rock on his recent marriage.
Can’t wait for the Season 5 premiere of @BallersHBO tonight (Bruce and I still can’t believe there won’t be a Season 6). And congrats @TheRock on your marriage!
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 25, 2019
The Rock was thrilled to hear from his “ballin’ friend” on Twitter and thanked Warren for the “marriage well wishes” and all of her work as Senator. “Enjoy Ballers tonight,” he wrote.
Mahalo, my ballin’ friend (thanks Bruce too)
It’s been a helluva run and I’m grateful to the people. Thanks for the 🏀 and ⛓, I mean happy marriage well wishes 😉
Best of luck and thank you Senator for all your hard work on behalf of our country.
Enjoy @BallersHBO tonight 👊🏾 https://t.co/uBjuk6iRTS
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 25, 2019
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Warren must have been thrilled later to learn that she actually made an appearance in the Season 5 premiere. (Sort of.) Johnson’s character was seen reading the candidate’s 2017 book, This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class.
The new season of Ballers opens with The Rock reading Elizabeth Warren’s book.
And you know what? This plays in the world of the show. Spencer Strasmore has layers! Yeah I watch Ballers! pic.twitter.com/nz8xm05s2S
— Elijah Cone (@ElijahCone) August 26, 2019
Like other HBO shows, including Game of Thrones, Warren has been very open about her love for Ballers and Johnson in the past. She also called him “her favorite actor and not-so-secret crush” in a May 2018 tweet.
According to the tweet, Warren is SUCH a Ballers fan that she even keeps an autographed pilot script on her desk in Washington to “remember to stay ballin’.”
This is a lot to take in, but once you really digest the fact that Warren deeply loves The Rock, and a TV show called Ballers, and publicly participates in Crush Twitter, it’s quite delightful.
Happy birthday to my favorite actor and not-so-secret crush @TheRock! I keep this on my desk in Washington to remember to stay ballin’. Send my love to your beautiful family! pic.twitter.com/yxfc8FE5Av
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 2, 2018
As Boston.com reported, Warren has also discussed Ballers in several interviews, including one in which she said, “It’s a story about perseverance… It’s a story about having to reach within yourself and find something you’re not 100 percent sure is there.”
In a 2018 interview with Pod Save America, however, Warren simply said that she’s such a big fan of the show because of The Rock. “It is The Rock,” she said in the voice of a woman who has a major celebrity crush.
Warren and Johnson also interacted on Twitter earlier this month when the 2020 candidate bluntly told “all the reporters” who were reminding her about the Ballers premiere that she obviously knew when it was and had it marked in her calendar for months.
Johnson, knowing she’s a hardcore fan, came to her defense, tweeting, “You reporters better put some respek on Senator Warren’s name…”
🤣👏🏾💪🏾 You reporters better put some respek on Senator Warren’s name – she is READY for our season premiere of @BallersHBO tomorrow night at 10pm on @HBO. Thank you Senator for the support – I feel we’ll deliver our best yet. You have a big Rock sized hug coming when I see u https://t.co/a56AsNolMj
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 11, 2018
We stan this friendship hard.