As would be the case for many women, Karina Kabalan was recently left speechless when she was approached by heart-throb celebrity Dwayne Johnson, better known as “The Rock.” Often portraying the handsome hero, The Rock had Karina so distracted, as she stood starstruck, that she didn’t realize who was right behind her.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson decided he wanted to orchestrate a Christmas surprise for one lucky recipient during his appearance as a guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Friday. Being a supporter of the brave men and women who defend our freedoms, Johnson set his sights on Karina, unbeknownst to the military veteran.
“If we ever have the opportunity to give back to our troops, I think we all should because we live and enjoy the life we have because of them,” Johnson explained before announcing his intentions. “I would love to give back to a military family that’s actually here in the audience … This person does not know.”
Accompanied by Jimmy Fallon, Johnson began his big surprise as he proceeded backstage to the control room, where he met with an unsuspecting Karina, one of the show’s producers who was obviously taken back by the star’s presence and confrontation. However, things were about to get even better when she finally realized the real hero was behind her.
“We just wanted to thank you and your husband for your service and your sacrifice,” Johnson said. “And I personally heard you are the most amazing person, and we wanted to bring your husband home for you for the holidays.”
Not only is Karina a veteran herself, but her husband Todd, who is also a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, has been stationed 5,000 miles away. After living apart for a year and a half, the pair were reunited when Karina turned around to see her husband standing behind her in a feat that Johnson and Fallon were proud to pull off, and Karina was grateful for.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 10, 2016
I can't believe we pulled that off. I lost it. #FallonTonight
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) December 10, 2016
— Karina Kabalan (@KarinaMasFina) December 10, 2016
The emotional scene, where even Fallon visibly fought back tears according to Fox News Insider, has put a smile on faces across social media as the clip is garnering widespread attention. Perhaps it’s the appearance of The Rock that has left many anxious to view the clip, but it’s definitely the reminder of all we have to be grateful for this season that’s causing it to be shared.
As we enjoy the Christmas season with those we love, our hearts and prayers go out to those who aren’t so blessed because they are selflessly serving others, ensuring our freedoms. From our family to theirs, we offer a heartfelt “thank-you,” and to The Rock, job well done, sir.