John Cena On Keeping His Marriage Private, Getting Cast In Barbie

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In a recent appearance on The TODAY Show, 16-time World Champion John Cena revealed why he hasn’t been vocal about his marriage to Shay Shariatzadeh.

Cena and Shariatzadeh tied the knot in 2020 in a private ceremony following The Champ’s break-up with Nikki Bella in 2018.


You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On returning for Fast X: “I get to be a cool uncle. The family is in trouble with a bad guy who has no intentions of turning good this time in Fast X with Jason Momoa. He steals the show in his role and I get to be the cool uncle to take ‘Lil B’, little Brian Toretto, on a road trip to try to get him to safety. Action and adventure ensues, the weather is warming up and it’s great weather for a summer box office. Fast X is exactly that.”

On his role in Barbie: “You know what? It was a happy accident. I think Barbie and Fast X share a lot of parallels. The cast list is amazing. Barbie cast list is amazing. Fast X cast list is amazing. So with a lot of opportunity, it was a chance to, ‘hey, would you guys be willing to have me to do something?’ […] “An accidental run-in with Margot Robbie, I said, ‘I will pretty much do whatever you guys need,’ because I really enjoyed the movie. And they asked me if I wanted to be a ‘merman,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ I hadn’t worked with Margot before. We literally randomly ran into each other as friends and we were filming across the street – Fast X was filming across the street from Barbie. And they said, ‘Why don’t you do Barbie?’ I said, ‘I’m trying’, and Margot makes a lot of decisions for that.”

On his marriage and not talking about it: “Some things are worth keeping to yourself. She loves me for who I am, and I love her for exactly who she is. She’s the one that can actually see me.”

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