Whatever Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is cooking these days is piping hot. Or so says People magazine, which on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time) named the wrestler-turned-actor this year’s “sexiest man alive.”

Johnson, 44, whose famous catch phrase in the ring was, “If you smell what The Rock is cookin’?”, said learning about his new title put him in a quandary.

“What went through my mind was just how cool and exciting it is,” Johnson told People. “And then I thought, ‘Wow, we’ve pretty much reached the pinnacle.’ I’m not quite too sure where we go from here.”

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, 44, has been labelled the world's sexiest man by People magazine.

Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, 44, has been labelled the world’s sexiest man by People magazine.

Johnson rose to mainstream fame in the mid-1990s as a contender with World Wrestling Entertainment and later became an actor and Hollywood producer.

Johnson, who stands 6 feet 5 inches (1.96m) and weighs 245 pounds (111 kg), is known for his herculean appearance. In fact, he played the mythological character in the 2014 feature film Hercules.

In his latest project, the actor is featured in the upcoming Disney animated film Moana as the voice of demigod Maui.

“I’ve made big sweeping changes in my career over the years, which have served me nicely,” he said. “But I feel that the big sweeping changes that happened in my life, in my relationships, of being a dad, of being a partner, and the things that I was and the things that I am, has really lent itself to a confidence.”

Johnson has an 11-month old daughter, Jasmine, with his longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian, and a 15-year-old daughter with ex-wife, producer Dany Garcia.

The entertainer recently said he was poised to make another major change and eventually trade in show business to enter the political ring.

The Fast and the Furious franchise star told Reuters that the excitement surrounding last week’s presidential election had renewed public interest in his running for office.

“Especially now, leadership is so important,” Johnson said. “Great leadership is so important; respected leadership is so important.”