Dwayne Johnson reminisced on a ''tough'' time in his life when he ''couldn't afford'' a Thanksgiving dinner.

The 45-year-old actor celebrated the annual American holiday on Thursday (23.11.17) with his family, but the star took a moment to reflect on a time when he was not as fortunate as he is now and he did not have food on the table, but he desperately waited for someone to invite him and his loved ones to their house to eat.

The 'Jumanji' star - who was known as The Rock when he was a professional wrestler - shared a photograph of the festivities on his Instagram account, which captured him surrounded by his relatives as they stood around a table.

He captioned the post: ''After we bowed our heads in prayer, we went around the table and everyone shared what they were thankful for.

''Beautiful seeing and listening to everyone speak from their heart. Tears, laughter and boundless gratitude.

''As my mom pointed out earlier in the day, there was a time back in '87 when we couldn't even afford Thanksgiving dinner and was praying someone would invite us over their house to eat. We were in a tough spot back then, but we got thru it.

And here we are today.

One big, extended, blended, slightly crazy, loving, grateful ohana.

#sib (sic).''

However, the muscular hunk - who has daughters Simone, 16, with his former flame Dany Garcia, and 23-month-old Jasmine with Lauren Hashian - brought a more uplifting tone to his post as he joked he was ''a little surprised'' no one at the meal shared how privileged they were to be in the presence of ''THE Sexiest Man Alive''.

Dwayne - who received the honour from PEOPLE magazine last year, which has now been to Blake Shelton - quipped: ''Personally, I'm a little surprised no one expressed how thankful they were that THE Sexiest Man Alive (I refuse to relinquish my title to Blake Shelton or any man) was sitting at the table. I didn't want to be a d**k and interrupt the prayer, but at some point someones gotta address the elephant in the room.

''Jokes aside, it was a very special Thanksgiving. (sic).''