John Cena Talks ‘Playing With Fire,’ Heroes, & Future With WWE

John Cena Talks 'Playing With Fire,' Heroes, & Future With WWE

John Cena is honoring some hometown heroes on the cover of Good Housekeeping‘s November issue, on newsstands on October 22!

Here’s what the 42-year-old professional wrestler and Playing with Fire actor had to share with the mag:

On his definition of a hero: “To me, a hero is anyone who lives with passion and purpose, no matter what kind of job he or she clocks in to. What sets first responders apart is that an ordinary day of work can include willingly facing down danger. I admired that because it is something I have trouble doing. I enjoy doing stunts, but when something doesn’t seem too safe, I’m like, ‘We should talk this over…’”

On his brother Dan, a cop of 20 years: “I know he has been in some pretty hair situations and emergences to which I will never be able to relate. Those things come with the job he’s dedicated his life to. But like most first responders, he’s humble. So I think it’s up to us to find out who the people in our communities are who save lives — and let them know they are appreciated.”

On if his views of parenting have changed: “No … I don’t have a negative view towards parenting, so it doesn’t change it. If anything, I’ve grown to enjoy being around children more and more. I’ve always enjoyed it, but it used to be only maybe in like a performance aspect…And it’s cool because how much kids want to learn and how excited they are to learn about the questions that they have, no matter how ridiculous … I just …I don’t know if I could do it. Or I’m not sure I can do it full-time right now.”

On his future with WWE: “As a 42-year-old, going to be 43 in April … I already know that I’m a little lighter, I’m a little slower, I’m not as strong, so all of the physical signs are like, ‘I’m here, I’m here, I’m here.’ … I can lie to myself and say those things aren’t happening. They are. And either I accommodate my performance, or just say, ‘hey it’s time to do something different.’ I don’t ever want to use the word retire. WWE is my family, they’ll always be my family and none of any of this exists without them, and I will never forget that.”

For more from John Cena, visit for his cover story and digital featurette.

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