Following in the footsteps of a famous father, especially one with as legendary of a Hollywood career as Clint Eastwood, can be daunting. And for Scott Eastwood, who is a spitting image of his father; with the same striking good looks and gunslinger eyes, that journey can be wrought with constant comparisons. However, make no mistake, Scott Eastwood is forging his own path in Hollywood. Talented, grounded and ready to tackle anything that comes his way, Scott has become a full-fledged movie star, with the intense presence and versatility of a solid performer. With several successful films already under his belt, Scott credits his father’s old school style of parenting – if you want something, go and get it yourself, no handouts – to his work ethic and his philosophy on fame and riches: they are a privilege, and not what defines him. It’s with that same spirit that Scott, who holds a deep belief in American greatness and exceptionalism, co-founded Made Here, a clothing line that is manufactured in America and supports and celebrates American workers.
Scott recently sat down with ROUTE to share on his unique upbringing, his new movie The Outpost, and so much more.
What was your childhood like?
I was born in California, [but] lived for about seven or eight years in Hawaii, which was pretty cool. I grew up fishing, doing a lot of diving, a lot of surfing, a lot of ocean activities. I had a pretty simple childhood to be honest. I lived with my mom for the first half and we lived between California and Hawaii. When I was young, we spent a lot of time in rural California, like up at my dad’s ranch in Northern California, riding horses and fishing. Same in Hawaii. We had a bunch of acres. We lived on the Big Island of Hawaii, on thirty acres of ranchland [behind] Parker Ranch, which is one of the biggest ranches in Hawaii. Actually, I think one of the biggest ranches in the United States. It was known for Black Angus cattle.
Oh yeah, in Hawaii. Most people don’t know that. The Big Island of Hawaii is mostly ranchland. Obviously, there are beaches and stuff, but the majority of the island is very rural. It’s rolling grass hills and ranchland, and for a long time it was one of the biggest cattle ranches in the United States. Then I think it became too expensive to transport meat out of there. But, yeah, we backed up to Parker Ranch. We had cattle on our property all the time. But at the same time, you [could] drive thirty minutes, twenty minutes, down to the beach and be on the coast and be in what we all know as Hawaii. It’s like going back in Hawaii like a hundred years. You’d be four-wheeling down to remote beaches with nobody on them, having bonfires at night, cooking, camping on the beach in the back of a pick-up truck. Really, it’s still kind of the stuff I’m into. That’s where I’m most happy, I think, in the outdoors.
That was kind of how my childhood was, between there and California, and then I lived with my dad through high school. I moved back with my dad in California … I got into a little bit of trouble; every kid does. I sort of straightened out and then decided that I would go to college, but I’d also chase film and try to make a career and try to charge a career in making film.
As a child, did you find that having a famous father led you to be treated differently by your friends and teachers?
I never lived around a lot of famous people growing up because I went to school in Hawaii. Going to middle school in Hawaii was tough in its own regard because I was what’s called a haole, so I was the minority. There wasn’t really any noticing of being a famous person’s son. I was [just] trying to get through being a white boy in Hawaii.
I lived more of a normal childhood because my dad was pretty old school when I lived with him. There were no real handouts. It wasn’t like that. It was like, ‘Get a job. You want something, go out and get a job and make a career for yourself.’