Don’t let his last name fool you.
Scott Eastwood, the unreasonably good-looking son of Clint Eastwood, is making a name in his own right. You may have seen his sultry Town & Country photo shoot, a collection of photographs that showcase his uncanny resemblance to his actor-director father and excess of abdominal muscles. Or perhaps you recognize him from Flags of Our Fathers, Gran Torino, or Invictus. While the 27-year-old Eastwood has been a working actor for the past decade, the public has only recently taken interest. Why? “Your guess is as good as mine,” the actor told The Daily Beast.
Eastwood is now in London shooting Fury, a blockbuster drama film starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and, Eastwood says, “a lot of other very talented actors.” The movie, set to be released in 2014, is written and directed by David Ayer, whose résumé boasts writing credits on Training Day and a director’s chair for End of Watch, and whom Eastwood calls “quite the talented director and film creator.” For his role as a “seasoned” infantry sergeant, Eastwood trains every morning, doing karate and other physical training. “But to me, that’s a normal day in my regular life,” he says. “At home I’m either boxing, doing jujitsu, or surfing. I like to stay in shape. It’s important in life. You only get one body.”
And his body is certainly something the public has taken notice of. When I mention an article headlined “23 Beautiful and Perfect Photos of Scott Eastwood,” the actor laughs. “Uhh...I wasn’t aware of that article,” he says. “But, uh, I’m flattered, I guess? I think everybody’s blind, but I’ll take it. There are a lot better-looking guys out there than me.”
With his pale blue eyes, toned physique, and boyish complexion, it’s easy to see what all the fuss is about, but Eastwood is trying to stay humble. “I’m just glad to be working, and I’m grateful to be employed,” he says. “And it’s Brad Pitt! It’s Brad Pitt!” he adds of his Fury costar. “I’ve admired him for as long as I can remember.”
Eastwood, whose mother is Jacelyn Reeves, has worked alongside his actor-director dad on several films. “He’s what everyone says,” Scott Eastwood says. “A living legend.” But while Eastwood calls collaborating with his father “one of the things I’m most proud of,” he realizes time isn’t necessarily on Clint Eastwood’s side. “My dad is 83, and unlike a lot of my friends whose parents are in their 60s, my dad is in his 80s. He’s not going to be around forever.” So following in his father’s footsteps and taking jobs where they can work side by side is even more important to the young actor, he says. But that doesn’t mean the pair agree on everything.
“I don’t really want to go down that road like my dad did with his politics,” he says. “But you never know, life is a crazy thing. It’s never over, it’s just a new chapter... You never know what you’re going to feel like in 20 years.”
Aside from acting, Eastwood enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, and surfing—the last a hobby he grew up perfecting in Hawaii and Southern California. “As a real surfer, you grow up watching all these Hollywood surf movies, and you know right away that the surfing isn’t [real].” So when Eastwood got the chance to star in two movies about surfers, he jumped at the chance. For The Perfect Wave, out later this year, “they traveled me around the world and I got to surf in Bali, South Africa, I got to surf all over,” he says. And for Dawn Patrol, another yet-to-be-released surfer film about two brothers, he also got to perform all his own surfing stunts.
After Fury, Eastwood has “a couple things in the works,” he says, including a film, Pono, directed by a close friend and set in Hawaii. “It hits close to home,” he says. And while his Town & Country photo shoot nearly broke the Internet, modeling is on the back burner: “Acting is my first priority.”
As for the question women (and many men) are dying to ask? His response may induce a few squeals: