Steel blue eyes, sensual deep voice, perfect abs – Scott Eastwood is considered one of the most coveted singles in Hollywood. During his promotional tour of his new movie “Overdrive,” a fast-paced action movie in which he plays a sexy car thief, we met the actor for an interview in Berlin. His style is free of starry airs and realistic like his outfit. In our interview, you can find out why the American with robust sex appeal loves strong women and what it was like growing up as the son of a Hollywood legend.
The similarity between you and your father is obvious. Does that surprise you sometimes?
Yeah, sometimes it’s really scary how similar you look to us. There is a photo of my father at the age of twelve by the sea in Santa Monica with my grandparents. If I put pictures of myself next to me at the same age, you can’t tell who is who.
Have you also adopted some of your father’s character traits?
We are very similar. The way he raised me made me the man I am today. But my mother also had a great influence on me. He worked as a flight attendant for 20 years and then he raised us. She was very selfless, generous, and raised me to be an honest person.
What quality do you value most in your father?
Hard work was always valued in my family and I really appreciated it. My father grew up in the great depression. He saw my grandfather work hard and move around town just to get a job. It really affected his life and his appreciation for money and hard work. Also, we value the luck of being able to make movies in our family.
Isn’t he pressuring you to be Clint Eastwood’s son?
I never really thought about that. I was inspired by him. Inspire to make movies and tell stories. My father was always my hero.
When did you decide to become an actor?
When I saw “Merciless” (editor’s note, A Late West from 1992, directed by Clint Eastwood). This is the first movie that inspired me. Then I was ten years old.
Do you think it benefited you to be able to make your first movies with him?
I am very grateful to have allowed myself to be a part of your films. Not only because they are much more complex than an action movie or a comedy. “Flags of Our Fathers“ or “Invictus“ they were very important for the history of cinema. I fight really hard to be in movies like this.
As a handsome actor, landing a serious character role is definitely not easy. Perhaps it should play a less adorable role that avoids external beauty. Like Charlize Theron in “Monster.”
Absolutely. I would be very happy if I had the opportunity to play a character role. I love stories that challenge me. I’ve had tons of auditions and I’m really fighting for serious character roles.
Can you imagine also making your own movies?
If I can find the right material, definitely. I would like to do something meaningful. Something that influences and inspires people, makes them laugh or cry.
The action movie “Overdrive”, in which you play the title role, will be released in German cinemas on June 29, 2017. Did you actually do your own fast-paced stunts?
Yes, I did most of the stunts myself because I find them much more authentic. And I had a lot of fun doing it.
Who is your role model?
My dad Tom Cruise actually all these athletic bucks who like to pull off their own stunts and do their thing.
“Overdrive” is your second car action movie after “Fast & Furious 8”. Would you consider yourself a car fanatic?
Yes, I am crazy about classic cars. Especially after all the Ford and Ferrari models of the 1960s.
Do you have a classic car?
I have a Cadillac 62. But I would love to have a sexy early sixties Ferrari or AC Cobra.
What particularly attracted you to the roles?
I really wanted to make these movies for cars! About “Fast and Furious”, which we shot before “Overdrive”, by the way, I was particularly fascinated by the lightness of the film. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and offers good entertainment, fast paced popcorn movies. I like that. What attracted me to “The Fast and the Furious 8” was the character of my role. Paul Walker was a close friend before me. I wanted to do it for him too.
Are you really a good driver?
I drive like a grandmother, very slowly. I don’t want to hurt anyone (laughs). Driving like in the movie was like living a fantasy for me.
The female characters in “Overdrive” were quite strong. What do you think of those “powerful women”?
I love strong women. There is nothing sexier than a strong woman! Even in the film sector, take a look at Wonderwoman. I think it’s great that women, in the world we live in, have the freedom to do whatever they want: a career, starting a family, or both.
Thank you very much for your time and the interview, Scott!
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