In our November 2014 issue, actor Scott Eastwood showed off his chiseled jawline and gunslinger squint and discussed his upcoming films with InStyle's features and news director, Joshua David Stein. The following is an excerpt from his Man of Style feature.
Scott Eastwood, the next great American heartthrob, slept through the breakfast buffet at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Elkin, N.C., but he's not complaining. Eastwood, the 28-year-old son of actor-director Clint, doesn't believe in complaining. "In this business you're lucky to be doing what you're doing," he says from behind a pair of aviators, still managing to turn heads even in gray track pants and a white T-shirt. "To take that for granted pisses me off." His most recent stroke of luck? Riding a bull into the wee hours of the morning for the upcoming film The Longest Ride, based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks (of The Notebook fame).
Eastwood gives the impression of someone who is young and hungry—and that's not just because he slept through the pancakes. In the past decade the California native has graduated from appearing in cameos in his father's films to carrying more substantial roles on his own well-defined shoulders. In addition to his part as a smoldering rodeo rider, Eastwood plays a hardworking sergeant in Fury, this fall's highly anticipated World War II action drama starring Brad Pitt. And along with helming his own film projects, including a Western called Diablo, he's the face (and body) of Boss men's fall 2014 campaign. "I never understood actors who could just wait around," he says, cadging a drag of a cigarette from his girlfriend, model Brittany Brousseau. "I'm going to succeed—and I'm going to make it happen on my own," he says, exhaling an Eastwoodian plume of smoke. In other words, he'll go ahead and make his own day.
I understand you had a bumpy night.
Yes, tomorrow is the last day of filming, so we were shooting a big scene. I play a professional bull rider. George Tillman Jr. is directing it, and he's trying to get away from the Nicholas Sparks formula by making the film more gritty.
So it's not all misty shots of attractive people gazing into each other's eyes?
Well, there is some of that.
That must have been quite a different experience from the battle scenes in Fury, which sounds like the antithesis of a Sparks adaptation.
That was a tough shoot. It was cold and wet, day in, day out, and 15-hour days—but it was rewarding. David Ayer is one of the best directors I've ever worked with. He's a true man's man.
You've used that term before in previous interviews. What does it mean to you?
Someone who doesn't complain, who is there to do the work. Ayer didn't treat anyone, including Pitt, any differently. He doesn't have time for whiners or prima donnas.
Is that a bugbear for you?
Yes. There are so many people who don't have the opportunity to make movies and get paid to do it—you're a diva if you don't realize what you have. You could be digging ditches—or swimming pools, like my dad did in the 1950s, before he made it.
How long have you been acting?
Since I was 16. I grew up on movie sets, getting to see storytelling happen up close. I fell in love with the magic of movies—whether it was Star Wars or Hook or one of my dad's films, like Unforgiven.
Your father is one of America's most iconic and prolific leading men. What was the most important thing you learned from him about the business?
My dad never took himself too seriously. He always treated everyone with respect, and he made sure I was like that too. I show up, I hit my mark, and I say my lines. I always tell people, "I might not be the greatest actor, but I want to be the hardest-working one."
To read Scott Eastwood's full Man of Style feature and see more handsome photos of the star, pick up the November issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.