Chet Hanks Says It Could Be “Pretty Weird” Being Tom Hanks’ Son
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Chet Hanks is about to tell “the whole truth” about his life in Hollywood, and he started by revealing how “weird” it was growing up as a tom hank and Rita Wilson’s son.
In a video recently uploaded to his YouTube account (below), the Empire The actor answered the question President George Bush once asked him when he visited the White House at age 14 with his parents: What is it like growing up as the son of parents? famous? Although he acknowledges that his life is “blessed” and that he loves his parents, it can be “pretty weird” and his privilege has often been a “double-edged sword”. If many are quick to criticize him because of his career, they do not realize that “it’s much more complicated”.
“You must bear in mind that fame is the strongest drug known to man. It can also be the most destructive. People are celebrity-loving: they put famous people on a pedestal.
He observed that people have a certain obsession when it comes to fame and it ends up creating a lot of “jealousy” and “envy”.
“My experience was further complicated because on top of the already toxic fame, I wasn’t even famous. I was just the son of someone famous so I hadn’t even done anything to deserve any recognition and it created a lot of contempt.
He admitted that while everyone loved his father, his wealthy upbringing often created a preconception that he was a “really arrogant, entitled, spoiled kid”. He had to don a “tough exterior” as it was extremely difficult to overcome the existing perception people had of him before they even knew him. Thus, he ended up facing a lot of “contempt”, animosity and “negativity”.
But contrary to what people thought of him, Hanks defended that he was never spoiled by his parents.
“I only ever received money or an allowance. I had to work and earn everything I earned, and it’s been that way all my life.
He admitted that in the past what other people thought of him bothered him and even set him on a “self-defeating” path of “seeking pleasure through partying, drugs, alcohol, substances, everything”. His negative image in people’s eyes made him “ashamed” of his upbringing and soon his anger became a “mask” to hide how “worthless” it made him feel.
It took him a long time to realize that people’s perception of someone is “just a reflection of themselves” and it eventually drove him to change the way he lives his life. We can expect more such videos of Chet Hanks in the future as the 31-year-old has promised he’s not done sharing the “truth” about his life.