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by angelin yeoh AND kenneth chaw
While dad Arnold Schwarzenegger may be a top action star, son Patrick just wants to be ‘positive Patrick’.
These young Hollywood stars are stepping out of their famous parents’ shadow.
SOME of Hollywood’s emerging young stars have a leg-up in showbiz, thanks to mum and dad.
These budding actors are stepping into the spotlight with a famous last name. The second wave of Eastwoods, Smiths and Schwarzeneggers are making a name for themselves.
Can they live up to the expectations of their Hollywood pedigree?
THE eldest son of action star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver caught our attention when he (briefly) dated country superstar Taylor Swift. When he’s not canoodling with America’s sweetheart, 20-year-old Patrick is busy managing his company Project360. The charitable fashion company raises funds and organises donations for selected causes. The good-looking star is also signed to LA Models.
In an article by Interview magazine, Patrick said mom is a big influence on him.
“My mother’s nickname for me is ‘Positive Patrick’. I like to live up to that title.”
While dad is considered one of the top action stars in the world, Patrick is taking a different route acting-wise. He has appeared in comedies such as The Benchwarmers and Grown Ups 2.
Patrick tries his hand in drama next, starring in Dear Eleanor to be directed by Entourage star Kevin Connolly. The 2014 film also stars Jessica Alba and Isabelle Fuhrman.
HOW did the daughter of one the world’s best-selling artistes, Phil Collins, get the idea of dabbling in acting?
“I’ve always loved reading and whenever I would read, I would create a movie in my head. It was almost like telling myself the story and to be able to be someone that tells the story to other people ... that’s acting,” Lily told The Philippine Star.
The 24-year-old actress got her big break last year when a facial feature she once hated caught the attention of director Tarsem Singh. “I saw her eyebrows and I said ‘You’re it,’” he revealed in The Daily Mail UK on Lily’s first lead role as Snow White in Mirror Mirror.
From then on, the big roles just keep rolling in, taking the lead in the recent Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones and the upcoming, Love, Rosie.
“I’m drawn to roles that have real substance, that aren’t just the victim or the teenage girl or the girlfriend,” she shared with Teen Vogue.
So watch out Hollywood. The newly-minted Lancome global ambassador is poised to be more than just a pretty face.
THE handsome 27-year-old actor must be feeling lucky after photographs of his fashion spread in Town & Country magazine went viral on the Internet. Scott Eastwood posed shirtless in the photo spread and showed the world he is a spitting image of his dad in his younger days.
It seems that Scott has been slowly making headway in Hollywood with a trail set by dad. He has starred in a few of the movies directed by dad namely Flag Of Our Fathers, Invictus, Gran Torino and Trouble With The Curve.
This year, Scott is looking to break out on his own. He has starred in Texas Chainsaw 3D and the TV series Chicago Fire. Look out for Scott in war drama Fury alongside Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf next year.
On his Hollywood dreams, Scott told Town & Country that he wants to be a respectable leading man.
“I want to be a man’s man — not a kid actor or a glitzy pop star but a no-bulls**t leading man,” said Scott.
And he is taking a few pointers from dad.
“As a director and an actor, my dad’s motto is ‘tell the truth’. The only way of doing that is having life experiences and being a storyteller.”
THE teenage actor made his debut in The Pursuit Of Happyness where he acted opposite dad, Hollywood megastar Will Smith.
Jaden received positive reviews for his portrayal as the precocious young boy standing by his father as the latter struggles to make ends meet. He received the MTV Movie Award for Best Male Breakthrough performance in 2006.
Jaden also starred alongside Keanu Reeves in The Day The Earth Stood Still and was the lead in The Karate Kid with Jackie Chan. Both films were major box office success, earning US$230mil (RM736mil) and US$350mil (RM1.1bil) respectively.
However, Jaden’s last Hollywood outing with dad, After Earth, was a critical and commercial failure. Critics slammed Jaden’s performance in the summer film, saying he lacked Will’s big-screen charisma. Some even speculated that Jaden was only cast because of his dad.
At only 15, Jaden still has a long way to go to emulate his father’s success in Hollywood. Hopefully, he’d stay away from another script that has M. Night Shyamalan’s name on it.
However, Jaden is optimistic about doing another movie with dad.
“I definitely would do another one, absolutely. You know, how Johnny Depp and Tim Burton always do movies together, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio? We’ll have a relationship like that,” he told Vulture.
YES, the offspring of rocker Lenny Kravitz is in showbiz, too – and she’s fast becoming Hollywood’s next big thing. The 24-year-old up-and-coming actress gained prominence in 2011 when she scored the role of superhero Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class. Next year will be a big one for Zoe as she is cast in a supporting role in the highly-anticipated film adaptation of sci-fi novel Divergent. She will also appear in Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth instalment of the Mad Max franchise, with Tom Hardy.
Her rock star daddy commented on her skimpy outfits on X Men: First Class in Details: “I trust her judgment. She’s well equipped, and she needs to go out and do her own thing.”
With so many action flicks (and the possible donning of more skin tight outfits) in the line-up, the actress’ career trajectory kind of reminds us of another Zoe ...
THE problem with following in the footsteps of a famous parent is the accusation of nepotism.
Emma Roberts, daughter of actor Eric Roberts and niece of America’s sweetheart Julia Roberts, started acting when she was nine and has found considerable success. Now at just 22, Emma has acted alongside Hollywood heavyweights like Johnny Depp in Blow, James Franco in Palo Alto and Jennifer Aniston in We’re The Millers plus nabbing the lead role as Addie Singer in Nickelodeon’s children series Unfabulous.
But some wonder if her famous last name has anything to do with it.
“I think there are a lot of people out there who say the really low blow of ‘She’s just in the business because of her family.’ I do it because I love to do it. There have been a lot of parts I’ve been up for that I haven’t gotten,” Emma told Vanity Fair.
“People say, ‘Oh, do you feel like you’re living in Julia’s shadow?’ I don’t at all, because I’m not trying to be her. I’m just being myself and doing what I want to do ... I feel like I am making a name for myself.”
THE 21-year-old son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan made his big-screen debut in The Hunger Games where he played one of the tributes opposite Jennifer Lawrence. While Jack Quaid may not be back for the sequel, Catching Fire, his career is far from being dull.
This year, he announced plans to make an independent film Roadies. The actor is asking fans to help fund the flick through a crowdsourcing website. He is also collaborating with actress Eve Hewson on the project. Hewson is the daughter of U2 frontman Bono.
“We are the new generation of filmmakers. We are young. We are passionate. And we are ready to make a difference in the world of cinema,” he appealed to fans in an online message.
DID you know the popular sorority girl, Casey, on Greek is played by comedian Kelsey Grammer’s daughter?
Spencer Grammer starred as nerdy freshman Rusty’s cool sister who ignores him to maintain her reputation.
She revealed to USA Today that the comedy streak in her was a result of watching her father’s sitcoms. Spencer also shared that her acting chops were put to the test when she received news about her father’s heart attack while filming Greek.
“When you find out your dad had a heart attack and you have to be bubbly and happy (on camera), it’s hard. It’s tough. I think it ultimately has prepared me for pretty much anything,” Spencer said.
The show ended in 2011 but Spencer is not slowing down. The 29-year-old is cast as Holly, the sidekick to wheelchair-bound Detective Robert in the new TV series Ironside, the remake of the 1960s police series of the same name.
Spencer’s upcoming projects include roles on independent flicks Beyond Paradise, 2 Br/1 Ba and In Lieu Of Flowers.
SINCE the announcement that Dakota Johnson will be portraying Anastasia Steele in the highly-anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey, the 24-year-old has become the one to watch.
Her career is finally taking off after playing minor roles in The Social Network, The Five Year Engagement and joining the main cast of the shortlived comedy series, Ben And Kate.
Besides starring in Fifty Shades, Dakota will play the lead role in the contemporary remake of William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and the street-racing flick Need For Speed next year.
Despite a barrage of criticisms from fans of the best-selling erotic novel, Dakota’s mum Melanie Griffith tweeted how proud she was of her daughter: “My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades!!! Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama.”
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Dakota shared that her famous parents — father Don Johnson, stepfather Antonio Banderas and Griffith — haven’t given her any acting advice.
“No, but they do help me in normal life things,” she said, adding she has only taken a few random acting classes.
Well, what can we say? She’s a natural.
ENGLISH actor Max Irons is the son of Academy-award winner Jeremy Irons. The 27-year-old made his major film debut in Red Riding Hood in 2011 alongside Amanda Seyfried. The film was a critical dud and it seems that Max has knack for picking projects that critics love to hate.
He recently starred in The Host - another box office failure – alongside Saoirse Ronan. Max also played King Edward IV Of England in BBC One television series The White Queen. Critics hated it as well with The Daily Mail giving it “five stars of awfulness”. Ouch!
In an interview with Metro UK, Max said he was “not young or pretty enough” for major Hollywood franchise.
“I’d done a couple of Hollywood franchise films and I didn’t really want to do a third. But I went for the audition anyway. And that was the feedback: ‘Not young and pretty’. I thought: ‘Great, now the really interesting roles will come my way’.”
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