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Despite the fact that Scott Eastwood’s star is on the rise in the hills of Hollywood, his heart is really on the beach. “I grew up on the California coast and in Hawaii, so I have that aloha spirit,” he says. “I grew up in the ocean, pretty much. That’s what makes me who I am.” The 26-year-old star of Texas Chainsaw 3D (and son of Clint, with whom he worked on Gran Torino, Invictus and Trouble with the Curve) tells us about his other passions and mixing family and business.

On his side gig:
“I own the Saddle Bar in San Diego. It’s all rock ’n’ roll, live music and booze.”

On what he wanted to be when he grew up:
“There was no other option for me besides acting. Growing up, I knew I had to do this. I knew I could never do a 9-to-5.”

On working with his dad:
“He’s been making movies with the same crew for more than 30 years, so it’s like a reunion every time we get together. Working with my dad, there’s probably a bit of weirdness because, at the core, he’s my father. But I have to put that aside and do the work.”

On shooting his first horror film:
“When they called me in, I didn’t want to do it. I’ve never been a horror fan — the blood and guts and creepy, abandoned buildings. But the script was amazing. It had a story!”

On chasing The Perfect Wave:
“I’m in South Africa shooting a movie about surfing, and it’s the perfect thing for me because I’m a real surfer. My whole life is based around chasing waves.”