Tom Hanks’ son Chet claimed he didn’t have a “strong male role model” as a teenager while coping with the pressures of celebrity parents.
Although Chet, 31, assured the public that “I love my parents” and “wouldn’t want any other parents,” he acknowledged that the famous family is a “double-edged sword.”
He said that many people “scorned” him as a movie star child, and in trying to navigate “shit” and “shit riders”, he lacked a “strong male role model”. who could tell him, “Hey bro, fuck these people. They’re just jealous of you.”
In retrospect: Tom Hanks’ son Chet claimed he didn’t have a “strong male role model” as a teenager while coping with the pressures of celebrity parents.
He shared that “my experience was even more challenging because, on top of the fact that fame was already toxic, I wasn’t even famous. You know, I was just the son of someone famous, so I didn’t even do anything to deserve any recognition, and that caused me a lot of contempt, a lot of contempt for me.”
Chet shared that while his father was “on that pedestal,” he himself was “considered” to be “a really arrogant, titled spoiled brat, when I really wasn’t.”
During my high school and student years, “people made up their minds about me even before they had a chance to know me and it was extremely difficult to break down their walls, so I faced a lot of neglect, a lot of hostility, a lot of negativity because everyone was ready to hate me to the core.”
As a result, he ended up with a “chip on his shoulder” and developed a “tough exterior” due to the “anger” he harbored.
Family time: Chet, 31, assured the public that “I love my parents” and “wouldn’t want any other parents”; Chet and Tom pictured at Madison Square Garden in 2015.
He recalled that “People fucked me a lot when I was growing up. It was never in my face. It was always behind my back, in the form of gossip and shit.”
At the time, he also fielded “fucking riders” who “didn’t give a damn about me” but were “just infatuated with the idea of hanging out with fucking Tom”. Son of Hanks.
The experience made him “distrustful” and “protective” and “led me down the wrong path because I felt like I had something to prove.” I felt like I had to be such a bad bastard so people wouldn’t fuck with me and I’d rather scare other people than let people try to scare me.”
While this tactic “worked for a while,” he was put “on a path of self-destruction in his 20s,” but now, at 31, “I really have nothing more to prove.”
Retrospective advantage: He didn’t realize at the time that “the reason I was dealing with all this hostility” was partly because “people were jealous”.
What he failed to understand at the time was that “the reason I faced all this hostility” was partly because “people were jealous”.
Chet said that in addition to having a world-famous father, he wasn’t “a timid, you know, kid who just wanted to blend in with the rest and stay out of the limelight, then I wouldn’t be a factor.” People would say, “Oh, Chet Hanks? Tom Hanks baby? Yeah, whatever, he’s cool, like yeah, he’s a cool guy, whatever.”
However, he “was a decent kid, you know, I was athletic, I was good with girls” and this combined with the “fame aspect” made people “envy me and they projected their insecurities onto me”.
Chet stated, “I needed to hear that as a kid. I didn’t have a strong male role model to tell me that, to tell me, “Hey bro, fuck these people. They are just jealous of you. You have all these things that they want, so they try to cast their shadow on you so you can feel dirty because they are jealous.”
Talk about it: Chet Hanks acknowledged all sorts of perks that came with star status as he bragged about being “blessed” to travel the world and stay in luxury digs thanks to his parents’ career.
During the same video, he acknowledged all sorts of perks that came with being a star, as he boasted about being “lucky” to travel the world and stay in a luxury dig thanks to his parents’ career.
Chet, 31, has taken to YouTube with a new video in which he praises his mom and dad for raising him, talking about some of the “benefits” he got from being the son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
“The benefits are many, but sometimes they can be quite strange,” he said. “I have to do a lot of cool shit that a lot of people don’t have the opportunity to do.
“I have to travel the world, stay in good hotels, fly private jets, and I am very happy for that. I wouldn’t change my position.”
Proud parents: Chet is the son of Hollywood icons Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who also have a son named Truman. Tom has a son, Colin, and a daughter, Elizabeth, with ex-wife Samantha Lewis; seen in 2020
“The benefits are many, but sometimes they can be quite strange,” he said. “I have to do a lot of cool shit that a lot of people don’t have the opportunity to do”