Chet Hanks, the son of Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, has grappled with the issues of growing up with his “privileged” upbringing while admitting he was “blessed”.
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Chet Hanks has spoken out about his “privileged” upbringing, explaining that while there were “benefits” it meant he encountered “a lot of negativity” when he was younger.
The actor, 31, is the child of Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, both 65, who have been able to give him opportunities many others don’t, such as a private education.
He opened up about his experiences growing up in a video on his YouTube channel yesterday, in which he explained to viewers that it was “complicated” for him growing up.
The musician, who was born Chester Hanks, acknowledged there were “many benefits” because of his parents and commented that he was “very blessed”.
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However, Chet – whose acting credits include Empire and Shameless – said it was a “double-edged sword”, adding that fame can be “toxic” and “brings up a lot of jealousy”.
He said his experience was “even more complicated” because he wasn’t famous himself. He said: “My father is loved […] but it created a lot of contempt for me.”
The father-of-one said people assumed they were “really arrogant,” “entitled” and “a spoiled brat” – although he dismissed such descriptions, saying they had to “work” for money.
He said growing up, if he wanted to spend money on his friends, his father would make him wash his car — saying it would make him around $60.
Chet said that because of his father – who has won two Oscars – people have “preconceived notions” about him that are “almost impossible” to change.
He commented in the recent video, “I encountered a lot of contempt, a lot of hostility, a lot of negativity because everyone was just willing to hate me.”
As a result, they said they “developed a chip [his] Shoulder “and walked around” with a lot of anger, saying the experience made him create a “tough exterior”.
He said this was so people wouldn’t mess with him, saying: “People did a lot to me growing up. It was never my face, it was always behind my back.”
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Chet said he’s become “suspicious and defensive,” and that attitude has led him “down the wrong path” — because he feels he has “something to prove” to other people.
The actor, who starred alongside his father in the 2020 war film Greyhound, further commented, “It just put me down a path of self-destruction in my 20s.”
They said the “jealousy” and feelings of others made him “feel worthless,” and he explained that he’s since realized it was their own insecurities that were reflected on him.
“I believed them [though] and I internalized it. I felt worthless. I felt like I didn’t deserve to be in my position. I didn’t feel like I would ever achieve anything,” he said.
Chet said he was “insecure” because of his upbringing and the fact that he grew up “privileged” although he said he feels differently about himself now in his 30s.
“I am really happy and very blessed. I learned a lot about myself,” he commented, adding that he was “grateful” for having this experience growing up.
He said his life has “changed” and is no longer on a “self-destructive path” after he stopped dealing with “anger and resentment” in negative ways.
This previously included “pleasure seeking” through “parties, drugs, alcohol, [and] substances,” he said — but now he’s focused on being “the best” version of himself.
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