COVER STORY: FRANCESCA EASTWOOD – HOLLYWOOD’S NEXT GENERATION STEPS OUT ON HER OWN

All I see coming towards me are the clearest blue eyes I have ever seen, draped by a tousle of silver blonde locks. They are the bright and warm eyes of Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Hollywood royalty, actor/director Clint Eastwood and legendary actress Frances Fisher. She is a dead ringer for her mother, uncanny in fact. A striking bundle of fierce light who is coming into her own and making her way into our hearts on the E! hit series Mrs. Eastwood & Company. On a perfect sun-cloaked California day, Eastwood arrives at 5th and Sunset Studios, in great spirits and ready it seems for a glammed up day of fashion and a bit of fun. She is the perfect canvas, like a clear porcelain vase ready to be painted. But this is no novice, having been featured in gallery shows, not least of which is the result of a striking look and infectious demeanor that makes you not want to look away in case you miss something. And where many would throw around a last name like Eastwood any and everywhere they could, Francesca wears it with the humility and grace of someone well beyond her years. It is something you make note of almost immediately; this mix of youthful energy and abandon while an older, wiser soul seems to lurk within. What makes those wheels turn is what I am interested in unearthing as we sit down to talk life, love, family and a career that is heating up.

FRANCESCA EASTWOOD OPENS UP ABOUT LIFE AND THAT FAMOUS LAST NAME

A DAY IN THE LIFE …

9AM: On a perfect day…I am still sleeping.

NOON: Interview or meeting.

3PM: Running errands. I am most productive at this hour.

6PM: Cooking dinner or at the in-n-out drive thru.

9PM: In hair and makeup

MIDNIGHT: A photo shoot with my boyfriend, Tyler Shields.

MRS.EASTWOOD AND COMPANY STAR GETS REAL

THE EASTWOOD FILES

STATUS: Happily in love with Tyler Shields

SWEET HOME CARMEL: Carmel is gorgeous. It’s so peaceful and beautiful. It’s my safe haven. My family’s house is in a forest by the beach. Whenever I’m not working or going to school in LA, I am in Carmel.

DESIGNER MUST-LIST: Miu Miu, Tom Ford, Rag & Bone, YSL

I LOVE MY… WHOLE closet.

LAST FASHION SPLURGE: Black Celine bag.

CLOSET FAITHFULS: J brand skinny jeans, black Tehema cashmere sweater. Flats from Zara.

BEAUTY CHEAT SHEET: Bobbi brown foundation stick. Carry it in your purse, it saves me!

BEST HAUNTS: Chateau Marmont, my apartment, Tehema in Carmel.

BEACH BUNNY OR SKI GETAWAY: BOTH. Ski getaway with my family and beach with my friends.

QUIRKS/ PHOBIAS: I am a neat freak.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Sprinkles

LAST TWEET: “I just cried at the end of Paul… yes the movie with the little
alien.”

BEST BAND: The Kills

FAVORITE CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIE: Breezy

I SECRETLY WISH I COULD… Dance. I’m talking waltz, salsa, tango.

DREAM DINNER GUEST: Arianna Huffington

STUCK ON A DESERT ISLAND, I’D TAKE…An underwater camera, my boyfriend, a ball-gown.

TREASURED POSSESSION: My giant purple crystal quartz

BIGGEST INFLUENCE: My long term goals in life.

BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU EVER GOT: “Don’t lie to yourself if you know you will
not be happy doing this.” I made huge changes after this and am so happy
now.

ON A SATURDAY NIGHT I’D FIND YOU… Relaxing at home. Saturdays and Fridays I don’t leave the house!

HERO: Patrick McCarthy

WHEN I WAS 13 AND 14 AND PLAYED SOFTBALL, I WOULD GET SHY WHEN MY DAD SHOWED UP TO MY GAMES. BUT I QUICKLY GOT OVER IT.

HYDROGEN MAGAZINE: Let’s start at the beginning. Where did you grow up and what were some of your most memorable experiences?

FRANCESCA EASTWOOD: I grew up in Los Angeles with my mother and in Carmel with my father. I went back and forth a lot. I spent a lot of time with adults and it’s made me able to handle myself well now that I work with mostly adults.

HM: When did you first consciously realize that you were different from the kids around you in the sense that your last name meant something pretty special?

FE: Since I can remember I have noticed that other people treat my parents differently. When I was 11, I realized that people where much nicer to me when my parents were around. All of a sudden people I had never spoken to wanted to be my best friend.

HM: Both of your parents, Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher are famous actors and
your father also a director. Did you ever feel like you just wanted to be like the rest of your friends whose parents were doctors or lawyers perhaps, or did you take it in stride as, “Well, this is who I am?”

FE: I went through a short period of being embarrassed. When I was 13 and 14 and
played softball, I would get shy when my dad showed up to my games. But I quickly got over it. Now I realize how lucky I was to have parents that would come and support me like that. I love my parents and I admire them. Mostly I’ve been like, “Well, this is who they are.”

HM: Because of your background, was it almost a given that you would end up working
in the entertainment industry, having been around it all of your life?

FE: I think so. Everyone thought I would be acting by now. But when I was 11, I decided I didn’t want to be an actress. I can’t handle the lifestyle – constantly waiting for your next job and auditioning. I don’t have the skin for that. I’ll act if the right part comes my way but it will be a little piece of my career.

THE SPLITTING IMAGE OF MOTHER FRANCES FISHER, FRANCESCA EASTWOOD IS A UNIQUE BEAUTY

HM: You acted with both of your parents in The Stars Fell on Henrietta and with your father in True Crime. You were quite a bit younger, but what do you remember from those experiences?

FE: I started crying on the set of True Crime because I saw my stunt double rehearsing a scene. I thought she had taken my part.

HM: I look at you and I immediately see your mother, Frances Fisher. What are some of the words of wisdom she has given you as you carve your own path in an industry that can be unforgiving?

FE: So many words! She always tells me to love myself and have integrity in what I do.

HM: Mrs. Eastwood and Company is a big hit on E!. What was your first reaction to the idea of the show in the first place? Were you game for the start?

FE: I thought it was weird! I never thought I would do a reality show. But my step mom wanted to do it for her vocal band. And I said I would be involved a little. I ended up having so much fun! Now I am addicted.

HM: Are you surprised by the success of the show and how the audience has really taken to your family?

FE: I’m really happy about it. It’s a dream job and I hope that people are entertained and happy at the end of the show.

HM: You seem to have a very close relationship with Dina, your step-mom which is not always an easy thing in a blended family. How would you describe her and your bond?

FE: We have a mother/friend relationship. Now that I am older and she doesn’t have to “parent” me so much, it’s evolving into a great friendship. I love her. She is an amazing person.

HM: You seem to be thick as thieves when it comes to your younger sister Morgan. Your dynamic translates as genuine, sweet and a fun, girly relationship. Tell me about her.

FE: She’s the cutest! She’s so funny and really insightful! It’s dangerous…I think the whole world will fall in love with her.

HM: What did you think when you knew Dina was bringing this group of guys, The Overtones from South Africa to basically live with you guys? Did you ever worry about it shifting the family dynamic or were you on board from the start?

FE: Overtone and I have had a strange relationship. At first I thought they were cute but didn’t really take it seriously. Then it got to a point where I was so sick of hearing about them and having them around I started to hate them. Now we are all on good terms. We went through a lot together while we were shooting.

PRETTY WOMAN: FRANCESCA EASTWOOD

HM: We get to know you on the show and your love of photography and fashion. Tell me about that.

FE: I studied film photography in school and it’s a great hobby of mine. Now that I am dating Tyler, I am more involved in modern photography. I love fashion. It’s my favorite kind of art.

HM: You were the muse in your boyfriend’s first gallery showing in London. Did you feel enormous pressure being in most, if not all of the pictures?

FE: Yes, there was definitely pressure. But all the photos sold out so I got really
confident after that:)

HM: Does being in the public eye make you conscious of looking a certain way, having
to look perfect just to walk down to the grocery store or are you oblivious to all that?

FE: Haha…not at all! I am always in my sweatpants. My friends will see a picture of me at the store and call me and be like, “Can you stop wearing green flip flops and sweats already?!” I actually think I should care a little more.

HM: Was there any part of your life that you considered off limits for the show?

FE: No.

HM: What’s an off day like for you, away from the cameras when you have time to
just do your thing?

FE: Lately when I am not shooting the show, I have been doing press for the show. It’s been a busy couple of months!

HM: We get to know you on the show and your love of photography and fashion. Tell me about that.

FE: I studied film photography in school and it’s a great hobby of mine. Now that I am dating Tyler, I am more involved in modern photography. I love fashion. It’s my favorite kind of art.

HM: You were the muse in your boyfriend’s first gallery showing in London. Did you feel enormous pressure being in most, if not all of the pictures?

FE: Yes, there was definitely pressure. But all the photos sold out so I got really confident after that:)

HM: Does being in the public eye make you conscious of looking a certain way, having to look perfect just to walk down to the grocery store or are you oblivious to all that?

FE: Haha…not at all! I am always in my sweatpants. My friends will see a picture of me at the store and call me and be like, “Can you stop wearing green flip flops and sweats already?!” I actually think I should care a little more.

HM: Was there any part of your life that you considered off limits for the show?

FE: No.

HM: What’s an off day like for you, away from the cameras when you have time to just do your thing?

FE: Lately when I am not shooting the show, I have been doing press for the show. It’s been a busy couple of months!