Tom Hanks recently brushed off the current nepotism controversy while talking to The Sun about his family of actors. Hanks is married to actor Rita Wilson, and they have two children: rapper and actor Chet Hanks and Truman Hanks, who pops up in Tom’s new movie “A Man Called Auto.” Hanks’ son from a previous marriage is Colin Hanks, whose most recent credits include “The Offer” and “A Friend of the Family.”
“Look, this is a family business,” Hanks said in the interview. “We’ve been doing this forever. All our children grew up here. If we were a plumbing supply business or if we ran a flower shop down the street, the whole family would spend some time, even if it was just inventory at the end of the year.”
“The one thing that doesn’t change is no matter what happens, no matter what your last name is, whether it works or not,” Hanks continued. “That’s the problem whenever any of us go off and try to tell a new story or create something that has a beginning and a middle and an end. It doesn’t matter what our last name is. We have to do the work to make it a true and authentic experience for the audience.”
Nepotism and “Nepo Babies,” a term to describe the children of famous parents, have been all the rage of late due to a New York magazine cover story analyzing the current rise of actors with industrial parents. Goldie Hawn’s daughter Kate Hudson also dismissed the term.
“The nepotism thing, I mean… I don’t really care,” Hudson told The Independent. “I look at my kids and we are a storytelling family. It’s definitely in our blood. People can say what they want, but that’s not going to change.”
“I actually think there are other industries where it is [more common]”Hudson continued. “Maybe modeling? I look more business-like than I do in Hollywood. Sometimes I’ve been in business meetings where I’m like, ‘Wait, whose child is this? Like, this person knows nothing!’ I don’t care where you’re from or what your relationship with the business is – if you work hard and you kill it, it doesn’t matter.”
Watch Hanks’ full interview with The Sun in the video below. “A Man Called Auto” is now in theaters.