In the new Evening Standard Magazine, Hopper Penn, son of actor Sean Penn and “House Of Cards” star Robin Wright, opens up about his former “rebel” lifestyle.
From his parents’ traumatic divorce, kicking crystal meth, and now working with Brad Pitt, the 23-year-old actor dishes on it all.
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When it comes to his parents’ split, he reveals he just had enough. “Honestly? I was pretty mad because they had split up before and then got back together, and then they did it again. So it was like, ‘Pick which one you’re gonna do.’ I was young and thinking, Are you just f**king with me and my sister? I mean, it was not the best. It was kind of tough talking to them because they were both pretty broken too, I think.”
After the divorce, Penn fell into what he describes as “the wrong crowd” that progressed from being a “pothead” to taking crystal meth. “I was pretty bad,” he admits.
“I was doing a lot of stuff, but meth was the main one that brought me down. I went to rehab because I woke up in a hospital and my dad was like, ‘Rehab? Or bus bench?’ I was like, ‘I’ll take the bed.’ Thank God I got out of that because that was the worst time in my life. Because it’s not fun when it gets to a point where you just need it.”
Despite the rebel lifestyle Penn used to live, he didn’t want to be a part of the “Hollywood brat” stereotype. “Some of the kids that grow up in Los Angeles with that life, they have this impression of themselves, like they’re more important than other people,” he says.
“But they’re not real to me… I don’t feel like I have a Hollywood family, really. I feel pretty normal.”
Even after shaking the stereotype, Penn is about to break out into film, co-starring with Brad Pitt in his new war film, “War Machine” which will be released by Netflix later this year.
Pitt, he says, became super helpful over the corse of filming, “I was really nervous one day, because I had my first line, and he just cam over and was like, ‘Calm down: you got this.’ That was cool.”
The new issue of ES Magazine hits newsstands Thursday.