Chet Hanks says he didn’t have a ‘strong male role model’

The term “America’s Dad” is often applied to beloved actor Tom Hanks, but according to one of his real-life descendants – “White Boy Summer” developer and noted anti-vaxxer Chet Hanks – growing up with the Oscar-winning actor for a father wasn’t as big as you might expect. In a new YouTube video, young Hanks revealed he didn’t feel like he had a “strong male role model” growing up.

Hanks said growing up as the child of celebrities was difficult for him (his mother is actress Rita Wilson). “My experience was further complicated because on top of the already toxic fame, I wasn’t even famous,” he said in the video titled “The Truth About Growing Up Like a Hanks.” “You know, I was just somebody famous’s son, so I hadn’t even done anything to deserve any kind of recognition and that created a lot of contempt, a lot of contempt for me.”

He felt that his peers were jealous of him and unfairly targeted him. He said he “was a decent-looking kid, you know, I was athletic, I was good with girls” and noted that the “celebrity aspect” made people “jealous of me and they projected their own insecurities onto me”. Apparently he could have used a little more support from the toy story actor to deal with all of this.

“I needed to hear that when I was a kid,” he said. “I didn’t have a strong male role model to tell me that, to tell me, ‘Hey, man, fuck these people. They’re just jealous of you. You have all these things they want, so they try to shadow you so that you feel bad about yourself because they are jealous.

In the end, however, he insisted he loved his parents and “wouldn’t want any other parents.” Of course, growing up with wealthy celebrities has its perks.

“I’ve been able to travel the world, stay in beautiful hotels, fly in private planes and I’m very lucky for that,” he said. “I wouldn’t change my situation.”

Rebecca R. Santistevan