I made the choice to be proud of my heritage
After appearing alongside his dad in the 1983 film Max Dugan Returns, he was quick to secure roles on his own merit, including cult vampire film The Lost Boys in 1987. He is now starring in the hit TV series Designated Survivor.
Tom Hanks’ elder sons have taken very different directions. While Chet has struggled with addiction, Colin is a talented actor who has spoken of the challenges of people’s expectations of famous offspring.
“I think, more than anything else, people have a lot of expectations of what you’re like or what your life is like or what your work ethic is like,” Colin told the UK’s Metro.
“I think it’s just always going to be the thing people want to discuss.”
No one has felt the weight of expectations from a celebrity parent quite like Liza Minnelli. The singer-actor described mother Judy Garland’s reaction to her talents being noticed as that of a lioness, but she tells The New York Times that she’s never known differently and is genuinely grateful for having grown up around her mother’s talented circle.
“It’s your life, and there aren’t any comparatives,” Minnelli says.
“I mean, how do you ask a princess what it’s like to be a princess — she doesn’t know, it’s the only thing she’s ever been. You do have a choice, though, and I made the choice to be proud of my heritage, instead of rebellious.”