Tom Hanks is giving his thoughts on nepotism in Hollywood, following the ongoing debate around children of celebrities— also known as "nepo babies."
In a video interview with Reuters, Hanks spoke of his four children, all of whom he says are “very creative” and "involved in some brand of storytelling."
“Look, this is a family business," he said. "This is what we’ve been doing forever. It’s what all of our kids grew up in. If we were a plumbing supply business or if we ran the florist shop down the street, the whole family would be putting in time at some point, even if it was just inventory at the end of the year.”
Hanks said that regardless of someone's name, what carries them is the quality of the content they produce, and how hard they work in making it.
“The thing that doesn’t change no matter what happens, no matter what your last name is, is whether it works or not,” Hanks continued. “That’s the issue anytime any of us go off and try to tell a fresh story or create something that has a beginning and a middle and an end. Doesn’t matter what our last names are. We have to do the work in order to make that a true and authentic experience for the audience.”
“That’s a much bigger task than worrying about whether anybody’s going to try to scathe us or not," he added.
Several other celebrities have spoken out since last month's issue of New Yorker magazine featured a list of several "nepo babies" working in Hollywood. Jamie Lee Curtis slammed the list as "designed to to try to diminish and denigrate and hurt," whereas Allison Williams, actor in Girls, M3GAN and Get Out, said in a Vulture interview that the list does not diminish her work, but simply “means that it’s not as fun to root for me.”
“All that people are looking for is an acknowledgment that it’s not a level playing field. It’s just unfair. Period, end of the story, and no one’s really working that hard to make it fair,” Williams said. “To not acknowledge that me getting started as an actress versus someone with zero connections isn’t the same — it’s ludicrous."
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