Scott Eastwood may maintain that he’s not a “city guy,” but after hearing about the actor and celebrity offspring’s way of life, it’s unsurprising that he’s so fond of Tokyo, one of the most advanced international cities in energy-efficiency and energy-conservation measures. “I was shocked how culturally cool it was and how much respect and pride went into everything they did there,” says Eastwood, who recently traveled to the Japanese city on ANA Airlines to promote his next film, Pacific Rim: Uprising, which will be out in March. “Everything they do is so thoughtful, about the earth and just the culture. They don’t have trash cans; where do people put their trash? Oh, they take it with them. That is so cool.”
Eastwood, at first glance, seems to check the boxes of a typical Hollywood heartthrob, but instead seems to relish a way of life that is much simpler. Here, the son of legendary actor Clint Eastwood tells us about the importance of memories over mementos, keeping it simple, and the major benefit of not living in a mansion.
Architectural Digest: You’ll be flying back to Tokyo on ANA Airlines for Pacific Rim in March. Do you have any sort of rituals or routines when you fly?
Scott Eastwood: Stay warm, always, stay warm. Ha, ha!
AD: What do you bring with you when you travel?
SE: I’ve brought my own pillow before. I am big on my headphones. I put on my Bose headphones and I just tune the world out. Plug in a movie, plug in a podcast, a book on tape, even when I am walking through the airport. It also keeps my ears warm on those damn planes, right? I could sleep anywhere if my ears are warm, I could go to bed anywhere.
AD: When it comes to your own home, how would you describe your sense of style in terms of design?
SE: Beach bungalow. I don’t need a lot of space or a big house.
AD: Where do you think that comes from?
SE: I just like simple. A person told me one time that a bigger house, all that means is it just takes longer to walk to your kitchen. Ha, ha! So, I don’t know, “keep it simple, stupid.” Cool little beach bungalow.
AD: Have you ever worked with an interior designer or anything like that?
SE: Nope. No, I have just done it as I go.
AD: Do you pick up stuff along the way as you travel?
SE: Art. I pick up art along the way. I just was in Cuba last year, and I picked up a great piece for my house. It was a big, big piece. About the size of a wall. It’s a painting. So, they actually paint them on the street. They call it street art there. They paint with spatulas and stuff and they don’t have a ton of all the great brushes sometimes. They will use a spatula and they will put together these beautiful mosaics of sort of like old cars, with Old Havana in the background.
AD: Is there a favorite room you have in your house?
SE: Kitchen. Everybody congregates around a kitchen, in every house you go to. It doesn’t matter what you try to force people. Everyone wants to be in in the kitchen. It’s where the energy is happening.
AD: Do you have something that is particularly sentimental to you? An item that you really are attached to in your home?
SE: No. I am not really attached to personal possessions or things, much more memories and time. Time that I get to spend with my friends, my personal time. I cherish and I value my time so I am sparing with it when I give it out to other people and to work and things, right?
AD: If you’re really big on memories, do you have a lot of photos around?
SE: I have photos, yeah. I have a ton of photos, some Polaroids. I wish I had more, but we have some.
AD: Is there anything that you have ever taken from set that you now have in your house?
SE: Yes. I am not going to say, because I will probably get in trouble. People will have to wonder. I have some pretty cool memorabilia. I believe I have all of the original scripts from movies I have done. I have multiple pieces of wardrobe, and I have some props. I have a bunch of the back plates to a lot of the chairs. I keep them in my office.
AD: You do get to be on set a lot. Do you bring any of the comforts of home to set with you or when you travel—aside from your headphones, something you like to bring that reminds you of home?
SE: No. People. I bring good people with me when I travel. I try to bring good people.
AD: I feel like a lot of people are more concerned about the outdoor space than they are about the indoor space when they live in California.
SE: Yeah. It’s very big, especially in California where you get a lot of outdoor days, right? You eat dinner, even in the winter, almost every night outside. So it’s important. I have a very cool covered outdoor space with an outdoor fireplace. It’s a bitchin’ little area.