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Kathy Ehrich Dowd
March 20, 2014 05:30 PM

Scott Eastwood (and his abs) earned immediate sex symbol status following his hunky photo shoot in Town & Country last fall.

However, Eastwood immediately played down his mega-hunk status to focus on his acting career. Six months later, it seems little has changed, as the thespian – who can next be seen in Fury alongside Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf – remains decidedly humble about his good looks and newfound fame.

“My life doesn’t change. I still have to go out and work hard every day, and do the best that I can do,” he told PEOPLE Wednesday at the Sabatoge premiere in Los Angeles. “I’m a third generation Californian, and there’s a lot of talented, good-looking guys in California, so I’m just happy to be working, and lucky to be working.”

Yet he has one key thing his fellow California hunks don’t share: the ability to call the legendary Clint Eastwood dad.

The father-son duo share a passion for acting, and more than a passing resemblance to one another – a fact the younger Eastwood embarrassingly laughs off when asked whether it’s ever been an impediment to share his Oscar-winning father’s good genes.

“I don’t think that you can look at it like that,” says Scott, who has been romantically linked to country singer Jana Kramer. “I’ve had a lot of great opportunities that most people dream about, so no, I’m just grateful to have the opportunities that I’ve had.”

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In the recent past, he also hasn’t been shy about praising his actor/director dad, both for his career and the life lessons he’s taught him.

“My father taught me not to overthink things,” he told Town & Country in February for their top 50 bachelors issue. “That nothing will ever be perfect, so just keep moving and do your best.”


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