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"He just said, 'Whatever you do, do it well. Be humble, work hard and be a man,' " the Longest Ride star says

By Jacqueline Andriakos
Updated March 19, 2015 07:50 AM
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Scott Eastwood is well aware of the legacy tied to his last name.

The 28-year-old son of actor-director Clint Eastwood, 84, opened up about the father-son relationship he shares with his famous dad and embracing the Eastwood title.

“To be honest, [my dad] didn’t care if I was a plumber or if I was an actor. He just said, ‘Whatever you do, do it well. Be humble, work hard and be a man,’ ” the actor, who stars in Nicholas Sparks’s The Longest Ride, told Treats! Magazine in an interview posted Wednesday.

But the California native admitted it took some growing up before deciding on the acting route – and he wanted to find success on his own. (He even changed his name at the start of his career.)

“I wanted to earn it on my own merit,” he said. “At some point you say, ‘F— it. That’s my dad’s last name, that’s my legacy.’ ”

His dad’s best advice? “Pay attention. Listen,” Eastwood told PEOPLE in December. “It’s more advice about life [than work]. Just always try to better yourself as a human being, never get too comfortable and invest back in yourself,” he added.

He’s climbing the ladder in Hollywood, but he also said he knows that fame can be fleeting. And Eastwood has a long list of hobbies to keep a clear head (and most involve showing off his toned body).

“I grew up surfing and hanging out on the beach, so I’ve sort of always liked being shirtless,” he told Treats!.

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