Directing Is Their Family Business: Clint Eastwood’s Daughter Alison Started In Front Of The Camera, Then Moved Behind It, Like Her Dad

By Rebecca Keegan
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Great Q&A with Alison Eastwood,daughter of legendary actor/director Clint Eastwood who is debuting her second feature as a director, a Mississippi-set drama called “Battlecreek.” The article includes a few words of wisdom from Father Eastwood who simply says “Whatever you do, do it well.”


Few people can get away with teasing a man like his daughter can.

On a May afternoon, in a small office at his Malpaso Productions on the Warner Bros. lot, Clint Eastwood and his daughter Alison were discussing the 86-year-old director and actor’s career advice to his children.

“I just said, ‘Whatever you do, do it well,'” Clint said. “If you’re going to be a phone operator, be the best phone operator.”

“Phone operator was my backup career,” Alison said dryly, provoking an amused smile from her dad.

“I guess they don’t really have phone operators any more, do they?” Clint said.

Instead Alison, 44, entered the family trade. Her second feature as a director, a Mississippi-set drama called “Battlecreek,” recently played the Santa Barbara and Newport Film festivals. The movie, which does not have a distributor, is based on a script by Alison’s childhood friend Anthea Anka, the daughter of singer-songwriter Paul Anka, and stars Bill Skarsgard as a young man with a rare skin disorder that requires him to live his life at night.

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