By Staff Writer
Original Source: soberinfo.com
Hollywood stars have a well-deserved reputation when it comes to coddling their children. However, Sean Penn is living proof that celebrities can also serve as tough-love parents when it’s necessary. Hopper Penn – the son of Sean and House of Cards star Robin Wright – attested to that fact recently in an interview with The Evening Standard: “I woke up in a hospital and my dad was like, ‘Rehab? or bus bench?’…That was the worst time in my life. Because it’s not fun when it gets to a point where you just need it.”
Hopper Penn’s journey to sobriety ended with his father’s moment of decision; the journey into addiction started years earlier. Shortly after his parents split up, Hopper found himself living in LA with his mother. When a near-fatal skateboarding injury meant he couldn’t spend his time pursuing his favorite hobby anymore, he fell in with ‘the wrong crowd.’ Early dalliances with marijuana and alcohol soon progressed to a crystal meth habit, which landed him in the hospital—and at a crucial fork in the road, according to his father.
Penn chose wisely, making the decision to enter rehab. Of course, getting back on your feet may be a bit easier when your parents are Hollywood power players; as director, Sean Penn cast Hopper in his first acting job for The Last Face. From there, it’s been a relatively uneventful ride to the Brad Pitt film War Machine, which released this month on Netflix.
Although Penn has enjoyed early success (and it would be foolish to believe his parentage had nothing to do with that), he remains a atypically unassuming citizen of Hollywood. He worked briefly as a pizza chef, and still refuses to call himself an actor until he completes his fourth movie. That sort of humility is certainly endearing in a world of celebrities fighting to be taken seriously; his fans hope Hopper Penn is rewarded with continued success in an industry he never really intended to be a part of.
Somebody else can make the pizzas.