Patrick Schwarzenegger: “My job was done, I made my dad cry.” – Midnight Sun
Patrick Schwarzenegger is one of those rare enigmas – a Hollywood scion with what it appears to be zero qualms talking about his famous lineage. Which, for the son of the toughest guy in Tinseltown and a Kennedy no less, speaks volumes about his security.
Sitting down with the actor in a darkened hotel suite, we’re not two minutes into the interview when he brings up his father, Arnold, the 70-year-old Austrian Oak star of countless classics including Terminator, Conan the Barbarian and Total Recall. We delve a little further and it seems the 24-year-old model and budding A-lister has a super close relationship with his father, stemming from early visits to movie sets as a child.
And now that he’s following in poppa’s footsteps, Arnie has since been repaying the favour. “That was a really cool feeling to have him on set and watch me work and know that he’s so proud of me,” Patrick explains in a friendly manner. “It’s so cool to be able to show him, for him to be able to see me follow my dreams.”
While not a complete novice, with blink n’you’ll miss roles in Scream Queens and Grown Ups 2, Midnight Sun is Schwarzenegger’s breakout lead role. And the handsome actor admits, he’s feeling the pressure. Fashionably attired in a black leather jacket and jeans, with his square-chiselled cheekbones and quaffed sandy locks reminiscent of his grand-uncle, John F Kennedy [mother Maria Shriver was his niece], Patrick plays Charlie, the high school heartthrob and object of affection of Bella Thorne’s Katie who suffers from a rare genetic disorder which makes exposure to sunlight life-threatening and potentially fatal.