Clint Eastwood's wife Dina candid about reality show, 'adopted' boy band
Clint Eastwood is taking an unusual path for a four-time Oscar winner, agreeing to appear with his family on a reality series, but apparently it was his wife Dina who made the decision and took the starring role.
The E! series "Mrs. Eastwood & Company," which is set to premiere at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 20, is not Mrs. Eastwood's bid for stardom though, it is for the boy band Overtone that she "adopted."
"I had a midlife crisis and I adopted a boy band," Dina Eastwood told the Associated Press. "I was edgy; I didn't know what I was doing. Clint was accelerating how many movies a year he was doing. Our youngest daughter was getting to the point she doesn't want to be around me as much."
Dina, 46, discovered Overtone during a concert in Capetown, South Africa, when her husband of 18-years was working on the 2009 film, "Invictus," which starred Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela. The group ended up contributing to the film's soundtrack and Dina signed on as their manager.
"They're very good-looking and the best vocal group Clint and I have ever heard," she said. "I was thinking what a cute little reality show about a haggard mom who doesn't know what she's doing, leading this cute band around trying to ... get them successful."
The six members of the group will appear on the reality series with Dina, her and Clint's 15-year-old daughter Morgan and Francesca Eastwood, the 19-year-old daughter of Clint and actress Frances Fisher, who dates celebrity photographer Tyler Shields. The family's "tart-tongued" housekeeper, Groucho Marx's granddaughter who is married to Dina's brother, Dominic Ruiz, will also appear on the show.
The show is set on Eastwood's Carmel home, which is made lively by Dina's pets, which include a pig, roosters, chickens, rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas, birds, turtles, and rabbits.
Clint Eastwood was only present for eight of the ten weeks of filming, as the filmmaker was in Atlanta starring in the film "Trouble With the Curve." But Dina said he gave her his approval.
"It's about absolute respect for him... and his image, and not wanting to touch that," Dina said of her husband's sparse appearance on the series. "Clint graciously threw me a bone and decided to appear in a couple of episodes. Other times I'd want him to appear and he'd say, 'Nope, I don't want to.'"
Dina Eastwood, who is described as a "self proclaimed loud-mouth cheerleader," worked as a news anchor at local television stations in Arizona and California and met her husband while interviewing him in 1993. Dina said she was a bit wary of going into reality TV and worried that her family wouldn't be as drama-packed as the E! network's most famous family, the Kardashians. But Overtone singer Eduard Leonard thinks the show will give fans a good glimpse into the Eastwood home.
"People have an idea of how the Eastwoods are," said Leonard. "This will help viewers see they are not a conventional Hollywood family. They are very down to earth and have hearts of gold."
Watch a preview for "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" below.