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SCOTT EASTWOOD HAS ALREADY PROVIDED a generous hunk of swoon-worthy shirtlessness, but the model-turned-actor is just getting started. In his first lead role as Luke Collins in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride, Clint’s sexy son gives you all the feels as a bull rider pursuing a hard-won girl (and, for good measure, flashing his now-famous abs).

Chris Azzopardi

During our interview, the 29-year-old talked about winning over the gay world as a full-time stud, identifying with his father’s Libertarian beliefs on LGBT equality, his Martin Luther King, Jr. man crush, and keeping his thoughts (and other stuff) in check during sex scenes.

You were blessed with good genes. How aware are you that gay men enjoy you?

You’re bringing it to my attention! I love it. I don’t discriminate against any fans, and gay men are great. I support gay marriage and the whole bit. I think everybody should be able to be with who they want. My dad is the same way. He’s a total Libertarian — everyone leave everyone alone; everyone live their own private life. Why does everyone gotta be all up in arms about it?

Your dad put it best when he spoke about gay marriage: “I don’t give a f*ck who wants to get married to anybody else!”

I’d give the same f*cking quote. I’m a firm believer that we’re only on this planet for a short period of time, and we should all be as kind as we can to other people because, in life, all you really have is how you affect people, in a negative way or a positive way.

How did you learn to embrace that mentality?

My mom and my dad were firm believers, and really compassionate and selfless. She’s such a firm believer that in life you gotta be compassionate. Everyone’s from different walks of life and everyone has their own reality, and to be uncompassionate isn’t human.

Your body is breaking barriers. I read a web comment recently that said, “Even I, as a gold star lesbian, look at this guy and state categorically, ‘A-hummina-hummina- hummina.’” What’s it like to know you can have that effect on even the lesbian community?

*laughs* That’s awesome! I mean, I don’t really know what I’ve done that’s worthy of it.

You’ve taken your shirt off a few times, so there’s that.

*laughs* Yup!
The hat, the Levis, the boots. You rock that look like you were born a cowboy.

There’s probably a little bit of cowboy in me somewhere.

When it comes to gay roles, could you see yourself playing one? Is it too soon to get you in a Brokeback Mountain remake?

Oh my gosh, that’s funny! *laughs* To me, it’s all about the script and the director. I’m very director-driven and material-oriented, so if it’s a great script and a great director, yeah.

What do you look for in a great script and a great director?

Ohh. That’s hard to put into effect. It’s gotta have that je ne sais quoi, as they say. You don’t know why it’s amazing, but it is.

What about this Nicholas Sparks movie stuck out to you when you read the script?

Well, for one, I love [director] George Tillman, Jr. — his films are great. I loved Men of Honor — I thought it was fantastic. I thought that movie was an old ’90s drama, which doesn’t exist anymore. I was really so excited to work with him. I thought it was a very unorthodox choice to have him direct a Nicholas Sparks movie.

The name of the movie, The Longest Ride, really lends itself to a porn spinoff down the line, don’t you think?

That would be amazing. That’d be so funny if that happened. And why not?!

Your sex scene in this movie wasn’t your first.

I’ve had a few. I’ve had about four or five.

What’s the trick to shooting a sexy sex scene?

Keeping your thoughts sort of … controlled.

In addition to keeping other things “controlled.”

*laughs* I’m only one man! I can only do what I can do. But I think it’s sexy. I mean, being in a shower with a beautiful, sexy woman – I was turned on! I had fun!

In The Longest Ride or during every sex scene you’ve done?

*laughs* Some more than others.

You’ve shown full butt before, and you graciously give us a glimpse. With this movie, how was it determined how much butt would be in the shot?

*laughs* For me, I didn’t really care. The butt thing … to me, this was a really classy story and a really classy movie, so I didn’t care about showing a little butt in there. That’s part of it. Sex scenes, you see a little bit of action, right? And that’s what makes a good sex scene. Not too much. You don’t wanna give it all away. You gotta leave something to the imagination.

Has your father seen the movie?

He hasn’t.

How do you feel about him seeing those scenes?

I’m really proud of the film, and I hope he enjoys it. It’s not all the time you do a film you’re really proud of.

When you’re in a movie about love and relationships and sex, people are interested in your own personal experiences.

*laughs*

How do you deal with those kinds of questions? Are you an open book?

Partially. I don’t give everything away. You gotta have your private life too. But I’m not shy. I love women.

Well, then, barn sex: yay or nay?

Why not?!

Who are some of your man crushes?

People who have the balls to change the world. Guys like Martin Luther King, Jr., who said things at a time when they weren’t acceptable. People who are out doing great things. Guys like Enric Sala who are saving the world. The Pristine Seas project. People who are working toward curing cancer, or working with kids — that’s really great stuff to me.

What are or have been some of the challenges creating a career independent of your father?

That people take me seriously. I’ve been doing it for 12 years, and I always say Hollywood is like high school: If you’re not the cool kid, you’re the outcast, and people don’t take you seriously. I was never the cool kid — definitely not the cool kid. And so I split. I split L.A. [and] lived in San Diego. There’ve been a couple of moments I thought about throwing in the towel, for sure. I once heard from Mel Gibson. His advice was: “Just stick around and keep plugging away at it. Keep your head down and keep working hard.”

With so much attention on your shirtlessness, is there more pressure to prove yourself beyond the hunky exterior?

I don’t really think about it like that. I don’t spend a lot of time on it. There’d be a lot of wasted time if I let that consume my thoughts. I just keep my head down and do the best I can.