The Price of Privilege: David, Sean and Randy

The Price of Privilege: David, Sean and Randy

Randy Spelling, actor and son of prolific TV producer, the late Aaron Spelling; Sean Stewart, budding rock star and son of music legend Rod Stewart; and rising talent manager David Weintraub star in a new reality series on A&E called Sons of Hollywood.

"Sons of Hollywood is about the life of the next generation of Hollywood," David says. "We all three grew up together in L.A., in very similar worlds. We wanted to really show young Hollywood accurately, the good, the bad and the ugly."

"We move into a house together, and we have our lives taped," Randy says.

"Sean and Randy are very different, very reactionary, which you'll see a little bit in the show," David says

"Sean is a crazy man," Randy says.

Sean says, "Randy, he's like the good kid next door. I'm like the bad kid from down the block."

 

David recounts a time when he scored Sean a meeting with a record executive about a possible record deal, and when they left, Sean threw a CD the executive gave him into the bushes. "I am working to get these opportunities set up and at the end of the day, he's got to do his end of the bargain."

Randy says, "I decided to do the reality show because there's so much speculation about me and my family. I just wanted to give people an insight into who I really am." He says his sister, Tori, makes an appearance too.

"Sean and Randy have a lot of misconception about their lives and who they are," David says.

"Being the son of someone famous, it has its moments, i
t has its up and downs," Sean says. "The ups are that we can get into parties, we can get concert tickets, backstage passes. But the downside is a lot of people want to latch onto us, and hang out with us because of our parents."

"We're all dealing with our career, trying to really make a name for ourselves, and really step out of our fathers' shadows and into our own," Randy explains.

"You guys say that being famous is a double-edged sword?" Dr. Phil asks. "Is that true?"

"Yeah, definitely," Randy says. "I mean, growing up, going to school, and when people know who your family is and who your father is, you tend to get scrutinized and get teased, for sure, and especially professionally as well. Sometimes you really have to prove yourself because people are looking for you to fall."

 

Growing up as Rod Stewart's son had its perks, but there was also a high price to pay. In Sons of Hollywood, you'll see Sean's real-life struggle to stay sober when temptation is all around him. Sean tells his story of trying to carve his own career path, apart from his famous father:

 

"When I was a young kid, I was at my dad's concerts, and I'd look up and, like, see him on stage, and think, I want to be like him one day. That was my dream," Sean says. "There's a lot of pressure. Can I really do this? Do I really have a good voice? It's a self-confidence thing.

 

"The hardest thing about growing up as Rod Stewart's son is knowing who your true friends are. A lot of people have taken advantage of me in my life because of who my dad is. 

 

"Kids who grow up with the lifestyle, we have to go through a lot more stuff than most kids would do at our age. We're all around the party scene, and we start partying." Sean started smoking marijuana at 12, drinking at 13 and went into rehab when he was 20. "I've been in rehab about eight or nine times."  

"Sean's issues with addiction are a constant battle for him on a daily basis," David says. "There is a relapse in the show. He was very open about it."

"Sometimes I see everybody else drinking, and I want to be normal and go out and drink with them, but I can't because it's, like, I drink more than I should," Sean says. "It's rough."

 
Dr. Phil tells Sean, "We've got a 20-year-old [son] who's a rock musician here in L.A., and he is so into the L.A. scene, and we are so watching him like a hawk because there is a lot of temptation there."

 

Dr. Phil asks Sean about his history in and out of rehab. "How long have you stayed sober when you came out?"

"A year. I got a year once," he says. "And then I'd get three months, two months, relapse. You know what it is? When you get cancer or something like that, you know you have it, but addiction is something that's in your mind, and plays tricks on your mind, saying that you don't have it. You know what I mean? Like, I'll be hanging out one day, and suddenly I'll have a Vicodin on me. And, ‘Oh, you know, my leg hurts.' I say that to myself. ‘Yeah, my leg actually really does hurt,' and I'll just take it. It happens so quick."

"Have you scared yourself yet?" Dr. Phil asks.

"Yeah, I have," Sean says. "I [overdosed,] like, two years ago."

"Do you think you have a part of your brain that tells you you're bulletproof?" Dr. Phil asks. "Does your mind tell you that'll happen to somebody else, that that's what you read about in the paper?"

"In my mind, that's never going to happen to me," Sean says. "I think, basically, I'm running around in a Superman cape all day, just thinking I'm invincible."

 

Dr. Phil addresses David, "You worry about him a lot … You worry about him sabotaging his own success, and you worry about his life. I can see it in the things you say."

"Here's the thing: With Sean, work keeps him focused, so the more and more that he's working on his career, he can stay away from the partying, he can stay away from the alcohol, he can stay away from the drugs, so that's a big focus in his life right now," David says. "And I do worry about him. I don't want him to be stuck in that environment, or stuck in this vicious cycle of addiction."

David wasn't born into a famous family. "My father was a dentist. He passed away when I was 3 years old. My mom is a psychotherapist. So I am sort of the transplant, but I grew up in the entertainment business, working in it," he explains. 

Dr. Phil asks David about the incident when Sean threw the demo CD in the bushes.

 

"It's a little bit funny and luckily, Desmond is a cool guy, and someone whom we're able to do business with in the future, and hopefully, when he sees it, he'll be cool with it," David says. "And I can set up the meetings, and control it as much as possible, but he's got to knock it out." 


"And you are talented. You know that, right? You know you've got the pipes. You know you can do it, if you don't get in your own way," Dr. Phil tells Sean.

"Yeah," he says.

Last year, Randy suffered an incredible personal loss when his father passed away. He shares his story of what it was like being in his famous family, son of the late Aaron Spelling, and brother of actress Tori Spelling.

 

"Growing up as a Spelling was incredible," Randy says. "I grew up

 really privileged. There's also a flip side to growing up with a really famous father. Being teased is par for the course.


"While the Spelling mansion was being built, the rumors were flying around that there was an ice skating

rink and a roller coaster in it. People would come to me all the time and go, ‘Can we go bowling at your house? Can we go ice skating at your house?' Sometimes you want to be a normal kid, and you want to fit in," Randy says. "People think that my life is a revolving door of gifts being given and red carpets being rolled out. There is a little bit of that, I'm not going to lie, but that is not the reality of life. I don't walk around with people picking up after me. When I go to my Mom's house, I'm scared to ask anyone for anything.

"Following in my Dad's footsteps is something that I've always wanted to do. There was a time in my life where I felt not good enough. Those are huge shoes to fill. It was five weeks after we started taping that my father passed away. My whole world changed in a matter of a day. Losing my father while we were shooting the show was one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through, to say the least," he says. To honor his father, Randy got the initials A.S. tattooed on his arm.

"I just can't imagine being in the middle of what you were in the middle of when this happened," Dr. Phil tells Randy. "Did you have a chance to step to the side and grieve, or did you just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other?"

"I had to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and it was hard because I wanted to be really professional and continue on with the show because that is work, but on the other hand, there's something out of it that does help you because you're not sitting there, thinking 24 hours a day, focused on what actually happened," Randy says.

Dr. Phil asks about Randy's relationship with his sister, Tori. "Were you able to be there for each other during this time? Because I know you were in different positions with relationship to your father."

"It was tough. It was very tough because she was back and forth to Canada, and I was filming the show, so we tried to keep communication as best we could," Randy says.

"Would you say you had an achievement-oriented family?" Dr. Phil asks Randy.

"Yes, definitely. To say the least," Randy says.

"I didn't know your dad well, but I did meet him, and we did talk, and he had a real easy way about him, but you could tell talking to him that his mind was always working," Dr. Phil says. 

"His mind was always going, but he really exemplified being a gentle man, just from his manners to everything, he was a gentle human being," Randy says.

"So what was it like growing up in that family? What was it like growing up in that house?" Dr. Phil asks. "Because you're saying that you're a lot like other kids, but I'm thinking, I didn't have a bowling alley growing up at my house."

"Wait. That's not normal?" Randy deadpans. Turning serious, he says, "The one thing about it is I do feel blessed and do not take for granted where I come from, and the family that I was born into." Smiling, he adds, "And yeah, it was cool to be 14, 15 and have a couple girls over and say, ‘Hey, do you want to go bowling downstairs? Let's go hang out.'"

 

Sons of Hollywood airs Sundays on A&E, beginning April 1.