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."
"Being the son of someone famous, it has its moments, i
"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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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, â€˜Oh, you know, my leg hurts.' I say that to myself. â€˜Yeah, my leg actually really does hurt,' and I'll just take it. It happens so quick."
"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?"
Dr. Phil addresses David, "You worry about him a lot â€¦ 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."
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.
"Growing up as a Spelling was incredible," Randy says. "I grew up
"While the Spelling mansion was being built, the rumors were flying around that there was an ice skating
"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.
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.
"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."
Sons of Hollywood airs Sundays on A&E, beginning April 1.