Wed May 23 14:00:59 EDT 2018
A member of a Hollywood royalty who forged his own path as a rapper, Chet Hanks had no trouble slipping into a recurring role as Blake on Empire this season.
“Anyone who was born in some kind of shadow of success of their father or mother can share this journey of a growing process. Not by denying who you are, but by embracing who you are,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on stands Friday. “This is who I am, and I’m not running away from it.”
His dad’s best acting advice? “Show up on time, know your lines and be nice to everybody.”
Chet first made a name for himself under the pseudonym Chet Haze, parlaying a viral reimagining of Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” while a student at Northwestern University into a real music career. His latest venture is a group called FTRZ with pal Drew Arthur, and they’re preparing to release their first single, “California Models.”Want to keep up on the latest from PEOPLE? Sign
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And on Empire, he feels lucky to show off his acting and rapping chops.
“It’s kind of a role that I’ve always really wanted to play,” he explains. “I’m very comfortable recording and being in a studio, and I also have some performing experience as well. So that made it a lot more comfortable for me, having that as a part of my history.”
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Now two years sober, “I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” he says, “because all I did was subtract a few elements from my life, and just by subtracting a few simple things, so much has been added that I don’t even think about going back.”For more on Chet, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday
The most joyful addition is his 5-year-old daughter. Chet has been protective of her privacy ever since confirming that he’s a father in December 2016, but he credits his little girl with changing his life for the better.
“Fatherhood forces you to grow up really quickly,” he says. “It’s a beautiful process, and it’s a blessing to be able to grow yourself as you watch your kids grow.”
The season finale of Empire airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.
Wed May 23 13:51:44 EDT 2018
Moses Farrow, the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, defends his father — and claims his mother was abusive towards him and his siblings, a charge she has previously denied — in a detailed new personal essay, titled “A Son Speaks Out,” posted online Wednesday.
Moses, who was adopted from South Korea as a toddler by Mia and then also adopted by Allen in 1991, was 14 when allegations exploded during Woody and Mia’s bitter 1993 custody dispute that Woody molested Moses’ 7-year-old sister Dylan. The claim was investigated, but Allen was not charged, and for decades the director, 82, has denied abusing Dylan.
In his post, Moses, now a family therapist and photographer, disputes details of Dylan’s account and claims Mia was physically and emotionally abusive towards him and her other children.
In 2017, Moses leveled similar abuse allegations to author Eric Lax, who included the comments in a biography of Allen. Mia, now 73, responded to Moses’ comments in a statement at the time, saying “It’s heartbreaking and bewildering that he would make this up, perhaps to please Woody.”
Dylan, who has spoken out several times in recent years about her molestation claims against Allen, responded to Moses’ 2017 allegations in the Los Angeles Times, saying: “Especially painful is that Allen even managed to enlist my brother Moses against me. … Moses’ comments are devastating, but like so many of the attacks on my story, irrelevant: Moses was not there for the alleged assault.”
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The controversy has divided the family — and continued to swirl around Allen and his movies— for decades. Allen and Farrow, who dated for more than a decade but never wed, split in 1992 amid an epic scandal: Allen had begun a romance with Farrow’s adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, then about 20, whom he later married. Allen and Farrow headed to court for a caustic custody battle over the children they shared: Moses, Dylan, whom they both had also adopted, and their biological son, 4-year-old Satchel, who later changed his name to Ronan and became the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who helped expose the Harvey Weinstein scandal. (Farrow has since suggested Ronan’s real father could be her ex-husband Frank Sinatra. Ronan has remained close to his mother and supported his sister Dylan in her accusations against Allen.)
Amid the custody trial, Farrow alleged that Allen had molested Dylan. Multiple investigations followed. A team at at Yale-New Haven Hospital concluded that no sexual abuse had taken place and described Dylan as having “difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality.” However, Connecticut prosecutor Frank S. Maco said there was probable cause for a criminal case against Allen but he would not pursue charges because Dylan was too “fragile” to deal with a trial. A judge awarded Farrow full custody of the children and denied Allen visitation with Dylan.
Dylan told her story publicly for the first time in 2014, launching a new round of controversy and prompting Allen and Moses to speak out as well.
“Of course, I did not molest Dylan,” Allen wrote in a New York Times op-ed .” I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being.”
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Moses told PEOPLE at the time: “I don t know if my sister really believes she was molested or is trying to please her mother. Pleasing my mother was very powerful motivation because to be on her wrong side was horrible.”
“My brother is dead to me,” Dylan said to PEOPLE in response. “This is such a betrayal to me and my whole family. My memories are the truth and they are mine and I will live with that for the rest of my life.”
Wed May 23 13:50:39 EDT 2018
If Captain Planet has any openings in the Planeteers lineup, Jenna Dewan might have a candidate in mind.
The World of Dance host spoke to PEOPLE Tuesday at the EMA Awards and Honors Benefit in Beverly Hills, California, revealing that her daughter Everly (5 this month) has become quite the environmentalist as of late.
“We do a lot of things in nature,” said Dewan, 37. “She goes to a lot of different camps where she is learning about nature, where she is with the trees, and we go on vacations, and we do trips just within nature.”
“I think learning early to respect it ,” she adds of the outdoors.
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Everly has become so in tune with caring for the world around her that she’s already been giving her mom a few lessons on how to treat her surroundings.
“She goes to a ‘fairy’ camp,” Dewan says with a laugh, “which sounds really ‘girly’ but it is actually very ‘Girl Scout-y.’ They go into the parks, and they learn all about how to be respectful to nature.”
“She’ll tell me, ‘Mommy, you need to recycle that,’ or, ‘Be careful, don’t disrespect nature!’ ” adds the actress and dancer. “It starts young. She’s only 4 and she already has that instilled in her, so I think I’m doing something right.”
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Despite the split, the former couple remain focused on their daughter, sharing an amicable relationship and staying committed to remaining “really great friends” going forward.
“This year has just been a really incredible year in a lot of ways. A lot of change, but you go with it and you make the best with what you can,” Dewan told PEOPLE on Friday. “I’m really great and doing wonderful and I thank everyone for their love always.”