“My dad wanted to name me Steak, the food, because he loves it so much. But my mom was never going to go for it.” He explained.
Hungry for more details? The young actor also said he got the name Hopper for being naughty in his mother’s womb.
“What they told me is that I hopped in her stomach, I didn’t kick, so they went with that.” He said,
His name was also to pay tribute to Penn’s favorite Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper.
“It has to do with Dennis Hopper; my dad was friendly with him and idolized him.”
Sean Penn may not have gotten his way naming his son after a food, but he did get Hopper to act! Initially, Hopper’s idea was to start in the industry behind the camera but was his dad made him take the big step!
“I asked if I could PA for it, He said, ‘No, you’re going to act in it.’ I said no, because I’m very shy. I didn’t know how to act. He said, ‘Well, you’ll get paid.’ So I was like, ‘I’m on board.’ After the first day, I fell in love with it,”
Although the young actor may have inherited his parent’s great talent, he admits he still has a lot to learn.
“My dad is a really good actor, and there are a lot of sh—-y actors, and I definitely think I’m one of them.”
Glad Sean Penn was able to scratch ‘Steak’ off the list, or there would’ve been some beef in the Penn’s family!