"At first it was terribly intimidating to be in his presence," Leonard said. "We still have to pinch ourselves."
Although Dina Eastwood pitched "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" as a showcase for Overtone, she decided the gender balance, of a half-dozen men and her, was off. So the "& Company" was expanded to include Morgan, her 15-year-old daughter with Eastwood, and her stepdaughter Francesca, 18, (Clint Eastwood's daughter with actress Frances Fisher).
The teenagers were game — reality TV is in their generation's DNA, as Dina Eastwood sees it — but the Eastwoods and Fisher vetted the girls' involvement before deciding it was appropriate for them, she said.
Also in the mix are Groucho Marx's granddaughter (married to Dina Eastwood's brother, Dominic Ruiz, Overtone's road manager); a tart-tongued housekeeper who could have come straight from Sitcom Central Casting; a pet menagerie including a tortoise and a pig; and access to the Eastwood's Carmel home on California's greatest stretch of coastline.
What's largely missing is the presence of Oscar-winning filmmaker Eastwood, who was in Atlanta starring in the movie "Trouble With the Curve" for eight of the 10 weeks of "Mrs. Eastwood & Company" filming. That doesn't signal disapproval, Dina Eastwood said.
He supported her decision to do the show, after providing "every single warning you can possibly give someone," she said. "That being said, he's also given me the freedom to go ahead and try something new and on my own."
Although she's a TV veteran (a longtime newscaster who still fills in at a station serving the Salinas-Monterey-Carmel market) despite her status as a celebrity wife), Eastwood had some uneasiness about venturing into the "unknown" world of reality TV and putting her family at risk.