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Costner, who made his way onto the
film scene with Silverado in 1985, has
been a Hollywood fixture ever since.
Over the span of his career, the Oscarwinning actor has been lauded for his
performance in films such as Dances
with Wolves, Bull Durham, Field of
Dreams, and The Bodyguard - then
later gaining attention with The History
Channel's miniseries, Hatfield & McCoys.
He currently stars in the hit series
Yellowstone.

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Costner lives in the area with his wife
and three youngest children. (He keeps
family close - his two older daughters
live in Ojai and work in Ventura.)
We caught up with the local actor
about the place he calls home.
"I could live a lot of places - I choose
to live here," he says. "It's the perfect
earth pushed right up against the
mountain shoved against the ocean -
it's just smashed right in here and it's
our little paradise. The town has never
outgrown itself. There's still a charm
to Ventura. When you look at the hills,
they've really held back development and
I hope they continue to do that."
Costner's appreciation of the area
makes it clear that he's watched the
landscape change and evolve over time.
He's observed efforts to change it and
encouraged efforts to protect it. "Our
farmland is what is really the treasure and
we're building over the top of it,"
he says. "We've got to figure out how
to build up if we're going to build.
What makes this beautiful is the thing
that developers covet - flat land that
they can build on - but really, this area
has fed people for centuries. Centuries.
And now it feeds people around the
world commercially."
It's not just the land that calls to him.
The Channel Islands National Park, that
epic natural conservatory just offshore,
is a regular visit. "I take advantage of that
ecosystem; I go out and dive, I go out and
fish. I like to take people out there and
share. The visibility is 60, 70, 80 feet -
maybe more - and it's just spectacular.
It's not like the water you get along
the shoreline. There it's pristine and as
beautiful as you'd ever want to see."
And to think that these natural
offerings are so close to a metropolis
like Los Angeles. When asked about
living just outside of the Hollywood

mix, he notes Ventura's easy access: "It
almost takes longer to get to Malibu
from Hollywood as it takes to drive from
Hollywood to where I live. When I first
moved up here, I thought, how am I going
to do my business? And there hasn't been
anybody in the industry of Hollywood
that wasn't willing to take the drive
and see me," he says. "Once you get to
Seaward and off the freeway - the 101 -
and you start looking out to the left, it's
a world class drive up to Santa Barbara,"
he adds.
While Costner appreciates the
spaciousness (and anonymity, no doubt)
of Ventura's more natural surroundings,
he often finds himself in town. "Nobody
likes to get up early on a Saturday except
my boys, so the perfect day would be me
taking them to the Ventura Pier, letting
them fish, then meeting their mom and
their little sister for lunch. Then maybe
heading off to Patagonia - they all have
fun inside that store. I also enjoy all the
different parks. I go watch them play
the same way my parents watched me."
When the Thomas Fire roared through
Ventura in December 2017, Costner
was at the ready to help. "You know,
communities pull together for a moment,"
he says, "the reason you do that is for
people to know that they're not in it
alone, even though they're going through
it alone." One such effort: the Thomas
Fire Benefit Festival in February, 2018,
with a concert that featured well-known
musical acts like Super Duper Kyle, Olivia
Newton John, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy,
Colbie Caillat, and Costner's own band,
Kevin Costner & Modern West, to help
raise money for fire victims. "The hard
work, the tragedy - the loss - never
goes away for people," he says, adding
"There are people who would like to help
in whatever way that they can. Ventura
came together and did that."

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