Hayden Christensen
Canadian actor
Hayden Christensen
Hayden Christensen is a Canadian actor. He appeared in Canadian television programs when he was young, then diversified into American television in the late 1990s. He moved on to minor acting roles before being praised for his role of Sam in Life as a House, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.
Biography
Hayden Christensen's personal information overview.
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One Thing You Missed That Makes The 'Star Wars' Prequels Even Worse
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Yoda says fear ends up leading to suffering. This clip leads there, too. Other than one sick pod race and a theory that one of the most hated characters in movie history, Jar Jar Binks, is a Sith, yousa already know the "Star Wars" prequels aren't very good. Well, now they're about to get worse. After watching "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," a Redditor noticed something you can't unsee. Apparently, George Lucas has a habit of morphing multiple takes into one shot, sometimes causing actors' faces to noticeably change mid-sequence. And the result is something like this ... (Focus on the edges of Hayden Christensen's hair, lips and nose.) Yup. You catch that? (If you're not seeing it, check out GfyCat for a larger version.) As the Redditor explains, "It's a pretty subtle effect. But if you look around his ear, the hair noticeably fades in and out. Also check out the hairs on the forehead." And just so you know it's not a trap, aka there's no s ...
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One Thing You Missed That Makes The 'Star Wars' Prequels Even Worse
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Yoda says fear ends up leading to suffering. This clip leads there, too. Other than one sick pod race and a theory that one of the most hated characters in movie history, Jar Jar Binks, is a Sith, yousa already know the "Star Wars" prequels aren't very good. Well, now they're about to get worse. After watching "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," a Redditor noticed something you can't unsee. Apparently, George Lucas has a habit of morphing multiple takes into one shot, sometimes causing actors' faces to noticeably change mid-sequence. And the result is something like this ... (Focus on the edges of Hayden Christensen's hair, lips and nose.) Yup. You catch that? (If you're not seeing it, check out GfyCat for a larger version.) As the Redditor explains, "It's a pretty subtle effect. But if you look around his ear, the hair noticeably fades in and out. Also check out the hairs on the forehead." And just so you know it's not a trap, aka there's no screwy ...
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Had Leonardo DiCaprio Taken This Role, The 'Star Wars' Prequels Would've Been Very Different
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In a galaxy far, far away, Leonardo DiCaprio just received an Oscar for his portrayal of Anakin Skywalker in the "Star Wars" prequels.  At least, that's what could've happened in this galaxy had DiCaprio simply taken the role instead of Hayden Christensen.  As pointed out by Cinema Blend, George Lucas and Leonardo DiCaprio discussed the possibility of the "Titanic" actor taking on the role of a teenage Anakin Skywalker. According to a Guardian article from January 2000, rumors of the casting amplified after DiCaprio visited Lucas' Skywalker ranch.  But, as we all know, DiCaprio ended up turning down the role.  "I did have a meeting with George Lucas about that [the role of Skywalker]," the actor said in an interview with The Short List. "Again, just didn’t feel ready to take that dive. At that point."  Of course, DiCaprio's career has done just fine since turning down "Star Wars." While we're feeling nostalgic for young Anakin Leo, enjoy this video of a 16-year-old DiC ...
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How do young stars deal with sudden fame?
LATimes - about 1 year
That was him once — on your soda cup, at your newsstand, stuck on the side of your bus. At 19, Hayden Christensen was still baby faced when he was handpicked by George Lucas to lead the new "Star Wars" prequels. The Canadian teen had never set foot on a major film set before shooting "Episode II"...
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How do young stars deal with sudden fame?
LATimes - about 1 year
That was him once — on your soda cup, at your newsstand, stuck on the side of your bus. At 19, Hayden Christensen was still baby faced when he was handpicked by George Lucas to lead the new "Star Wars" prequels. The Canadian teen had never set foot on a major film set before shooting "Episode II"...
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How do young stars deal with sudden fame?
LATimes - about 1 year
That was him once — on your soda cup, at your newsstand, stuck on the side of your bus. At 19, Hayden Christensen was still baby faced when he was handpicked by George Lucas to lead the new "Star Wars" prequels. The Canadian teen had never set foot on a major film set before shooting "Episode II"...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hayden Christensen
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 32
    In 2014 he starred American-Chinese-Canadian film Outcast, an action drama, alongside Nicolas Cage.
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  • 2013
    Age 31
    In November 2013, Christensen collaborated with Canadian fashion chain RW&Co to release a men's clothing line inspired by his farm.
    More Details Hide Details Christensen is an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Christensen performed a public service announcement for Do Something's Teens for Jeans Campaign in 2008. He modelled in Louis Vuitton's advertising and was also named as the face of Lacoste's newest fragrance, Lacoste Challenge. He was featured in RED's Lazarus Effect Campaign, which is intended to increase awareness for its efforts to fight AIDS in Africa.
    The first project, American Heist, starring Christensen, Adrien Brody and Jordana Brewster, started filming in June 2013.
    More Details Hide Details It is a remake of Steve McQueen's The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 29
    Although a federal judge at first dismissed Christensen's lawsuit in 2011, in June 2012 the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decided to reverse the lower court's decision and remand the case back to the district court for further proceedings, in what was considered a big victory for Christensen.
    More Details Hide Details On May 20, 2013, during the Cannes Film Festival the Russian company Enjoy Movies announced the creation of Glacier Films, an alliance company with Christensen and his brother Tove. Over three-year period, Glacier Films intends to make 11 "micro-budget" movies costing $1.5M each.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    In 2010, Christensen sued USA Network over allegations that they stole his idea for the TV show Royal Pains.
    More Details Hide Details The suit alleges that Christensen met with USA to pitch a similar series entitled Housecalls. During the meeting, Christensen alleges, he was never informed that a similar program was in development.
    Christensen appeared in the crime drama Takers with Idris Elba and Paul Walker released in the United States on August 27, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey is the fourth film in which Christensen stars with Samuel L. Jackson.
  • 2009
    Age 27
    In October 2009, Christensen started shooting the horror film Vanishing on 7th Street, directed by Brad Anderson, with Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo.
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  • 2008
    Age 26
    Christensen appeared opposite Mischa Barton in Virgin Territory, which was released directly-to-DVD in North America on August 26, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The film, based on The Decameron, is about a group of people who escape the Black Plague epidemic by hiding out in a Tuscan villa in Italy.
    Christensen next co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell and Rachel Bilson in the film Jumper, the story of a young man who discovers he has the ability to teleport; the film was released on February 14, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Bilson and Christensen co-starred again in the same segment of the film New York, I Love You.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    In 2007, Christensen began dating actress Rachel Bilson, with whom he filmed the movie Jumper. They became engaged on December 25, 2008. In mid-2010, they broke up, but began dating again a few months later. On October 29, 2014, Bilson gave birth to their daughter Briar Rose.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Christensen bought a farm near Uxbridge, Ontario. He noted in 2008 that he had been renovating the property himself and devoting time to learning about "livestock, crops and agricultural machinery".
  • 2006
    Age 24
    Between 2006 and 2007, he starred in Awake, with Jessica Alba, which tells the story of a man who remains awake but paralyzed during heart surgery, and co-starred in Factory Girl, opposite Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce.
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    Christensen insisted this was done without his knowledge, an act that was confirmed by Lucasfilm itself in the featurette "Return of the Jedi: What has changed?" as seen on the official website to commemorate the 2006 DVDs.
    More Details Hide Details His performance in both Episodes II and III received generally mixed reviews by critics (earning him the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor in both films). However, the role made him a popular star among audiences. He was named in both People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People and Teen Peoples 25 Hottest Stars under 25. For his performance in Episode III, he won the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.
  • 2005
    Age 23
    In 2005, he took part in the fifth annual "24 Hour Plays" benefit, which raises cash for nonprofit groups in the Big Apple.
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    In 2005, Christensen made his Broadway debut when he appeared briefly in a 10-minute play.
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  • 2003
    Age 21
    He went on to receive good reviews for 2003's Shattered Glass, which tells the true story of journalist Stephen Glass, who was discovered to be fabricating stories as a writer for The New Republic and other publications.
    More Details Hide Details Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote, "Hayden Christensen is sensational as Glass, finding the wonder boy and the weasel in a disturbed kid flying high on a fame he hasn't earned."
  • 2002
    Age 20
    In 2002, Christensen made his London theatre debut with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Paquin in This Is Our Youth.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2000
    Age 18
    On May 12, 2000, Christensen announced that he would be starring as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).
    More Details Hide Details The casting director reviewed about 1,500 other candidates before director George Lucas selected Christensen. Lucas is quoted as saying that he chose Christensen because he "needed an actor who has that presence of the dark side" that was essential to solidify the story that Lucas was trying to tell: the tragic fall of Anakin Skywalker and the rise of Darth Vader. During the production of Revenge of the Sith, Christensen asked Lucas if a special Vader suit could be constructed to fit his own body, rather than have a different actor don one of the original sets of Vader armor worn by David Prowse. Lucas agreed, and a suit was engineered to fit Christensen's frame, even including extensions to allow for the actor to attain Vader's height. His voice as the "robotic" Vader, however, was dubbed over by James Earl Jones, who first made it famous in the original trilogy.
    He acquired wider notice while starring in Fox Family Channel's television series Higher Ground in 2000, portraying a teen who was sexually molested by his stepmother, and then turned to drugs in his despair.
    More Details Hide Details Christensen's critically acclaimed portrayal of a misunderstood teenager in Life as a House (2001) earned him Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations as well as the National Board of Review's award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year. However, the performance did not receive widespread public notice.
  • 1995
    Age 13
    From 1995 through 1999, he appeared in several films and television series, including Harrison Bergeron, Forever Knight, Goosebumps, The Virgin Suicides, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?
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  • 1993
    Age 11
    Christensen made his acting debut in September 1993, when at the age of 12, he played a supporting role on the German-Canadian television series Macht Der Leidenschaft/Family Passions The following year, he had a minor role in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Born
    Born on April 19, 1981.
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