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Hayden Christensen

Hayden Christensen
Christensen during Star Wars: Episode III premiere in Berlin, 2005.
Born (1981-04-19) April 19, 1981
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor, film producer
Years active 1993–present
Partner(s) Rachel Bilson (2007-present)
Children 1

Hayden Christensen (born April 19, 1981) is a Canadian actor and producer. He began his career on Canadian television at age 13, then diversified into American television in the late 1990s. He was praised for his acting as Sam in Life as a House, which earned him nominations for both the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. He gained international fame for his portrayal of the young Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Christensen was additionally reedited into the end of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • 1993–2005 2.1
    • Star Wars 2.2
    • 2006–present 2.3
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Christensen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is the son of Alie Nelson, an American speechwriter, and David Christensen, a computer programmer and communications executive. His father is of Danish descent and his mother has Swedish and Italian ancestry.[1] Christensen has an older brother, Tove, an older sister, Hejsa, and a younger sister, Kaylen.[2][3][4]

Christensen was raised in Thornhill, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto. Christensen attended E.J. Sand Public School, Baythorn Public School and Unionville High School in Unionville, Ontario, Canada. He was an athlete in high school, playing hockey competitively and tennis on a provincial level.[5]

He spent summers on Long Island with his maternal grandmother, Rose Schwartz,[5] and attended the Actors Studio in New York as well as the Arts York program for drama at Unionville High School. He was "discovered" when his older sister, a former trampoline champion, was searching for an agent after she landed a role in a Pringles commercial.[5][6]



Christensen's first acting role came in September 1993, when at age 12 he played a supporting role on the German-Canadian television series Macht Der Leidenschaft/Family Passions[7] The following year he acquired a minor role in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness.[7] From 1995 through 1999, he appeared in several movies and television shows, including Harrison Bergeron, Forever Knight, Goosebumps, The Virgin Suicides, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?.[7] 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.[7][8]

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.[9][10][11] However, the performance did not receive widespread public notice.[8] In 2002, Christensen made his London theatre debut co-starring with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anna Paquin in This Is Our Youth.[12]

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.[13][14] 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."[15] In 2005, Christensen made his Broadway debut when he appeared briefly in a 10-minute play.

In 2005, he took part in the fifth annual "24 Hour Plays" benefit, which raises cash for nonprofit groups in the Big Apple.[16]

Star Wars

On May 12, 2000, Christensen announced that he would be starring as

External links

  1. ^ Leith, William (March 13, 2002). "A force to be reckoned with".  
  2. ^ a b "Hayden Christensen: Actor".  
  3. ^ Hiscock, John (May 13, 2005). "Skywalker comes down to earth".  
  4. ^ "Hayden Christensen Biography". Yahoo!. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c Lee, Linda (October 21, 2001). "Film: Up and Coming — Hayden Christensen; Life as the Latest Bearer of the Force".  
  6. ^ Goldman, Andrew (March 10, 2002). "Space Boy". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Hello Magazine Filmography — Hayden Christensen".  
  8. ^ a b Welch, David (May 20, 2002). "The cast and crew of the latest Star Wars flick aren't cloning around".  
  9. ^ "HFPA — Awards Search".  
  10. ^ "8th Annual SAG Awards Nominees".  
  11. ^ "National Board of Review of Motion Pictures — Awards 2001". NBRMP. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  12. ^ Loveridge, Lizzie (March 2002), "A CurtainUp London Review: This is Our Youth",
  13. ^ Ebert, Roger (November 7, 2003). "Shattered Glass Review".  
  14. ^ Schembri, Jim (May 20, 2005). "Darth wish". The Age (Melbourne). Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  15. ^ Travers, Peter (October 23, 2003). "Shattered Glass Review".  
  16. ^ "The 24 Hour Plays 2005".  
  17. ^ "Robin Gurland — Don't Call Her; She'll Call You".  
  18. ^ "Star Wars — Lucas Made Vader Suit Extra Awkward".  
  19. ^ """Hayden Christensen Talks About "Revenge of the Sith. Movies About. Retrieved May 17, 2010. 
  20. ^ Star Wars Trilogy: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 2004. 
  21. ^ Johnson, Derek. "Star Wars fans, DVD, and cultural ownership: an interview with Will Brooker; Interview", Velvet Light Trap, September 22, 2005, pg. 36–44.
  22. ^ Ebert, Roger (May 1, 2005). "Anakin's fans strike back".  
  23. ^ "Moviefone Unscripted with Hayden Christensen and George Lucas".  
  24. ^ Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 2005. 
  25. ^ "Review: Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 10, 2002. 
  26. ^ "Revenge of the Sith review". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 30, 2005. 
  27. ^ "May the Force Be Over". Village Voice. Retrieved May 10, 2005. 
  28. ^ Scott, A. O. (May 10, 2002). "Kicking Up Cosmic Dust". New York Times. Retrieved May 10, 2002. 
  29. ^ "Hello Magazine Profile — Hayden Christensen".  
  30. ^ "2006 MTV Movie Awards".  
  31. ^ Scheck, Frank (December 3, 2007). "Awake: Bottom Line: Sleep won't be an option".  
  32. ^ Howell, Peter (February 9, 2007). Factory Girl': Time's up"'".  
  33. ^ Kiefer, Peter (December 17, 2006). "Oh My God, Can You Rent the Colosseum?".  
  34. ^ "Christensen Onboard Jumper?". Moviehole. July 22, 2006. Archived from the original on October 13, 2006. Retrieved July 24, 2006. 
  35. ^ "Bilson and Christensen Reteam For New York Love Story".  
  36. ^ "Virgin Territory". Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
  37. ^ Foster, Dave (June 26, 2008). "Virgin Territory (R2) in August". DVD Times. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  38. ^ "Hayden Christensen is 'Street' smart".  
  39. ^ "'"Hayden Christensen is 'Vanishing on 7th Street. Cinematical. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  40. ^ "Takers".  
  41. ^ "'"Hayden Christensen claims USA stole his idea for 'Royal Pains.  
  42. ^ Golding, Bruce. "Christensen sues USA Network over 'stolen' TV series". New York Post. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  43. ^ "Hayden Christensen Wins Big Victory Against USA Network in 'Royal Pains' Appeal". Hollywood Reporter. 
  44. ^ Dave McNary (May 16, 2013). "Hayden Christensen Launching Glacier Films Slate".  
  45. ^ "Nicolas Cage, Hayden Christensen to Begin 'Outcast' Chinese Shoot in April". Hollywood Reporter. 
  46. ^ "Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen are engaged".  
  47. ^ "Christensen Proposed Over Christmas".  
  48. ^ """Rep: Rachel Bilson, Hayden Christensen's Wedding Officially "Off.  
  49. ^ Shira, Dahvi (August 9, 2010). "Hayden Christensen & Rachel Bilson Call Off Engagement".  
  50. ^ Byrne, Alla (November 9, 2010). "Hayden Christensen & Rachel Bilson Are Dating Again".  
  51. ^ Everett, Cristina (November 9, 2010). "Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson 'dating again' months after calling off engagement".  
  52. ^ Jennifer Garcia. "Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson Expecting First Child". People. 
  53. ^ Anya Leon. "Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson Welcome Daughter Briar Rose". People. 
  54. ^ a b Hiscock, John (February 13, 2008). "Hayden Christensen dreaming of the simple life". The Toronto Star. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  55. ^ Heilbron, Alexandra (May 31, 2007). "Christensen buys Toronto area farm". Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  56. ^ "Hayden Christensen Teams With RW&Co: Collection Inspired By 'Star Wars' Actor's Farm". Huffington Post. September 16, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2013. 
  57. ^ "Hayden Christensen Promotes Teens for Jeans".  
  58. ^ "Hayden Christensen Smartens up for Louis Vuitton".  
  59. ^ "Hayden Christensen’s New "Challenge": Face of Lacoste Fragrance".  
  60. ^ Christensen, Hayden (July 31, 2010). """Hayden Christensen on "The Lazarus Effect. CNN. Retrieved July 1, 2008. 
  61. ^ "The Lazarus Effect Campaign". Join Red. Retrieved May 10, 2010. 


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Family Passions Skip McDeere
1996 Forever Knight Andre Episode: "Fallen Idol"
1997 Goosebumps Zane Episode: "Night of the Living Dummy III"
1999 Real Kids, Real Adventures Eli Goodner Episode: "Paralyzed: The Eli Goodner Story"
1999 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Kirk Episode: "The Tale of Bigfoot Ridge"
1999 The Famous Jett Jackson Steven Episode: "Popularity"
2000 Higher Ground Scott Barringer Main Role, 22 Episodes


Year Title Role Notes
1995 In the Mouth of Madness Paper boy
1995 Street Law Young John Ryan
1995 Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story Fletcher Television film
1995 Harrison Bergeron Eric Television film
1996 No Greater Love Teddy Winfield Television film
1998 The Hairy Bird Tinka's date
1999 The Virgin Suicides Jake Hill Conley
1999 Free Fall Patrick Brennan
2000 Trapped in a Purple Haze Orin Krieg Television film
2001 Life as a House Sam Monroe Young Hollywood Award One to Watch – Male
National Board of Review – Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Awards – Most Promising Performer
2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Anakin Skywalker Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Cannes Film Festival – Male Revelation
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated – Saturn Award – Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards – Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards – Choice Chemistry (shared with Natalie Portman)
2003 Shattered Glass Stephen Glass Las Palmas Film Festival – Best Actor (shared with Peter Sarsgaard)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
2004 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Anakin Skywalker DVD re-release; plays ghost of Skywalker in final scene
2005 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
ShoWest – Male Star of Tomorrow
MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated – Saturn Award – Best Actor
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Ewan McGregor)
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards – Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure
Nominated – Teen Choice Awards – Choice Movie Bad Guy
2006 Factory Girl Billy Quinn
2007 Awake Clay Beresford, Jr. Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo (shared with Jessica Alba)
2007 Virgin Territory Lorenzo de Lamberti
2008 Jumper David Rice Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Jamie Bell)
2009 New York, I Love You Ben
2010 Takers AJ Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
2010 Vanishing on 7th Street Luke Ryder
2010 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Jammer Voice
2014 American Heist James
2014 Outcast Arken



Christensen performed a public service announcement for Do Something's Teens for Jeans Campaign in 2008.[57] He appeared as a model in Louis Vuitton's advertising[58] and was also named as the face of Lacoste's newest fragrance, Lacoste Challenge.[59] He was featured in RED's Lazarus Effect Campaign, which is intended to increase awareness for its efforts to fight AIDS in Africa.[60][61]

Christensen is an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

Christensen has owned a farm near Uxbridge, Ontario since 2007.[54][55] He noted in 2008 that he had been renovating the property himself and devoting time to learning about "livestock, crops and agricultural machinery".[54] In November 2013, Christensen teamed up with Canadian fashion chain RW&Co to release a men's clothing line inspired by his farm.[56]

In 2007, Christensen began dating actress Rachel Bilson, with whom he filmed the movie Jumper. They got engaged on December 25, 2008.[46][47] In mid-2010, the couple split up, but were dating again a few months later.[48][49][50][51] Bilson and Christensen had their first child, daughter Briar Rose, on October 29, 2014.[52][53]

Personal life

On May 20, 2013, during the Cannes Film Festival the Russian company Enjoy Movies announced the creation of Glacier Films, an alliance company with Hayden Christensen and his brother Tove Christensen. In 3-year term Glacier Films intends to make 11 "micro-budget" movies costing $1.5M each. First project American Heist starring Christensen, himself, alongside Adrien Brody and Jordana Brewster starts filming in June 2013. It's a remake of Steve McQueen's The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery. [44] and Outcast, an action drama starring Nicolas Cage.[45]

In 2010, Christensen sued USA Network over allegations that they stole his idea for the TV show Royal Pains. 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.[41][42] 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.[43]

In October 2009, Christensen started shooting the horror film Vanishing on 7th Street, directed by Brad Anderson, alongside Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo.[38][39] Christensen appeared in the crime drama Takers alongside Idris Elba and Paul Walker released in the United States on August 27, 2010.[40] Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey is the fourth film in which Christensen stars with Samuel L. Jackson.

[37] villa in Italy.Tuscan epidemic by hiding out in a Black Plague, is about a group of people who escape the The Decameron The film, based on [36], which was released directly-to-DVD in North America on August 26, 2008.Virgin Territory in Mischa Barton Christensen appeared opposite [35].New York, I Love You Bilson and Christensen co-starred again in the same segment of the film [34][33]; the film was released on February 14, 2008.teleport, the story of a young man who discovers he has the ability to Jumper in the film Rachel Bilson and Jamie Bell, Samuel L. Jackson Christensen next starred with [32][7].Guy Pearce and Sienna Miller, opposite Factory Girl and appeared in [31][7],heart surgery during awake but paralyzed, which tells the story of a man who remains Jessica Alba, with Awake in Jared LetoBetween 2006 and 2007, he replaced
Christensen with Rachel Bilson filming Jumper in Rome in 2006.


However, the role made him a popular star among audiences.[29] He was named in both People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People and Teen People's 25 Hottest Stars under 25.[2] For his performance in Episode III, he won the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.[30]

His performance in both Episodes II and III received mixed to negative reviews by critics[25][26][27][28] (earning him the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor in both films).

Stock footage of Christensen was used in the 2004 DVD release of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, where he was inserted in place of actor Sebastian Shaw as the ghost of the redeemed Anakin Skywalker.[20] This was one of the most controversial changes.[21][22] Lucas said that he wanted the inner person of Darth Vader return to who he was before he turned to the dark side.[23] 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.[24]

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.[18] Lucas agreed, and a suit was engineered to fit Christensen's frame, even including extensions to allow for the actor to attain Vader's 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) height. His voice as the "robotic" Vader, however, was dubbed over by James Earl Jones, who first made it famous in the original trilogy.[19]

. Darth Vader and the rise of Anakin Skywalker" that was essential to solidify the story that Lucas was trying to tell: the tragic fall of dark side Lucas is quoted as saying that he chose Christensen because he "needed an actor who has that presence of the [17]

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