Hayden Christensen

BirthDay:

19 Apr 1981

BirthPlace:

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bio:

Hayden Christensen was born April 19, 1981 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His parents, Alie and David Christensen, are in the communications business. He is of Danish (father) and Swedish and Italian (mother) descent. Hayden grew up in Markham, Ontario, with siblings Kaylen, Hejsa, and Tove. Hayden set out to become an actor when a chance encounter at the age of eight placed him in his first commercial, for Pringles. When he was thirteen, he had starring roles in several dramatic television series.

His biggest break was a major part in the Fox Family Network's Higher Ground (2000). On the series, Hayden showed off his acting talent as a teen who was sexually molested by his stepmother, and turns to drugs in despair. Later, he appeared in the television movie Trapped in a Purple Haze (2000), where he co-starred with his friend Jonathan Jackson. Hayden also had a role in the film The Virgin Suicides (1999).

On May 12, 2000, it was announced that Christensen would star as Anakin Skywalker in the prequels Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). The star was chosen by director George Lucas because he felt that Hayden had raw talent and good chemistry with actress Natalie Portman. Lucas stunned the movie world by picking the then-unknown actor after he had turned down such big names as Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonathan Jackson, as well as 400 other candidates.

His role as the troubled, misunderstood teenager Sam Monroe in Irwin Winkler's Life as a House (2001) won him 'Breakthrough Performance of the Year' from the National Board of Review. The film also placed him as a nominee for 'Best Supporting Actor' at both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Hayden then starred in Shattered Glass (2003), quoted by some of the real Stephen Glass' colleagues as giving an eerie and uncanny portrayal.

Since his Star Wars days, Hayden has headlined several action films, including Jumper (2008) and Takers (2010).

When not working, he enjoys spending quality time with his family (such as big brother Tove), hanging out with his friends, and exploring other hobbies such as the blues, jazz and piano.

Hayden has been in a relationship with actress Rachel Bilson for many years. The two have a child, born in 2014.
Filmography

Actor ( 67 credits )

90 Minutes in Heaven (2015) Don Piper
Untot (2015)
Let's Go, DFW! (2015)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Outcast (2014)
American Heist (2014)
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Anakin Skywalker (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Home & Family (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2010) Jammer (voice)
Vanishing on 7th Street (2010) Luke
Takers (2010) A.J.
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Anakin Skywalker (1 episode, 2014)
New York, I Love You (2008) Ben (segment "Jiang Wen")
Jumper (2008) David Rice
Alex Zane's GuestList (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Virgin Territory (2007) Lorenzo
Awake (2007) Clay Beresford
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2008-2010)
5 Second Movies (2007)  Anakin Skywalker (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2008)
Factory Girl (2006) Billy Quinn - Musician
Movie Rush (2006)  Himself
Bullrun: Cops, Cars & Superstars III (2006)  Himself
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) Anakin Skywalker
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Jessica's Crush (2004)  Himself
Shattered Glass (2003) Stephen Glass
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Total Request Live (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) Anakin Skywalker
eTalk Daily (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
American Idol (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Life as a House (2001) Sam Monroe
Eigo de shabera-night (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Rank (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Popworld (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Higher Ground (2000)  Scott Barringer (22 episodes, 2000)
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2008)
Free Fall (1999) Patrick Brennan
The Virgin Suicides (1999) Jake Hill Conley
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1999)  Kirk (1 episode, 1999)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
All I Wanna Do (1998) Tinka's Date (as Hayden Christiansen)
The Famous Jett Jackson (1998)  Steven (1 episode, 1999)
Total Request Live (1998)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2008)
Comme au cinéma (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Real Kids, Real Adventures (1997)  Eli Goodner (1 episode, 1999)
Access Hollywood (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
E! News Live (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002-2005)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Street Law (1995) Young John Ryan
Goosebumps (1995)  Zane (2 episodes, 1997)
In the Mouth of Madness (1994) Paper Boy
Extra (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
GMTV (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Family Passions (1993)  Skip McDeere (unknown episodes)
Forever Knight (1992)  Andre (1 episode, 1996)
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1990)  Kirk (1 episode, 1999)
Troldspejlet (1989)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2002-2008)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (5 episodes, 2000-2008)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2010)
Nova (1974)  Anakin Skywalker from 'Star Wars: Episode III - Reveng
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Marco Polo (0) Marco Polo
First Kill (0) Father

Producer ( 4 credits )

Standoff (2016) executive producer
The Tank (2016) executive producer
Lady of Csejte (2015) executive producer
Cooties (2014) executive producer