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Hayden Christensen

Real name: Hayden Christensen
Birthdate: April 19, 1981
Status: N/A
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Biography

Christensen, the third of four children, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Alie, a speechwriter for the heads of large companies, and David Christensen, a software program writer. His father is of Danish/English descent and his mother has Italian/Swedish ancestry.

Christensen's first acting role was on the television series Family Passions, which aired on Canadian television in September of 1993, at age of twelve. The following year he acquired a minor role in John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness. 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?.

He acquired wider notice while starring in Fox's Family Network TV series, Higher Ground in 2000, portraying a teen who was sexually molested by his stepmother, who then turned to drugs in his despair.

While 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, the performance didn't receive widespread public notice. For his part in the movie, Christensen lost 25 pounds through a special diet. He eventually gained the weight back during the filming for a later film, Star Wars Episode III.

His role as Anakin Skywalker (who was previously played by Sebastian Shaw and Jake Lloyd) in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) made him a star. Although his performance was met with mixed reviews, he became very popular, being named in both People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People and Teen People Magazine's 25 Hottest Stars under 25, and also was named in a local Singapore magazine as Prettiest Villain. He went on to receive good reviews for 2003's Shattered Glass, which tells the true story of journalist Stephen Glass, who was discovered fabricating stories as a writer for The New Republic, a national political magazine.

More favorable critical response came Christensen's way with the final Star Wars film Revenge of the Sith (2005), in which Anakin gradually converts to the dark side, finally transformed by the lies of Emperor Palpatine into Darth Vader. Stock footage of Hayden's head was used in the controversial 2004 DVD release of Return of the Jedi, where it was inserted over the original actor, Sebastian Shaw's face. The body is still Shaw's, however. Hayden insists this was done without his knowledge, an act that is 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.

Christensen was the subject of part of London photographer Sam Taylor-Wood's photographic series called Crying Men (2002-2004), which also features 26 other actors in private moments of reflection. He was named one of People Magazine's "50 Hottest Bachelors" of 2005 and was chosen by Teen People as one of the "25 hottest stars under 25" in 2005.

He prefers to keep his personal life private. He tends to be "linked" with co-stars such as Natalie Portman, Sienna Miller, and Rachel Bilson. Hayden has refused to reveal his sexual orientation, saying that he prefers to keep people guessing. He declared: "To me, masculinity is the ability to flirt with the effeminate."



 


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