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Hayden Christensen

Hayden Christensen
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Hayden Christensen Biography

Hayden Christensen made headlines in the spring of 2000, when director George Lucas announced that the 19-year-old actor would play the much-coveted role of Anakin Skywalker in Episode II and Episode III of the venerable Star Wars franchise. Born in Vancouver but raised in Toronto, Canada, Hayden Christensen became involved with Canadian television productions at a young age and carried his skills over to American TV movies and series in the late '90s. Though he would appear briefly in 1999's The Virgin Suicides for director Sofia Coppola -- a family friend of Lucas' -- it was Hayden Christensen's work in the Fox Family Channel's drama series Higher Ground which convinced Lucas to give the actor a reading. Adamant in his desire to find new talent for the role, Lucas passed over such potential adolescent Anakins as Ryan Phillippe, Jonathon Jackson, and even Leonardo DiCaprio in favor of Christensen. It remains to be seen whether the young actor will survive the typecasting that a similarly unknown Mark Hamill suffered some two and a half decades prior, in Episode IV. Read Full Bio >>

Hayden Christensen Awards

2008 Razzie Awards Worst Screen Couple Awake (2007), Good Luck Chuck (2007) and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). Nominated
2008 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight Jumper (2008). Nominated
2006 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actor Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). Nominated
2006 Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). Won
2006 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). Won

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Hayden Christensen Trivia

  • Brother of Tove Christensen.
  • Hayden Christensen has a younger sister, named Kaylen (1984)
  • Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
  • Was discovered when his older sister Hejsa, a former trampoline champion, was shopping around for an agent. No one was home to baby-sit him so he went along and it was suggested that he get an agent himself.
  • Attended Unionville High School, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Hayden Christensen is one of Teen People Magazine's "25 Hottest Stars under 25" [2002]
  • Resides in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
  • Attended Unionville High School, Markham, Ontario.
  • Hayden Christensen fractured his hand during the filming of a rather violent scene in Life as a House in which his character hits a wall.
  • Grew up playing competitive tennis and hockey.
  • A digital rendering of Hayden appears in the 2004 DVD version of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), as the spirit of Anakin Skywalker. This replaced Sebastian Shaw as the ghostly image that appears beside Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda at the end of the film.
  • Said in an interview that he was unaware that George Lucas had digitally replaced the late Sebastian Shaw with his image for the DVD release of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983).
  • Shares a birthday with Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno.
  • Graduated from Baythorn Public School in 1995.
  • Was a "ball boy" at the Canadian Open tennis matches. Jumped out too soon during a match in which John McEnroe was playing, causing an interruption in play.
  • He, his brother, and their friends, "kidnap" one another on each of their birthdays, drive to a location unknown to the birthday-boy, and then spend the day riding dirt-bikes.

Hayden Christensen Photos

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    "Live! with Regis and Kelly" - August 19, 2010 - Arrivals

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    "Takers" Hollywood Premiere - Arrivals

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    The Premiere Of "Takers" - Las Vegas

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    "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" - August 16, 2010 - Arrivals

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    "The Lazarus Effect" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

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    18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards - Arrivals

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