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Real Name: Hayden Christensen
Birthday: 04/19/1981
Place of Birth: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Education: Unionville High School, Unionville, Ontario, Canada



Canadian talent Hayden Christensen, an attractive, muscular blond with dedicated fan support, was starting to create a sizeable acting profession for himself with supporting roles in television and a few projects in film work, when he shot to instant sexy celebrity status, taking the role of Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" (2002).

Even as the long anticipated film left some dedicated "Star Wars" followers let down, the unfamiliar actor was set to make the best of his break and show himself to be more than just an adorable face. His regular psychologically jarring role as dreadful young boy "Scott Barringer" in the boring Fox Family Channel serial "Higher Ground" (2000) made the success for him very likely, by showing that he was able to portray the darker areas of his Darth Vader making character.

The Toronto born actor has completed work on projects produced and filmed in his home country Canada, starting with the German & Canadian television serial production "Macht der Leidenschaft - Family Passions" during 1994. He also had a role in the direct to video release "Street Law", and in 1995 took a small cameo role as a newspaper boy in John Carpenter's weird adventure movie "In the Mouth of Madness". 

He continued with television and film work, taking starring roles in adaptations of work by two famous, but different, authors with roles in the science fiction spoof,  "Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron" (1995), and the thrilling tale "Danielle Steele's No Greater Love" (1996). The young entertainer added up credits in  young teen age type projects, with guest appearances on the series "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" and "The Famous Jett Jackson", and a starring role as a young teenage boy distressed by threatening puppets in the FOX primetime film special "Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy III".

2000 was a good year for the up and coming actor, who started with his recurring starring role on "Higher Ground". He had worked with the FOX Family Channel earlier with a small role in the airplane accident disaster film "Free Fall" (1999), and definitely had the shows sexiest character, playing a drug addicted loser whose bad ways were traced back to a disturbing situation with his inappropriately seductive stepmother. The role won the hearts of his female classmates at Mt. Horizon, a hard-knocks high school in the middle of nowhere, and the actor was also successful in captivating viewers who responded to his strapping and compelling role.

He was next hired and cast in Sofia Coppola's film "The Virgin Suicides" with Kirsten Dunst (2002), playing Jake, an academic self-starter given authorization to join three other young boys as chaperones for the four attractive but sheltered Lisbon sisters. Even though the part was small, he gave a charismatic portrayal as the self-conscious young man. That year also saw him land a supporting role in ABC's nightmare horrors of heroin addiction show "Trapped in a Purple Haze." 

Amusingly, that production also starred Jonathan Jackson, who was long thought a shoe-in for the part on Anakin Skywalker. A short time after the shows airing, Hayden had already accepted the role, apparently due to the great on set chemistry with already cast co-star Natalie Portman, and without question  helped by his astounding gift of altering his appearance from adorable to evil with a blink of his blue eyes. Further strengthening his position as a sexy celebrity and movie star, he produced a highly admired supporting role performance as the drug using, pill popping, pompous young teenage son of Kevin Kline in the well done film "Life as a House" (2001). 

In spite of of all this success, when "Attack of the Clones" was released during 2002 to better then expected reviews, many critics and audiences were not won over by the Anakin / Padme tale and romantic mess, and his role was sometimes weighed down by George Lucas' fondness for broken, slow, and non uniform dialogue.

Portraying the young adult side of a character as engrained in American popular culture as Darth Vader, proved to be a challenge for the young actor. 

After Star Wars,  he took a solid step in breaking the "Anakin" mold with his role in "Shattered Glass" (2003), a movie variation of the factual story of Stephen Glass, an up-and-coming New Republic columnist who loses it all when it was uncovered that he had regularly made up facts, figures, quotes and complete stories. 

When the actor reprised his role of Anakin and Darth Vader for "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" with Samuel L. Jackson (2005), his version of the besieged Jedi was much more convincing than his first try as Skywalker, and at last gives in to the Dark Side. He mentally gave everything he had to the part, pumping up with muscle and body tone so he could believably play Vader in the traditional armor.

Next he moved on to the romantic drama "Factory Girl" (2006) with Jimmy Fallon, based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, and concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol and a folk singer. He was then cast in the drama thriller "Awake" (2007) starring Jessica Alba. The story focuses on a man who suffers "anesthetic awareness" and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery. His young wife must wrestle with her own demons as a drama unfolds around them.

He ended 2007 with the comedy romance "Virgin Territory" (2007) about a young Florentines regale in the Italian countryside while the black plague decimates their city. He was cast in the blockbuster action adventure "Jumper" (2008) about how an inherited abnormality allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. 

The rising celebrity had three projects during 2008 including "New York, I Love You" (2008) with big name stars including Scarlett Johansson, Orlando Bloom and Kevin Bacon, an anthology film joining several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York. 

Next was the war drama "Beast of Bataan" 2008 about how at the end of WW2, four young military lawyers must defend Gen. Homma from the charge of being responsible of the infamous 'Bataan Death March'. Finally, he appeared in the creepy science fiction film "Neuromancer" (2009) about a man was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway, jacking his consciousness into cyberspace.


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