Most people are known for having ventured into the entertainment industry because of their passion, talent, and love for the arts. However, there are still a few whose excursion into the entertainment industry is the result of coincidence. Hayden Christensen, the acclaimed actor, model, and accomplished film producer, is one such person. Through a chance encounter, he was placed in his first commercial for Pringles.
According to sources, Hayden was discovered at the age of six when his sister Hejsa Christensen, a former trampoline champion, took him on a hunt for an agent to manage her career. Hayden was only taken along because there was no one to watch over him, but this special trip earned him his first commercial shot with Pringles. Today, the accomplished entertainer has appeared in several films, television series, and several other commercials. He is one of the most popular names in the entertainment industry and has won several prizes and awards during his career.
The versatile entertainer was born on April 19, 1981, in Vancouver. His Danish father, David Christensen, is a computer programmer and works as a Canadian communications expert. His mother, Alie Christensen, the American, is also in the communications business and works as a speechwriter. Although Hayden Christensen was born in Vancouver, the aspiring entertainer grew up in Toronto with his siblings Tove Christensen, his older brother who is an actor and producer, Hejsa Christensen, his older sister, and former trampoline champion, and Kaylen Christensen, his younger sister.
As Hayden grew up, he attended Unionville High School, E. J. Sand High School and Baythorn Public School, which he graduated from in 1995. He also attended the Actors Studio in New York City. His excursion into acting began with commercials for Pringles, Triamine Cough Juice, and several others.
Hayden Christensen’s Career
The young actor began his professional acting career in 1993 on the set of Macht Der Leidenschaft/Family Passions, a Canadian television series. He then appeared in several films and television series, including Goosebumps, Mouth of Madness, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Forever Knight, and Virgin Suicides. With his growing body of work, it was his appearance in Higher Ground, a Fox Family TV series, that took him to a new level of fame in 2000. In 2005 Hayden made his Broadway debut.
From 2006 to the present day, the famous actor has expanded his film and television series portfolio with titles including Awake, Jumper, New Yor I Love You, Virgin Territory, Vanishing, Little Italy, Takers, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Hayden Christensen also played the lead role in the American-Chinese Canadian action drama Outcast.
The renowned entertainer has acquired a considerable fortune thanks to his many years of activity in the entertainment industry. Hayden Christensen has accumulated a total net worth of $12 million through his acting career. He owes a large part of his net worth to the commercials and brand recommendations he has done in the past.
Wife, Daughter, and Split with Rachel Bilson
Hayden Christensen began a romantic relationship with the famous actress, Rachel Bilson, in 2007 after they first met in August of the previous year during the shooting of the film Jumper. They took their relationship to a new level with an official engagement in 2008 but canceled it two years later in 2010. Their separation was only brief, and after three months they got back together. On October 29, 2014, the couple welcomed a daughter named Briar Rose. Unfortunately, their relationship broke up for a second time, and in September 2017 they finally separated for good.
Although many assume that the couple was married, they never actually entered into the bond of marriage. The actor is still unmarried, and it is not yet known whether he will be reunited with her after his separation from Rachel.
Before Rachel Bilson, Hayden Christensen definitely had his fair share of dates and relationships in the past. His name has been associated with several women in the industry. In 2001, he was dating actress Natalie Portman, the duo fought on the set of the movie Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, although their relationship was short-lived.
From 2001 to 2002 he was with Reena Hamer, a business manager; their relationship lasted just over a year before they separated. His next rumored relationship was with Eva Longoria, the TV actress, in 2005, although at that time Eva was married to Tony Parker, who is a well-known basketball player. The renowned actor became close to Sienna Miller when they worked together on the film Factory Girl, which the duo briefly shot in 2006.