Most people have been known to venture into the entertainment industry as a result of their passion, talent and love for the arts. However, there are still a few whose foray into the entertainment industry is as a result of happenstance. Hayden Christensen, the celebrated actor, model and accomplished movie producer is one of such people. He was placed in his first commercial for Pringles by a chance encounter.
According to sources, Hayden was discovered at age six when his sister Hejsa Christensen, a former trampoline champion, took him along on a hunt for an agent to manage her career. Hayden was only taken along solely because there was no one was available to babysit him but that particular outing earned him his first commercial which was with Pringles. Today, the accomplished entertainer has featured in several movies, television series, and several more commercials. He is one of the popular names in the entertainment industry and has bagged a few awards and accolades in his career.
The versatile entertainer was born in Vancouver on the 19th of April 1981. His Danish father, David Christensen, is a computer programmer and works as a Canadian communication executive, his mother, Alie Christensen, who is American, is also involved in the communication business and works as a speechwriter. Though Hayden Christensen was born in Vancouver, the aspiring entertainer grew up in Toronto along 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.
Growing up, Hayden attended Unionville High School, E. J. Sand High School and Baythorn Public School where he graduated from in 1995. He also attended the Actors Studio located in New York City. His foray into acting started with commercials for Pringles, Triaminic Cough Syrup and a few others.
Hayden Christensen’s Career
The young performer started his professional acting career in 1993 on the set of Macht Der Leidenschaft/Family Passions which is a Canadian TV series. He followed it up by appearing in a few movies and TV 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 performance in Higher Ground, a Fox FamilyTV series, that took him to a new level of fame in 2000. In 2005, Hayden made his Broadway debut.
From 2006 till present, the famed actor has increased his movie and television series portfolio with titles like 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 starred in the American-Chinese-Canadian action drama Outcast.
The renowned entertainer has garnered a pretty net worth thanks to his many years in the entertainment industry. Hayden Christensen has accumulated a total net worth of $12 million through his acting career. He owes a huge part of his net worth to the commercials and brand endorsements he has undertaken in the past.
Wife, Daughter and Split with Rachel Bilson
Hayden Christensen started a romantic relationship with famous actress Rachel Bilson in 2007 after their first meeting in August the previous year while shooting the film Jumper. They took their relationship to a new level with an official engagement in 2008 but called it off two years later in 2010. Their separation was brief and they got back together after three months. On the 29th of October 2014, the couple welcomed a daughter named Briar Rose. Unfortunately, their relationship hit the rocks a second time and in September 2017, they finally split for good.
Though many assume the couple were married, they actually never tied the knot. The actor is still unmarried and there’s no word yet as to if he has started dating again after his split with Rachel.
Prior to Rachel Bilson, Hayden Christensen definitely had his fair share of dating and relationships in the past. His name has been linked with several women in the industry. He was involved with actress Natalie Portman in 2001, the duo hit it off on the set of the movie Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, although their relationship was shortlived.
From 2001 to 2002, he dated Reena Hamer, a business manager; their relationship lasted for a little over a year before they separated. His next rumoured relationship was in 2005 with Eva Longoria, the television actress; though, at the time, Eva was married to Tony Parker who is a known basketball player. The renowned actor became close to Sienna Miller while they were working together on the film Factory Girl, the duo dated briefly in 2006.