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Will you all stop asking me how I feel about sand?

I love acting because it's a bit of an escape. It gives you the ability to reinvent yourself. They say that acting is the shy man's revenge.

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Hayden Christensen (born April 19, 1981 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a American-Canadian actor.

He began his career on Canadian television at the age of 13, then went into US television in the late 1990s. The role that made his fame is undeniably Anakin Skywalker, the troubled young Jedi prodigy who would fall to The Dark Side and become Darth Vader, in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

He would eventually grow dissatisfied with the Hollywood lifestyle and purchase a farm in Ontario, which he spends his time tending to. He still takes roles here and there, but his A-List days seemed to be well behind him...until 2021, when it was revealed that he would be returning to the Star Wars franchise, once again wearing the black armor and cape of the franchise's marquee villain, Darth Vader, in the interquel series Obi-Wan Kenobi. The favorable reaction this garnered from the fanbase has also led to Christensen saying he'd be open to a series focusing on Vader himself.


He was involved with actress Rachel Bilson from 2007 to 2017, and they have a daughter together. They first met while filming Jumper.

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Tropes associated with his work:

  • Celebrity Is Overrated: Although he loves acting (describing it once as "the shy man's revenge"), Hayden is a famously private and introverted person who prefers a peaceful life in the countryside away from the public eye.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: In his role as the rebellious teenage son in Life as a House, he dyed his hair black or very dark brown to go with the characters goth appearance.
    • For his most famous role, as Anakin Skywalker, he gained a lot of weight under a strict diet and workout program to portray the character's older, more battle worn version in Revenge of the Sith. On the other hand, his iconic long hair in this movie was actually a wig made to resemble his natural hair.
  • Fake American: He has played several American characters, most notably the infamous journalist Stephen Glass, but he is actually Canadian.
  • I Am Not Spock: Averted. He will always be known as Anakin Skywalker and he seems pretty content about it.
  • Nice Guy: Seems friendly, classy and polite in interviews, and has a sense of humor, even at one point joking with the fans about his character' s most infamous lines of dialogue from the Star Wars prequels.
  • Older Than They Look: He looks about a decade younger than he really is.
  • Playing Against Type: Most of his characters have been shy, soft spoken or angsty young men in one way or another, making the exceptions (such as his Bob Dylan inspired Musician character in Factory Girl an example of this.
  • Pretty Boy: In spades. His intense eyes are one feature people often comment on.
  • Promoted Fanboy: He was a fan of the original Star Wars (and of Darth Vader in particular) before he got the part of Anakin. Apparently, in his excitement, he ruined many takes by actually making lightsaber sounds during fight scenes.
  • Reclusive Artist: Famously so, he is said to be an introverted person who prefers a quiet lifestyle.
  • Role Reprise: 14 years after Revenge of the Sith, he got a series of job offers from Lucasfilm to play Anakin again, starting with a voice-over cameo at the end of The Rise of Skywalker, followed by an in-person reprisal of Darth Vader, and a Force Spirit in Ahsoka.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • He is said to have carefully studied the original Star Wars trilogy in an attempt to mimic Darth Vader's speech patterns and cadence, as well as movements and body posture, which he then tried to incorporate to his own portrayal of Anakin Skywalker. The result is a performance that can superficially appear wooden at first, as well as a rather monotonous speech, but both make a lot more sense when compared to Vader's mannerisms and speech from the original trilogy. Although some fans disliked Hayden's performance, many others noticed this and credit the actor for his keen attention to detail.
    • He also studied as much as he could the personality, mannerisms and speech patterns of Stephen Glass for the film Shattered Glass resulting in a generally acclaimed performance.
      • When asked to reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader for the Obi Wan Kenobi show, he watched Episodes II and III, as well as The Clone Wars and other shows involving his character post Episode III to both refresh his memory and get a better understanding of his character's personality and experiences throughout the years.
  • Star-Making Role: Anakin Skywalker of course. Interestingly, his most acclaimed role may have been Stephen Glass in the much more discrete Shattered Glass.