Seth Aaron Rogen (born April 15, 1982) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He often works with Judd Apatow and writing partner Evan Goldberg. Rogen has appeared in over 20 movies over his career.
A Vancouver native, Rogen started out doing stand-up before getting supporting parts in Apatow's TV series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. His first major film role was in Apatow's The 40-Year-Old Virgin (which he also co-produced), which solidified him as a member of the Frat Pack. Rogen then went on to star in Knocked Up, Funny People, and Observe and Report; he also co-wrote with Evan Goldberg the movies Superbad, Pineapple Express, and The Green Hornet. In 2011, he married screenwriter Lauren Miller. You probably don't know he was in Donnie Darko either. His directorial debut with Goldberg, This Is the End came out in 2013. He also co-directed The Interview with Goldberg, which caused a substantial amount of controversy in North Korea. In 2016, he co-produced Sausage Party with Golberg. Since 2016, he has been an executive producer and writer on the TV series Preacher, again along with Goldberg.
Tropes associated with Seth Rogen:
- Annoying Laugh: Lampshaded by his appearance on Jonathan Ross: "You've got an even weirder laugh than mine!" His laugh is so iconic that some foreign dubs of his films leave the laugh in rather than dubbing it.
- Anti-Hero: Tends to play these a lot in his movies.
- Aroused by Their Voice: Seth's deep, husky voice is very attractive.
- The Bear: He is hugely popular with men and women due to his facial hair and raspy voice.
- The Comically Serious: In his Freaks and Geeks audition tape. He talks to the camera completely stone-faced while crew members are laughing offscreen.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: He tends to play characters who have this dynamic, James Franco being the most common partner ("coincidentally" true in real life).
- Nice Guy: A kind man by nature, Rogen started "Hilarity for Charity" to campaign for funding for Alzheimer's research.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: When playing opposite James Franco he tends to be the comparatively laid back and rational blue oni.
- The Stoner: Is one himself, and it shows in the roles he plays.
- Younger Than They Look: Look at him in Freaks and Geeks as carefully as you possibly can. He was only 17, but managed to look far, far older than all the actors on the show who weren't really teenagers. In The 40-Year-Old Virgin, he was 22, but convincingly passed for a peer of the title character.