Hayden Christensen

Hayden Christensen (born April 19, 1981) is a Canadian actor. He appeared in Canadian television programs when he was young, then diversified into American television in the late 1990s. He moved on to minor acting roles before being praised for his role of Sam in Life as a House, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. He gained international fame portraying the young Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Christensen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the son of Alie, a speechwriter for the heads of large companies, and David Christensen, a computer programmer and communications executive. His father is of Danish descent and his mother has Swedish and Italian ancestry.Christensen has an older brother and sister, Tove and Hejsa, and a younger sister, Kaylen. Raised outside Toronto in Thornhill, Ontario, Christensen attended E.J. Sand Public School, Baythorn Public School and Unionville High School in Unionville, Ontario, Canada. He was an athlete in high school, playing hockey competitively and tennis on a provincial level.

He spent summers in Long Island with his maternal grandmother, Rose Schwartz, and attended the Actors Studio in New York as well as the Arts York program for drama at his high school. He was "discovered" when his older sister Hejsa, a former trampoline champion, was shopping around for an agent after he landed a role in a Pringles commercial.

In 2007, Christensen began dating actress Rachel Bilson, whom he had met the previous year while filming Jumper. They became engaged on December 25, 2008. In August 2010, they officially called off their engagement and ended their relationship. 'Distance' was reportedly one of the main reasons for their split.Three months later, in November 2010, it was reported that Bilson and Christensen have begun dating again. Previously, he has been "romantically linked" with Factory Girl co-star Sienna Miller and Star Wars co-star Natalie Portman. He currently resides in Uxbridge north of Toronto, Ontario.

Christensen performed a public service announcement for Do Something's Teens for Jeans Campaign in 2008. He appeared as a model in Louis Vuitton's advertising and was also named as the face of Lacoste's newest fragrance, Lacoste Challenge. Featured in RED’s new Lazarus Effect Campaign, which is intended to increase awareness for its efforts to fight AIDS in Africa.

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Everytime I quit doesn't mean I'm giving up,
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