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Hayden Christensen Reveals Why He Disappeared From Hollywood After 'Star Wars' Prequels

Hayden Christensen Reveals Why He Disappeared From Hollywood After 'Star Wars' Prequels

Hayden Christensen is opening up about why he essentially left the Hollywood spotlight after starring in the Star Wars prequels years ago.

“I guess I felt like I had this great thing in ‘Star Wars’ that provided all these opportunities and gave me a career, but it all kind of felt a little too handed to me,” the 34-year-old actor recently told the Los Angeles Times. “I didn’t want to go through life feeling like I was just riding a wave.”

“You can’t take years off and not have it affect your career,” Hayden added. “But I don’t know – in a weird, sort of destructive way, there was something appealing about that to me. There was something in the back of my head that was like, ‘If this time away is gonna be damaging to my career, then so be it. If I can come back afterward and claw my way back in, then maybe I’ll feel like I earned it.’”

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  • lshelton22

    Uh… he has no talent and the movies showed that. Not surprised that he couldn’t find work and was basically shown the door. Even Natalie Portman, who bombed in those movies, too, had a hard time getting work. But um however he wants to spin this now.

  • smooshy


  • graymeredith

    If you think he has no talent, watch Life As A House and stop talking sh*t about people

  • lshelton22

    LMAO, how pathetic that you stan for this nobody. Have better taste.

  • graymeredith

    It’s not your business about my taste, you’re just a troll anyway

  • lshelton22

    You’re a loser with bad taste.

  • Jeff Mackey

    Every bad actor has at least one good performance. His performances in Jumper, Purple Haze, Takers, Awake and Vanshing on 7th Street were all abysmal. I enjoyed some of these films including Shattered Glass but boy howdy are his expressions shallow, his line delivery bland and his uninterested facial expressions such a turn off.

  • Jeff Mackey

    It works with some degree for his Anakin character being that if you’re a Skywalker, you’re going to be a whiny bitch who racks up a high body count but he overall has zero charisma.

  • teenygozer

    Kind of a dumb reason not to work: “it was too easy.” Seriously? I believe “First World problems” is what we have here.

  • plez

    It’s funny that he thought he was on some great wave. I always thought he was a terrible actor that Hollywood was trying to make into their “it” guy but the public wasn’t buying it.

  • Six

    I agree, he was great in that.

  • Wendy

    I don’t care what any of y’all say, I loved the movie ‘Jumper’ lol

  • Delores Pauldo

    Natalie didn’t bomb in those movies at all. She has talent and worth every penny she got. About this interview i am sure he didn’t say all are that. Natalie didn’t have a hard time getting work after star wars movies. She still got work. Why people down her and him?

  • Gina

    I respect his thought process.

  • Delores Pauldo

    No matter what he said in the interview some are it was written wrong. Hayden was given achance to become a great actor. You can’t give up on because are what people say. He wasn’t trying to be a it guy. People didn’t give him a chance. It always was someone else they wanted to have in their movies. Yes he did talk about people. Don’t think he said all those things that was mention. Star wars made him get noticed. And he did a few movies I like takers and jumper. Everyone should know that he lives in Canada permanently. No reason to blame yourself where you live. You wasn’t at home that much not to get any work. Time off being around Rachel bilson was a mistake and not getting any work was wrong.That’s where the real problem lie. If you break up with someone stop being around them and forcus on work instead being around your ex girlfriend . He didn’

  • Pyrrho’s Pal

    Actually, Natalie Portman’s career was nearly destroyed by the Star Wars films, as she has discussed herself: Truth be told, the scripts for the prequels were dreck, and the acting was horribly over-directed. Combine these factors with Christiansen’s teenage over-emotionalism, and you just had a perfect recipe for disaster. It’s be interesting to see if he can make it back though.

  • Delores Pauldo

    That’s not what really happen about him taking time off. Star wars was his start to do something great with his acting. But still you don’t quit doing work. That got nothing to do what going on now with his work. Other actors don’t feel that they earned it either but that don’t quit for no realationship reasons. Hayden toyed around with his career being around Rachel bilson. That’s the real reason his career haven’t been great. You got to work no matter what. Without those star wars movies no one would have known Hayden christensen. Hayden did do a great job in those movies so did Natalie. Natalie worked on get passed those star wars movies. He didn’t at all and that before he moved back to Canada permanently. He should have worked on some movies and leave the relationships alone.Rachel bilson is the real reason now that he not working. Want to him to be around her so much. Just because he was trying then there she come running behind all the time.Shouldn’t be so hard on himself that he did not do any work like he suppose to. That is the way he wanted to be. He didn’t audition for any movies but he can fool around with Rachel. Can’t get work doing that when she is around. He had a chance to get rid are her two times. Each time he hook back with her and now there is child in this mess. Should blame his relationship problem instead are star wars or time off from acting. You got to work and can’t keep taking time off for no reason. Are leave Rachel alone.

  • Cynthia Foxe

    he was unhirable after such miserable narcissistic performances.

  • Cynthia Foxe

    he alwlys seemd snooty as heck.

  • Cynthia Foxe

    lest we forget, mr lucas also made HOWARD THE DUCK after the first big starry wars. hee hee

  • CanYouSeeMe

    lmao at his 4 stans defending him to the death in here. his career is over because he can’t act

  • KMoGame

    I find it interesting that people are burning him so hard for his acting. It sounds almost like he acknowledges that. He feels his career was handed to him, perhaps that means he doesn’t feel he deserved it. Who knows, maybe when he comes back he will be better.

  • JustinBailey

    It was a great premise that was poorly executed. It had its moments and Samuel L Jackson made the film something of a cult classic. Other than that it was forgettable.

  • suzybel

    I thought he suited his roles and he wasn’t a bad actor. I’d really love to see all his critics get up there and do a better job.

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  • Marina Tish

    That’s most unusual of a Holliwood actor. Very down-to-earth and noble.

  • BoomingEchoes

    He really didn’t disappear though, take a step back maybe, but “disappear implies he hasn’t worked since ‘Sith’, which just isn’t true.

    Either way, he’s not as bad as everyone says he is. The major problem was his breakout role was such an iconic one, that was directed by a guy who wouldn’t accept notes from other people (sorry George but it’s well documented), which means EVERYONE in those movies come out looking terrible. He was working with what was given to him, while being directed by a strict creator. That’s pretty hard to deal with.

    Since then the few movies I have seen him in have been pretty great. ‘Jumper’ and ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’ both stand out to me.

    Besides, he married Rachel Bilson, whether his carrer is trashed now or not, he’s still got a pretty big pot of luck left do draw from.

  • BoomingEchoes

    No one made him an “it guy” but George Lucas. People decided from there if they liked him or not… and most didn’t. An “it guy” would have gotten a lot more roles after those 2 high profile sequels, but he didn’t. Those movies hurt a lot of peoples careers (pretty sure Portman said it almost destroyed hers)

  • BoomingEchoes

    Sure, you pretty randomly get picked out of so many to play one of the most iconic roles in cinema history, just to have your performance panndd by pretty much everyone and their mother, and you’d be humbled (or stay that way) too.

    Not saying he doesn’t sound like a decend guy, he really does, but when you look at it he was put on a really tough, high, pedestal to stand on and was promptly knocked off it.

  • BoomingEchoes

    People burn him for star wars and won’t let off about it to allow an unbiased opinion about anything else he’s done; but that wasn’t his fault, it was Lucas.

    Watch any number of videos around the net, or even on the prequel dvds, and it’s clear Lucas wasn’t taking notes from anyone when creating those movies. He’d throw fits if they tried. Then he had to go direct people to act exactly how he thought these characters would be like, which included Anikin being a whining possessive brat. Actors have come out since and said those movies hurt their careers, Hayden just doesn’t come out and says that those movies have, he’s taking a higher, more grateful, road.