Hayden Christensen Explains Why He Retired From Movies After Playing Anakin Skywalker

The actor spent five years on hiatus before deciding to return to acting.

Stop to be happy. This may sound like a self-help quote, but it’s just what Hayden Christensen did after becoming a star thanks to Star Wars. After appearing in a couple of movies, the actor was catapulted to fame by the work and grace of George Lucas. At that time he was only 20 years old and the popularity hit was strong. He spent a few years from red carpet to red carpet, decorating the folders of millions of teenagers around the world, but soon after he secluded himself on a small farm in Canada..

“I felt like I had achieved something great with Star Warsthat it would open many doors for me and I would form a career, but I also saw that it was something given away, ”explained the interpreter during an interview with LA Times in 2015.”I didn’t want to live my life feeling like I had ridden the wave.”. Christensen had been cast in one of the most anticipated movies of the year at the same time he was receiving a Golden Globe nomination for the house of my life (2001). It seemed like he had a great future ahead of him, but, as has happened with many co-stars, the magnitude of Star Wars finished him off


Hayden Christensen at the ‘Obi Wan Kenobi’ Premiere

Attack of the clones It was not very well received, like the sequel, revenge of the sith. Critics battered Christensen’s work while he was in the spotlight. Sometime in 2008 it was too much for him and he bought a farm. “I plan to start building soon. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty. They grow hay there now, but I want to fill the barn with cattle: first pigs, then cows and horses“, he assured. He moved there with his wife, Rachel Bilson, with whom he had a son a few years later, in 2014. “I take everything with caution. I don’t want it to be part of my job to talk about who I’m dating and what I’m doing outside of my work life.“.

Rachel Bilson’s Instagram

After the shake of Star Wars several years of mediocre productions have passed, of which it is only worth highlighting Jumper (2008). The interpreter was not happy with the direction he was taking and stopped, knowing that this was going to harm his career. “You can’t take years off and have it not affect you“, he admitted. “In a strange, a little destructive way, there was something attractive about it for me. There was something that said to me: ‘If this time out is going to be detrimental to my career, then so be it. If I can come back afterwards and work my way up again, then maybe I feel like I’ve earned it.”

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When he came back he did it with 90 Minutes in Heaven (2015) and followed with First Kill (2017) or Little Italy (2018), all of them unremarkable films, even with direct-to-video releases. His most prominent roles in recent years are owed, again, to the franchise Star Wars. The actor returned to the point of view with Obi Wan Kenobi, the Disney+ miniseries about the Jedi and his relationship with the villain Darth Vader. Hayden Christensen has never come back after signing for Star Warsbut who can blame him? He has just what he wants to be happy.