What happened to Emile Hirsch: From working with Sean Penn and Heath Ledger to spending 15 days in jail for attacking a woman

His collaboration with Quentin Tarantino in the movie ‘Once upon a time in… Hollywood’ reminded us of when he was sentenced for assault.

The moment when an actor or actress becomes a star is, as a rule, linked to a role that boosts their careers. In the case of Emile Hirsch that is the one of Chris McCandless in into wild routes. The film, directed by Sean Penn, was praised by critics and the public. It ended up nominated for a couple of Oscars and won a handful of awards. However, Hirsch’s life had a turning point when attacked a woman at a party and was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Born on March 13, 1985 in Los Angeles, California (United States), Hirsch began working as an actor in the late 1990s. His first role was in fiction. blood sect (1996) and also participated in series such as Martian things (1997), twin things (1999) and Sabrina, witch things (1999).

In 2004 he starred in The neighbor next doora romantic comedy with Elisha Cuthbert in the cast. the masters of dogtown It arrived in 2005 and in 2007 it was the turn of into wild routesan adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Jon Krakauer.

The film tells the true story of Christopher McCandlessa man who trekked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s. McCandless’s final days took place in a remote area of ​​a national park where he lived in an abandoned bus.

After into wild routesHirsch worked on Speed ​​Racer (2008) by sisters Lilly and Lana Wachowski, in the film starring Sean Penn My name is Harvey Milk. (2008) and in the film by Matthew McConaughey killer joe (2011).


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Emile Hirsch in ‘Once upon a time in… Hollywood’.

In 2015, an attack on a woman at a party brought him to justice. In February, Hirsch was charged with aggravated assault after strangling and strangling a Paramount Pictures executive in a club during the Sundance Film Festival. The interpreter stated that he did not remember anything of what happened since, while drunk, he took stimulants.

Months later, Hirsch pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. Sentence: 15 days in jail, a $4,750 fine, and 90 days probation. He was also ordered 50 hours of community service. After the event, Hirsch entered a rehabilitation center.

“I know that what I did was completely wrong, it was reckless and irresponsible,” he said at his trial. “I have no excuses for not remembering, I put those chemicals inside me”.

After his time in rehabilitation, he decided not to talk about what happened again: “I don’t think it’s something I’d like to talk about in interviews for the rest of my life, but I feel that people will naturally have questions about it. I don’t think that going into details is necessarily productive for me or anyone else. In the end, I was wrong. I screwed up. I’m so sorry.”

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Shortly after his release from rehab, Hirsch accepted a role in the film The Jane Doe Autopsy (2016). After that film he has continued working as an actor, but with less than successful titles. To be highlighted: In 2019 he gave life to Jay Sebring in the Quentin Tarantino film Once upon a time in… Hollywood. He has also voiced Jim in the Guillermo del Toro animated series trollhunters (2016).

Returning to the Tarantino film starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, his casting led actress Jameela Jamil to recall her 2015 incident. “Cool. Emile Hirsch strangled my little best friend until she passed out at a party in front of dozens of of witnesses at the Sundance Festival (and was sentenced) but Tarantino has just signed him in a movie. Intense case of white male privilege,” the interpreter of She-Hulk: Lawyer She-Hulk.

Looking ahead, Hirsch continues to work as an actor and has a few film projects in the works.

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