Alden Ehrenreich is an American actor who has appeared in many Hollywood movies and a few television shows. He started his career with a guest role in the popular TV series ‘Supernatural’. After appearing in a short film ‘Switcheroo’, he made his feature film debut with a role in the drama film ‘Tetro’. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Ehrenreich was next seen in Coppola’s horror thriller film ‘Twixt’. The film was a commercial failure and was also met with negative reviews. The young actor then went on to play the lead role in the American fantasy film ‘Beautiful Creatures’, which too didn’t do well commercially. Ehrenreich’s work in the comedy film ‘Hail, Caesar!’ can be considered the most significant work in his career so far. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the film was a huge success commercially and also received positive reviews. Ehrenreich was nominated for several awards for his performance. More recently, he played one of the main roles in the war film ‘The Yellow Birds’. It was directed by Alexandre Moors. Besides his acting career, he is also the co-founder of ‘The Collectin’ a film and theatre company.
Childhood & Early Life
Alden Caleb Ehrenreich was born to a Jewish family in Los Angeles, California, on 22nd November 1989. His mother, Sari, is an interior designer while his father, Mark, is an accountant. He was named after Phil Alden Robinson, an Oscar nominated and Emmy award winning film director.
Alden studied at the Palisades Elementary School where he also began acting. After finishing his high school education, he enrolled at the New York University. However, he didn’t complete his degree.
In 2009, with his friend Zoe Worth he co-founded ‘The Collectin’ a theatre and film group which consists of actors, writers, producers and directors.
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Alden Ehrenreich was discovered by Hollywood director Steven Spielberg at a birthday party. With Spielberg’s support, the young boy began his acting career with a guest role in the famous American fantasy horror series ‘Supernatural’ in the year 2005. The following year, he played a guest role in the police drama series ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’.
In 2008, he appeared in the short film ‘Switcheroo!’ which was directed by Dan Basham. His first significant role came in the 2009 film ‘Tetro’, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who also produced the movie. The film was met with positive reviews from critics. The same year, he appeared in another short film named ‘Greased!’
His next important role was in the 2011 horror film ‘Twixt’. Written, directed, and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, the film told the story of a writer named Hall Baltimore and his encounter with supernatural forces. The same year, Ehrenreich appeared in a short film ‘The Dentist’.
Ehrenreich played the lead role in the 2013 romantic fantasy film ‘Beautiful Creatures’. Directed by Richard LaGravenese, the movie was based on a novel of the same name by Kami Garcia. The film was a financial disappointment and was met with mixed reviews. He next appeared in the psychological thriller drama ‘Stoker’. The film didn’t do well commercially, but was met with mostly positive reviews. It was also nominated for many awards.
In 2013, he appeared in Woody Allen’s Oscar nominated black comedy drama film ‘Blue Jasmine’. It told the story of Jasmine, a rich socialite, who after falling into hard times, has to move into her working class sister’s apartment. The film was nominated for many awards, wining most of them. Allen himself earned an Oscar nomination in the category of ‘Best Original Screenplay’. The film was also a huge commercial success.
Ehrenreich’s next important role was in the 2016 comedy film ‘Hail, Caesar!’, which is also the most important work in his career so far. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the film was a commercial success, earning nearly three times its budget. The film was nominated for many awards including an Oscar in the category of ‘Best Production Design’. Ehrenreich was also nominated for many awards for his role.
He played a supporting role in the romantic comedy drama film ‘Rules Don’t Apply’ in 2016. The film was a commercial disaster though it received average reviews and also won two awards. In 2017, he appeared in the war film ‘The Yellow Birds’ which is his most recent work so far. In 2018, he will be seen playing the lead role in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’. It is based on a character named Hans Solo of the Star Wars franchise.
Alden Ehrenreich played a supporting role in the 2013 black comedy drama film ‘Blue Jasmine’. Written and directed by Woody Allen, the film also starred Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alex Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard in main roles. The film was a commercial success, grossing nearly a hundred million on a budget of $18 million. The film won many awards including one Oscar for Cate Blanchett for ‘Best Actress’.
‘Hail, Caesar!’, a 2016 comedy film, is the most significant work so far in Ehrenreich’s career. Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, the film was a commercial success, earning almost three times its budget. Ehrenreich played one of the main roles alongside other actors like Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Scarlett Johansson. The film was met with positive reviews.
The 2017 war film ‘The Yellow Birds’ is the most recent work in Alden Ehrenreich’s filmography. Directed by Alexandre Moore, the film was based on a book of the same name by Kevin Powers. With Ehrenreich in a significant role, the film also had other actors like Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, Jason Patrick, and Jennifer Aniston. The film was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017, and is set to be released theatrically in the spring of 2018.
Awards & Achievements
Alden Ehrenreich has been nominated for several awards in his career so far. He was nominated for the ‘Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Actor’, ‘Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor’ and ‘International Online Cinema Award for Best Supporting Actor’ for his outstanding performance in the comedy film ‘Hail, Caesar’.
Alden Ehrenreich is currently dating Kelsey McNamee. Previously he had dated Zoe Worth from 2008 to 2011.