August 12, 2022

Hayden Christensen’s Daughter Helped Him Practice for ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’

Hayden Christensen Calls Daughter Briar Rose, 7, His ‘1st Lightsaber Training Partner’ Ahead of ‘Obi-Wan' Return

Hayden Christensen
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Sparring companions! Whereas Hayden Christensen has confirmed helpful with a lightsaber, he was many years out of form earlier than his Obi-Wan Kenobi return earlier than his daughter, Briar Rose, helped him get his expertise again into preventing kind.

“We now have a pair lightsabers kicking round the home,” the Little Italy actor, 41, stated of the 7-year-old throughout a Friday, June 24, look on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “She was my first lightsaber coaching companion once I got here again to the Obi-Wan present.”

Christensen, who reprised his function as Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader on the Disney+ miniseries, revealed that his daughter — whom he shares with ex Rachel Bilson — is conscious of one in every of his greatest roles.

Hayden Christensen Calls Daughter Briar Rose, 7, His ‘1st Lightsaber Training Partner’ Ahead of ‘Obi-Wan' Return
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“She is aware of Daddy’s Darth Vader, [but] she’s by no means seen Daddy as Darth Vader,” the Canada native advised host Jimmy Fallon. “I’m nonetheless ready a bit bit, , till that occurs. I’d present her the prequels quickly, however nonetheless, there’s some scenes we would must quick ahead by means of.”

Christensen and the Hart of Dixie alum, 40, beforehand welcomed their little woman in October 2014. Whereas the twosome break up three years later, they remained dutiful coparents.

“It’s been going fairly effectively,” Bilson advised Us Weekly solely in December 2020 of their dynamic. “It’s additionally good since you’re caught in the home [amid the coronavirus pandemic]. So, for her to have one other home to go to, I feel that’s truly been useful. So, all in all, it’s been good.”

She added: “[Briar’s] actually good, although. I’m actually fortunate [but] there’s that widespread line of, ‘Nicely, Mommy, if you happen to give me choices, I’m going to present you choices.’ She’s understanding and rebelling, like, ‘I don’t have to do that.’”

Because the pair continued elevating Briar and maintaining along with her numerous pursuits, Star Wars was not amongst them fairly but.

“Fortunately, she’s not conscious that her dad is without doubt one of the greatest villains of all time,” the O.C. alum advised Us on the time. “When that [time] comes, I don’t understand how that’ll in all probability fare at school as a result of no one will mess along with her!”

She continued: “She sees, like, I needed to tape an audition, so she’s form of conscious of what we do. And she or he’s conscious that there’s actors in her favourite reveals and stuff, so she has a tiny grasp, however I don’t suppose completely.”

Hayden Christensen Calls Daughter Briar Rose, 7, His ‘1st Lightsaber Training Partner’ Ahead of ‘Obi-Wan' Return

Hayden Christensen throughout an interview with Jimmy Fallon on June 24, 2022.
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Christensen — who dated the Take Two alum between 2007 and 2017 — rose to fame enjoying Anakin Skywalker within the Star Wars prequel trilogy, together with 2002’s Star Wars: Episode II – Assault of the Clones and 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Anakin, who was ultimately revealed to be infamous villain Darth Vader, returned in Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi collection reverse Ewan McGregor.

“I used to be in highschool, like, a 12 months earlier than [I got cast as Anakin Skywalker] doing college performs. I used to be residing in Vancouver on the time, and it was a protracted audition course of,” the Shattered Glass star stated on Friday of becoming a member of the franchise. “I obtained the decision [that I booked the role and] I used to be shocked and in disbelief. … It’s an honor to get to put on [the costume] however undoubtedly the very best half is seeing folks’s reactions once they see Vader.”

Obi-Wan Kenobi is at the moment streaming on Disney+.

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