March 13: Happy Birthday Emile Hirsch and Kaya Scodelario


Emile Hirsch is celebrating his 33rd today.  He began working in television as a child and teen in the late 1990s, making guest appearances on series like 3rd Rock from the Sun and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.  He had a prominent role in the 2001 Showtime TV movie Wild Iris, and then starred in his feature film debut a year later, in The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys.  He starred in the teen rom-com The Girl Next Door and in the crime drama Alpha Dog (he is the third headliner in four days from the cast of the latter film, after Olivia Wilde and Anton Yelchin), and then starred as Chris McCandless in the 2007 adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild.

Hirsch received a SAG Award nomination and several other accolades for Into the Wild, and seemed to have made a breakthrough.  A year later he had a major role as Cleve Jones in the well-received Milk; however, that was also the year that he starred in the box office bomb Speed Racer, which seemed to sink his potential as a major star.  He continues to work regularly, but is more likely to be found starring in indie fare like Vincent N Roxxy or All Nighter.

Kaya Scodelario is turning 26.  The Anglo-Brazilian actress made her debut in the British teen drama Skins in 2007, and after originally being a supporting player, wound up appearing in more episodes than any other member of the cast.  She made her feature film debut in the sci-fi drama Moon in 2009, and then played Catherine Earnshaw in a 2011 adaptation of Wuthering Heights.  She began working in American film when she starred in the title role of The Truth About Emanuel.  She has become well known to mainstream audiences in the role of Teresa in the Maze Runner franchise, and last year joined another franchise when she played Carina Smyth in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Noel Fisher, who celebrates his 34th, is one of two Shameless birthdays today; he appears as Mickey Milkovich, and also was the voice and motion capture actor for Michelangelo in the two latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films.  Harry Melling, who is 29, played Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, and has gone on to a respectable stage career, including appearances in King Lear as the Fool and Edgar.  Australian actress Gillian Alexy has been working in American television lately; she was a regular on WGN’s Outsiders; Alexy turns 32.

Our music birthday is Adam Clayton, who is 58.  The longtime bassist for U2, he has also worked on other projects, such as a remake of the Mission: Impossible theme for the 1996 film (in collaboration with U2 drummer Larry Mullen).  Our sports birthday is American Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who won gold medals in the slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the giant slalom earlier this year at Pyeongchang.

On this date last year, William H. Macy and Neil Sedaka were our headliners.

William H. Macy, who is turning 68, continues to star as Frank Gallagher on Shameless, winning a SAG Award and receiving Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.  He also directed The Layover and Krystal, and costarred in the latter film.  Neil Sedaka is still active at the age of 79; he tours, mostly on the resort/casino circuit, and released a studio album as recently as 2016.

Emory Cohen turns 28; he appeared in several films last year, including War Machine and Shot Caller, and stars as Varg Vikernes in Lords of Chaos, which recently premiered at Sundance.  George MacKay, who turns 26, starred in the horror film Marrowbone and will play Hamlet in the upcoming Ophelia, a re-imagining of a certain play by Shakespeare.  Dana Delany, who celebrates her 62nd, appeared in an American Repertory Theater production of Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana and as Crystal Harris in the second and final season of Amazon’s Hand of GodDanny Masterson, who was a regular on The Ranch prior to being written out of the series in the wake of sexual assault allegations, is 42.  Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, who will appear in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and the horror film The Meg, is turning 45.  Annabeth Gish, who celebrates her 47th, is currently appearing on the revived X-Files as Monica Reyes.  Rapper and actor Common, who is 46, seems busiest with the acting part of his career these days; last year he appeared in several features, including John Wick: Chapter 2 and Megan Leavey.

Glenne Headly (1955-2017) died last June of a pulmonary embolism.  Her final film, Just Getting Started, was released last December.

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.


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  1. What Happened to Emile Hirsch?

    Posted on May 16, 2016 by Joseph Wade
    The story of actor Emile Hirsch is one that seems to have been told a thousand times: a young and impressive actor falls from grace as he/she tries to battle his/her demons off the screen.

    Hirsch, born in 1985, was probably one of the most promising actors of his generation, sharing the distinction with the likes of the slightly older duo of Ryan Gosling and Jake Gyllenhaal (each born in 1980). His early career was filled with standout performances in an array of critically acclaimed movies, and it was in The Girl Next Door that the actor was first brought to the attention of the masses.

    Released in 2004, when Hirsch was only 19, The Girl Next Door chronicled Hirsch’s character’s departure from high school in a sexually fused movie that also featured Timothy Olyphant and Paul Dano. Although typically a high-school movie in some ways, the film borrowed heavily from source material that was much deeper than simply getting laid and taking drugs, and Hirsch was therefore required to carry the movie with much more depth than would otherwise be expected, and all while being so young. It was a strong statement from a young actor who was displaying his potential with a mature performance that was uncommon for people of his age. From there the actor chose the right projects and critical acclaim came in its droves as he played possibly the most developed character of skating-drama Lords of Dogtown in 2005, a film which also starred Heath Ledger, and turned in a third good performance in a row in 2006’s Alpha Dog. This trio of movies acted as a springboard to career defining work in the latter part of the decade with 2007’s Into the Wild and 2008’s Milk.

    Collaborating with Sean Penn on each project – under him on Into the Wild which Penn directed, and supporting him in Milk for which Penn won a Best Actor Oscar – Hirsch excelled. His ability to transform himself into a range of different characters was proving him to be one of the better character actors of his age anywhere in the world and a much sought after talent. Into the Wild was perhaps the most important role of his career as it truly established him as a capable leading character actor, while Milk brought him more widespread attention from those within the industry. Each film told the remarkable true stories of Americans in extraordinary situations and Hirsch seemed to manage with the weight of expectation exceedingly well for such a young man.

    In the years following 2008’s Milk, Hirsch sought a route away from the mainstream and instead into more artistic and challenging endeavors. The standout of this period was his role as a boystrous and hilarious partner to Paul Rudd’s straight-laced character in the darkly humorous Prince Avalanche (2013), directed by Pineapple Express and Joe director David Gordon Green. The actor worked effortlessly with Rudd to form a duo that was ultimately lovable despite all of their flaws, and showed as an individual that he was capable of producing humour as well as drama if the role fitted such a description. It was in the same year that Hirsch’s name began to grow once more as the young actor dropped a significant amount of weight to be one quarter of the Mark Wahlberg starring war drama Lone Survivor, playing a part of a four man crew with Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster.

    Lone Survivor would prove to be Hirsch’s last meaningful step towards the limelight as the actor was taken to court in 2015 following a brawl at a nightclub for which he was found guilty of assaulting a female Insurge Pictures executive from behind in a drug-fueled bust-up with the woman – full story here. The actor was sentenced to 17 days in prison for misdemeanor assault and 50 hours of community service, as well as a fine of $4,750, but the brutality of his attack and the fact that his victim was ranked highly within the industry, has all but killed any chance of this once highly respected young actor making anything more from his career than has already been made. Unfortunately for his fans, Into the Wild and Milk (2007-2008) will likely remain the actor’s career highlights for the rest of his life, though it can be seen as no less than Hirsch deserves for such horrendous actions. From here on out, the actor is penned to be a part of three small independent films by relatively unknown directors, indicating that although his career has continued, his pulling power has reduced significantly with audiences and those working within the industry.


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