Alden Ehrenreich

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Alden Ehrenreich
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Ehrenreich in 2018
Alden Caleb Ehrenreich

(1989-11-22) November 22, 1989 (age 31)
Alma materNew York University
Years active2005–present

Alden Caleb Ehrenreich (/ˈɛərənrk/;[1] born November 22, 1989) is an American actor.[2][3] He began his career by appearing in Francis Ford Coppola's films Tetro (2009) and Twixt (2011). Following supporting roles in the 2013 films Blue Jasmine and Stoker, he starred in the Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar! (2016), for which he gained praise. He went on to play Han Solo in the fantasy film Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and starred in the dystopian television series Brave New World (2020).

Early life[edit]

Ehrenreich was born in Los Angeles, California.[4] He is the only child of Sari (née Newmann), an interior designer, and Mark Ehrenreich, an accountant.[5] He is named after the director Phil Alden Robinson, a family friend.[6][7] His stepfather, Harry Aronowitz, is an orthodontist.[2][3][8] Ehrenreich is Jewish;[9] his ancestors were Jewish emigrants from Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Poland, and he was raised in Reconstructionist Judaism.[4][6]

Ehrenreich began acting at the Palisades Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, and continued doing so at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. After graduating from high school, he studied acting at New York University at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, but never finished his degree.[10] In 2009, he co-founded "The Collectin" with his friend Zoë Worth,[11] a group of New York actors, writers, producers and directors who collaborate on films and theater performances.[12]


Ehrenreich was discovered at a friend's bat mitzvah reception by Spielberg,[13] who watched a comedy video created by Ehrenreich and a friend, "which began in the present and eventually cut to 20 or 30 years later, with Mr. Ehrenreich, in a kimono, screaming to stop a wedding." Ehrenreich has described the comedic performance he gave in the movie as, "I ran around as a skinny little punk, trying on girls' clothes and eating dirt." He was then contacted by DreamWorks, a studio which Spielberg helped found, and met with its casting director.[14][15][16] Spielberg said of Ehrenreich:

[He] was in a bat mitzvah video that my daughter acted with him in for their best friend. They showed me the video and I loved it and I got him an agent. That's sort of how it all began ... I thought he had a lot of promise in comedy ... I didn't know he was going to rogue [into] drama. He was so funny in this video, I thought, "I have found the next really funny comedian." But most of his choices have been in drama and people don't know how really funny he is.[17]

The meeting with Spielberg led to acting roles on television shows such as Supernatural and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[18][19]

In 2007, Ehrenreich won the role of Bennie Tetrocini in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro.[20] Coppola asked Ehrenreich to read a passage from The Catcher in the Rye for his main audition.[3] The film was released in limited release in 2009 and received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Ehrenreich's performance.[21][22] In 2011, he played a minor role in Coppola's subsequent film Twixt and appeared alongside Natalie Portman in the Sofia Coppola-directed Miss Dior Cherie commercial.[23]

In 2013, he starred as Ethan Wate in the film adaptation of the novel Beautiful Creatures, and appeared as Whip Taylor in Park Chan-wook's thriller film Stoker. He then played the stepson of Cate Blanchett in the Woody Allen-directed drama film Blue Jasmine. In 2016, Ehrenreich became more widely known for his co-leading role as Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar!, alongside a cast that included Josh Brolin and George Clooney.[24] Many critics praised Ehrenreich's performance in particular.[25] That same year, Ehrenreich starred in the leading role of Frank Forbes in Warren Beatty's romantic comedy-drama Rules Don't Apply.[26] He then starred in The Yellow Birds with Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, and Jennifer Aniston, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[27]

Ehrenreich starred as Han Solo in the Star Wars anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), following Solo's early life before the events of the original 1977 Star Wars.



Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
2008 Switcheroo! Dan Bryan Basham Short film
2009 Tetro Bennie Tetrocini Francis Ford Coppola
2009 Greased Ben Roxine Helberg Short film
2010 Somewhere Actor at Party Sofia Coppola Uncredited[28]
2010 Ten Fingers Harry Sam Boyd Short film
2011 Twixt Flamingo Francis Ford Coppola
2011 A Dentist Alan Goldenberg Joshua Margolin Short film
2013 Beautiful Creatures Ethan Wate Richard LaGravenese Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Romance
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Liplock (shared with Alice Englert)
2013 Stoker Whip Taylor Chan-wook Park
2013 Blue Jasmine Danny Francis Woody Allen Nominated – Gold Derby Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2013 Teenage 1940s Teenager Matt Wolf Documentary
2013 Maple Leaves Jesse Sophie Brooks Short film
2014 Is This It Alden Ehrenreich Short film
2015 Running Wild Eli Melanie Shaw
2016 Hail, Caesar! Hobie Doyle Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Actor
Nominated – Golden Schmoes Award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year
Nominated – Indiewire Critics' Poll Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – International Online Cinema Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Artist
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – Village Voice Film Poll Award for Best Supporting Actor
2016 Rules Don't Apply Frank Forbes Warren Beatty Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Actor
2017 The Yellow Birds Brandon Bartle Alexandre Moors
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story Han Solo Ron Howard Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie Actor


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Supernatural Ben Collins Episode: "Wendigo"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sven Episode: "Built to Kill, Part 2"
2020 Brave New World John the Savage

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Star Wars Battlefront II Han Solo Voice and likeness. Content based on Solo: A Star Wars Story


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