Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen’s daughter ‘has no idea’ he is Anakin Skywalker
Considering how monumental Hayden Christensen’s role as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader was in Star Wars, one could be forgiven for thinking his daughter would be familiar with the franchise.
As it turns out, little Briar Rose “has no idea” what Christensen’s role was — she has never seen the movies.
Christensen’s ex-fiancée and Briar Rose’s mum, actress Rachel Bilson, recently revealed on the Betches Moms podcast that although she and her ex have raised their six-year-old with the knowledge that they are both actors, Briar Rose is not fully aware of “how famous” they really are.
The 39-year-old The O.C. alum explained that while their daughter understands her dad was in Star Wars, “she has no idea what that even means, because she hasn’t seen anything”.
“And thank God, because he kills children, so let’s keep that from her until she’s like 80,” Bilson said. “I’d like to keep it that way.”
The co-parents are not just keeping the world of lightsabers from their daughter for now. Bilson also joked that she won’t be allowing Briar Rose to watch her as Summer Roberts in The O.C. until she’s “at least 35”.
The single mum also revealed Briar Rose has already told them she wants to be an actress “now”.
Bilson said while she and Christensen didn’t know how to handle the revelation at first, the good thing is Briar Rose “doesn’t really know” about Hollywood and its ups and downs, or their conundrum.
“Obviously, if [acting is] something she chooses in her adult life then that will be that, but I think to keep that away from her as long as possible is our top choice,” the star said.
Although she acknowledged there is nothing wrong with Briar Rose wanting to act right now, Bilson said her parents made her wait to pursue acting until she was 18, something she felt was “smart”.
“It’s not really something I would want for her at this age,” she said.
During the podcast, Bilson also spoke about her co-parenting relationship with the 39-year-old Christensen in the pandemic, and how it is built on trust.
“[Briar Rose’s] dad is pretty hardcore with [co-parenting],” she says. “You have to trust each other, you are bubbled up.”
Bilson and Christensen met on the set of Jumper in 2008 and got engaged in December that year.
In August 2010, they called off their engagement but reconciled after three months apart.
They later welcomed Briar Rose in 2014, before splitting for good in 2017.
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