November 22, 1989
Los Angeles, California, United States
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Steven Spielberg discovered actor Alden Ehrenreich at a Bar Mitzvah reception in Ehrenreich's hometown of Los Angeles. Ehrenreich had been in a comedy short that was screened at the party, and it led to a meeting with Spielberg, and small acting roles on shows like "Supernatural" (CW, 2005-), and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000-2015). Ehrenreich attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for 2 years, but never completed his degree. In 2009 Ehrenreich appeared in the Francis Ford Coppola Film "Tetro." The film's release was limited but Ehrenreich received largely positive reviews. In 2011 he appeared in Coppola's film "Twixt" and worked with Coppola's daughter Sofia in a Dior commercial alongside Natalie Portman. In 2013 Ehrenreich appeared in the starring role of Ethan Wate in the Richard LaGravanese directed adaptation of the novel "Beautiful Creatures." That same year he appeared in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." In 2016 Ehrenreich appeared as a shy young budding movie star from rural Texas in the Coen Brothers film "Hail, Caesar!" and received significant praise for his work. Also in 2016 it was announced that Ehrenreich was slated to appear in a Warren Beatty-helmed film about reclusive aviator and studio giant Howard Hughes. Ehrenreich later made waves when he was cast as a young Han Solo in a spinoff of the "Star Wars" franchise. Before that film's high-profile release, Ehrenreich starred in Iraq War drama "The Yellow Birds" (2017).