Alden Ehrenreich is an American actor who plays Ethan Wate in Beautiful Creatures. He was born on November 22, 1989 in Los Angeles, California and was discovered by director Steven Spielberg at a friend's bar-mitzvah reception. Aftwards, Spielberg saw a short comedy clip starring Ehrenreich. This all leading him to try out for and land roles in TV shows and movies.
Life and Career
He was born in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Sari, is an interior designer and his stepfather is an orthodontist. He was raised in Reconstructionist Judaism. Alden began acting at the Palisades Elementary school in Pacific Palisades, California and continued doing so at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. He was discovered at a friend's bat mitzvah reception by Steven Spielberg when Spielberg saw a short comedy movie featuring Alden at the age of 14. In an interview, Alden described the comedic performance he gave in the film...
"I ran around as a skinny little punk, trying on girl's clothes and eating dirt." The meeting with Spielberg led to acting roles on television shows for Alden.
Later on in 2007, Alden auditioned and won the role of Bennie Tetrocini in Francis Ford Coppola's movie Tetro. Coppola requested Alden read a passage from The Catcher in the Rye for his audition. In April of 2012, Alden replaced Skins former star Jack O'Connell for the role of Ethan Wate in the supernatural romance drama film Beautiful Creatures in which is meant to become a film franchise based on the hit book series.
He resided in New York and majored in theatre at New York Univserity. In 2009, he founded the theatre and film company, The Collection, with Zoe Worth.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
- Untitled Warren Beatty Project (2015)
- Running Wild (2014) as Eli
- Maple Leaves (2013) as Jessee (Short)
- Blue Jasmine (2013) as Danny
- Teenage (2013) as 1940's Teenager (Documentary)
- Beautiful Creatures (2013)...Ethan Wate (lead role)
- Stoker (2012)...Whip Taylor
- Twixt (2011)...Flamingo
- Somewhere (2010)...Himself (Uncredited)
- Greased (2009)...Ben (short)
- Tetro (2009)...Bennie
- Switcheroo! (2008)...Dan
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation....Sven (TV Series: 1 episode, 2006)
- Supernatural...Ben Collins (Episode 1.02: "Wendigo", 2005)
Interview with Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert about Beautiful Creatures pt 1
Interview with Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert about Beautiful Creatures pt 2