A talented actor, comedian and writer, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen. Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Mark and Sandy Rogen. He attended Vancouver Talmud Torah Elementary School and Point Grey Secondary School (although he dropped out of high school to move to Los Angeles) and was known for the stand-up comedy he performed at Camp Miriam, a Habonim Dror camp. At 16, Rogan came in second place in the 1998 Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest.
Soon after that win he landed his first role in Judd Apatow's short-lived but well regarded TV series "Freaks and Geeks" (1999), taking on the role of Ken Miller. Though the show only lasted one season, it was the launching pad for many careers, including Rogen, Apatow, James Franco, and Jason Segel. This early work sharpened Rogen's keen improvisational skills, which he's used on many projects since.
Following "Freaks and Geeks" (1999), he participated in a few unsuccessful television projects, and then joined the American television version of "Da Ali G Show" (2003) as a writer during its second and last season, along with his childhood friend and writing partner Evan Goldberg. The writing team received an Emmy nomination. As a huge fan of the first season, Rogen was thrilled to get the chance to work with Sacha Baron Cohen.
Continuing his work with Apatow, he joined the cast of Apatow's debut film The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) and is credited as co-producer. After that he took the lead in Knocked Up (2007), Apatow's second movie and a huge success. He's since been a frequent collaborator with Apatow, in projects such as Superbad (2007), Pineapple Express (2008) and Funny People (2009). He co-wrote Superbad (2007), with Goldberg; the pair started the project when they were teens. They won the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Writing in a Film in 2008. They later wrote Pineapple Express (2008) and The Green Hornet (2011), also starring Rogen.
A talented voice artist, Rogen is in the animated films Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Kung Fu Panda (2008), and Monsters vs Aliens (2009), and has voiced characters for "The Simpsons" (1989) and "American Dad!" (2005).
Rogen was named the Canadian Comedy Person of the Year by the Canadian Comedy Awards in both 2008 and 2009.
Rogen lives in Los Angeles with Lauren Miller, whom he met in 2004. They became engaged in September 2010 and married in October 2011.
|Lauren Miller||(2 October 2011 - present)|
Deep baritone voice
Often plays an unkempt manchild
Infectious, distinctive laugh
Attended Point Grey Secondary School in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Son of Mark Rogen and Sandy Rogen.
His parents met each other in Israel.
Was ranked #20 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
Started as a stand-up comic when he was 13.
In Pineapple Express (2008), in the scene where he is arrested by the police officer, his height is listed as 5' 9".
Engaged to Lauren Miller [September 29, 2010].
As a child, Rogen attended Camp Miriam, a Jewish summer camp on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada. He also studied for and had his Bar Mitzvah, the coming-of-age service that Jewish boys celebrate at age 13.
Good friends with Jay Baruchel.
Seth Rogen auditioned for a lead role in 'Seriously, Dude Where's My Car?' (2000)_.
Due to his deep voice and bulky frame, he has always appeared old for his age. When he was doing stand-up in his teens, he was often thought to have been in his 20s, and at the age of 22, he convincingly played a 30-something character in The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005).
It shocks me that "90210" (2008) and Superbad (2007) are technically considered part of the same genre. It was as much TV shows as movies that made us feel under-represented. No part of me watched "90210" (2008) and thought, 'Yeah! that's what my life is like!' It seemed like a different planet. I mean, I like shitty movies as much as the next guy, I'm not a snob, but things like that had no guys like us in it - that was the point.
My mom's a social worker and my dad works in non-profit organizations. But they seem very radical in American terms, embracing a form of socialism that really doesn't even exist here. I mean, where I come from, communism is not a terrible word.
I remember when I got my first Adam Sandler CD and it was the funniest thing I'd ever heard in my entire life, and continues to be.
I couldn't say enough great things about him. He's the reason I'm not a homeless crack-head right now. - on Judd Apatow.
On writing and starring in The Green Hornet (2011): Nerds love complaining. You go to Ain't It Cool News, and everybody complains about everything. They could find out Jesus Christ was making a movie with Frank Miller, and they'd say, 'That's a terrible combination!
When I first moved to LA, I went out to meet with agencies, and one of them asked me what my goals were. I said "to be in a Kevin Smith movie". That goal has not changed.
[on appearing in Knocked Up (2007) and Pineapple Express (2008)] You know, I never had a girlfriend before and I thought it would masculinize me. But it's actually done the opposite. Now I know about accent walls and the whole world of throw pillows.
Afterwards, Paul McCartney was in the room with us. There was a point where he was three feet away from me and all I kept thinking was, "If I run up and kick him in the crotch right now, I'll be the most famous man alive".
[on his appearance in The Green Hornet (2011)] The whole story of the movie is that Britt is an irresponsible idiot who's trying to get his life together to do something worthwhile. As an irresponsible idiot, I'm quite good.
I think Canadian comedy is a little darker in general. To me, 'Kids in the Hall' is just the benchmark, and it's very twisted and absurd.
[on performing comedy] Reality and honesty is the most important thing. As soon as it feels like we're making a joke where there wouldn't be one, then we don't do it.
[on working with Barbra Streisand] We both understand where the cameras are and how editing works, and I think that makes improvising a lot easier. We've both been on the other side of the camera in various ways, and that makes you a totally different actor. Once you've produced a movie, directed a movie, it makes you understand that a lot of things that actors do are obnoxious.
I think one of the biggest things [Barbra and I] have in common is that we both take our work seriously - and we both want to go home. A lot of people are more than happy to keep working and shooting, and you get no sense that they like it at home. I love working, and I want it to be as good as it can possibly be. But then I want to go home and spend time with my dog and my wife and watch television.
I don't preconceive. I've worked with a lot of people who people have told me are super-difficult, and I haven't found them to be difficult at all. I've also worked with people that people have said are easy, and I've hated them.
|Knocked Up (2007)||$500,000|
|The Green Hornet (2011)||$6,000,000|
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