Garrett Hedlund

Garrett John Hedlund (born September 3, 1984)[1] is an American actor, model, and singer of Scandinavian descent. His films include Troy (2004), Friday Night Lights (2004), Four Brothers (2005), Eragon (2006), Death Sentence (2007), Tron: Legacy (2010), Country Strong (2010), On the Road (2012), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Unbroken (2014), Pan (2015), Mudbound (2017) and Triple Frontier (2019).[2]

Garrett Hedlund
Garrett Hedlund by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Hedlund in 2015
Born
Garrett John Hedlund

(1984-09-03) September 3, 1984 (age 36)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • Model
  • Singer
Years active2003–present
Height6 ft 2.5 in (1.89 m)
Partner(s)

Early lifeEdit

Garrett John Hedlund was born on September 3, 1984, in Roseau, Minnesota, to Kristine Anne (née Yanish) and Robert Martin Hedlund.[1] He is the youngest of three children, with a brother, Nathaniel, and a sister, Amanda. His father is of Swedish descent and his mother is of Norwegian and German descent.[3][4] Hedlund was raised on a remote beef cattle farm near the small town of Wannaska, Minnesota.[5][6][7]

From an early age, he has had a great fondness for reading,[8] and during his school years he participated in ice hockey, track and field, melee fight, and American football.[9] In the 10th grade, he moved to live with his mother in Arizona, where he saved his tips from working as a waiter to pay for lessons with acting coach Jean Fowler, with whom he worked on speeches and script material.[10][11] Six months after graduating from Horizon High School,[12] he moved to Los Angeles.[13]

CareerEdit

2003–2009: Early workEdit

In 2003, Hedlund moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.[13] As a teenager, Hedlund modeled for L.L. Bean and Teen Magazine.

Hedlund, at the age of 19,[14] debuted in his first feature film playing Brad Pitt's younger cousin Patroclus[15] in the mythological epic adventure war drama Troy.[16] The film was released on May 14, 2004.[17][18] He also co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton, Amber Heard and Tim McGraw as Don Billingsley in the 2004 sports drama Friday Night Lights, where McGraw played his abusive father.[19] He co-starred with Mark Wahlberg in the crime drama Four Brothers as Jack Mercer.[20][21]

He co-starred with Ed Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory and John Malkovich in the fantasy-adventure film Eragon as Murtagh.[22] In October 2006, it was announced that the actors from the Eragon film would lend their voices to the game adaptation.[23] Hedlund lends his image and voice to his character Murtagh in the video game Eragon.[24]

In 2007, he co-starred with Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman in the comedy-drama Georgia Rule, directed by Garry Marshall.[25] That same year, he co-starred with Kevin Bacon in the crime thriller Death Sentence,[26] directed by James Wan.[27]

2010–2013: BreakthroughEdit

In 2010, he co-starred with Jeff Bridges in the science fiction/action film Tron: Legacy,[28] playing Sam Flynn. Hedlund won a "Darwinian casting process" which tested hundreds of actors, being chosen for having the "unique combination of intelligence, wit, humor, look and physicality" that the producers were looking for in Flynn's son. Hedlund trained hard to do his own stunts, which included jumping over cars and copious wire and harness work.[29] The film was released on December 17, 2010 and directed by Joseph Kosinski.[30] It is a sequel to the 1982 film Tron, whose director Steven Lisberger returned to produce.

Hedlund co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester and his Friday Night Lights co-star, country musician Tim McGraw in the musical drama Country Strong, which was released on December 22, 2010.[31] He recorded a number of songs for the film including "Chances Are" which appeared on Country Strong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. His performance was well received by critics. Noting voice similarities between Hedlund and Charlie Robison, Roughstock said "the best song on this album belongs to him" and Country Weekly wrote that of all the songs performed by actors in this film, his was "the most convincing".[32][33] Six other songs, including a duet with Meester, were featured on a second soundtrack titled Country Strong: More Music from the Motion Picture.

He also co-starred with Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen as Dean Moriarty in the 2012 adventure drama On the Road.[34] The film was directed by Walter Salles and based on Jack Kerouac's novel of same name.[35] Hedlund was cast as Kaneda Shotaro in the live-action version of Akira[36] but production of the film was cancelled.[37] In 2012, he was an advertising and catwalk model for the Italian fashion firm Prada.[38] Disney said in December 2012 that Hedlund would reprise his role of Sam Flynn in the sequel to Tron: Legacy.[39][40]

He co-starred with Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver in the 2013 French-American black comedy-drama film Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.[41] Hedlund pays homage to a fallen Cowboy whose name is Lane Frost in the music video of the song Beautiful War by American rock band Kings of Leon.[42] In 2013, he was also the image of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté's French men's fragrance "La Nuit de l'Homme".[43][14]

Hedlund reportedly turned down the roles of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of E. L. James' best-selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey[44] and Finnick Odair in the sequel to the dystopian science fiction/adventure film The Hunger Games titled The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.[45]

2014–present: Professional expansionEdit

In 2014, Hedlund co-starred with Jack O'Connell and Domhnall Gleeson in the historical drama Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie.[46][47] In 2015, he plays James Hook (future Captain Hook) in the film Pan, co-starring alongside Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara, directed by Joe Wright.[48] In September of that same year, Hedlund wrote the book Art of Pan with Joe Wright and Christopher Grove.[49] He co-starred with Joe Alwyn and Vin Diesel the 2016 film war drama film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee.[50] In 2017, he co-starred with Carey Mulligan the film Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees.[51][52]

Also that same year, he co-starred with Sharon Stone as an aspiring artist in Steven Soderbergh's HBO murder mystery drama series Mosaic.[53]

He co-starred with Forest Whitaker and Usher in the 2018 drama film Burden, inspired by true events.[54] In 2019, he co-starred with Ben Affleck in the action-adventure film, released by Netflix, Triple Frontier recorded between Soacha and Bogotá, where he plays a ex SEAL in a particular mercenary operation in South America.[55] He co-stars with Kelly Macdonald in the romantic drama film Dirt Music, directed by Gregor Jordan,[56] based on the novel of the same name by Tim Winton.[57]

Personal lifeEdit

Hedlund dated his On the Road co-star Kirsten Dunst from 2012 to 2016.[58][59] They were briefly engaged before finally breaking up.[60][61]

As of March 2019, Hedlund is dating actress Emma Roberts.[62][63] In August 2020, it was announced that the couple were expecting their first child, a boy.[64][65]

Hedlund is a skilled guitarist and violinist.[9] During the filming of the movie Eragon in Slovakia, his co-star and friend British actor and musician Jeremy Irons was his personal instructor in the development of alternative violin techniques.[66][67]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
2004
Troy
Patroclus
Wolfgang Petersen
Friday Night Lights
Don Billingsley
Peter Berg
2005
Four Brothers
Jack "Jackie" Mercer
John Singleton
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
2006
Eragon
Murtagh Morzansson
Stefen Fangmeier
2007
Georgia Rule
Harlan Wilson
Garry Marshall
Death Sentence
Billy Darley
James Wan
2010
Tron: Legacy
Samuel "Sam" Flynn
Joseph Kosinski
Maui Film Festival Rising Star Award
Young Hollywood Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Country Strong
Beau Hutton
Shana Feste
2012
On the Road
Dean Moriarty/Neal Cassady
Walter Salles
2013
Inside Llewyn Davis
Johnny Five
Joel & Ethan Coen
2014
Lullaby
Jonathan
Andrew Levitas
Unbroken
John Fitzgerald
Angelina Jolie
2015
Mojave
Thomas "Tom"
William Monahan
Pan
James Hook
Joe Wright
2016
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Sgt. David Dime
Ang Lee
2017
Mudbound
Jamie McAllan
Dee Rees
2018
Burden
Mike Burden
Andrew Heckler
2019
Triple Frontier
Ben "Benny" Miller
J. C. Chandor
Dreamland
Perry Montroy
Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
2020
Dirt Music
Luther "Lu" Fox
Gregor Jordan
2021
The United States Vs. Billie Holiday
Harry J. Anslinger
Lee Daniels
Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011
When I Was 17
Himself
1 episode
2017–2018
Mosaic
Joel Hurley
8 episodes

Short FilmEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
2011
Tron: The Next Day
Samuel "Sam" Flynn
Joseph Kosinski
2018
Tocsin
G
Frank E. Flowers
Lucero: Long Way Back Home
Cory
Jeff Nichols

Video gameEdit

Year Title Voice role Notes
2006
Eragon
Murtagh Morzansson
2017–2018
Mosaic
Joel Hurley

Music VideoEdit

Year Song Band/Singer Notes
2012 Truck Yeah[68] Tim McGraw Actor - Guitarist
2013 Beautiful War[69] Kings of Leon Actor - Guitarist

DiscographyEdit

Country Strong: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Track Song Writers Time
4 "Chances Are" Nathan Chapman, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose 3:25
Country Strong: More Music from the Motion Picture
Track Song Writers Time
1 "Silver Wings" Merle Haggard 3:21
4 "Hard Out Here" Hayes Carll[70] 3:09
9 "Turn Loose the Horses" Hayes Carll 3:05
12 "Give in to Me"
(duet with Leighton Meester)
Billy Falcon, Rose Falcon, Elisha Hoffman 3:29
13 "Hide Me Babe" Hayes Carll 3:08
14 "Timing Is Everything" Natalie Hemby, Troy Jones 3:24

Chart historyEdit

Hedlund's duet with Meester—"Give in to Me"— was the only song to chart as a single, reaching No. 79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 96 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • On June 7, 2011 Hedlund was named Man of the Year at the Glamour Awards.[71][72]
Year Award Category Nominated work Result Notes
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star Troy Nominated
2006 Black Reel Awards Best Ensemble Four Brothers Nominated (Shared with: André Benjamin, Tyrese Gibson, Mark Wahlberg, Sofía Vergara, Terrence Howard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji P. Henson)
2011 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor[73] Tron: Legacy Nominated
Young Hollywood Award Actor of the Year[74] Tron: Legacy Won
Maui Film Festival Rising Star[75][76] Tron: Legacy Won

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