Born on July 10, 1986, the son of actress Goldie Hawn and actor Kurt Russell, inherited his parents good lucks, and while he initially favoured hockey over acting, an injury made him end up following their steps.
32-year-old Wyatt Russell started his acting career as a child, with small roles in “Escape from L.A.” and “Soldier,” coming from a family of actors. But as he grew up he became such a good hockey player that he pursued it professionally.
At age 15 he left his hometown in California for Vancouver, Canada, to follow his sports dream, and he spent almost 10 years dedicated fully to it until he got injured so bad that he was left unable to keep doing it.
“My whole right side, from my knee to my hip, is torn so I couldn’t play anymore,” Wyatt told Times Colonist in 2018, but as hard as it was for him at the time, looking back he believes it was all for the best.
“That was taken away from me, but I feel like it was fate, a godsend because I wasn’t going anywhere in hockey. I was playing minor professional hockey in Europe, which is like you’re not going anywhere,” he admitted.
Once his dreams of being a professional hockey player were shattered when he was 24 years old, the next natural thing for him to try was acting, and despite his parents been in the business for so long, their advice for him was simple.
“Learn your lines. Show up on time. And don’t be a jerk,” Wyatt credited his famous parents with telling him.
His future as an actor seemed promising considering that only five months after quitting hockey for good he got his first acting role as an adult. But after landing a few other roles and taking a liking to it, he had trouble finding more projects.
“I didn’t feel rejected or anything like that, I just thought maybe I’m not understanding aspects of the auditioning process. I get acting, but don’t quite get the audition,” he shared.
Fortunately for him, director Jim Mickle listened to him when Wyatt opened up about his trouble with auditions. Mickle trusted Wyatt enough to give him the opportunity of playing the main character in “We Are What We Are.”
“Thank God, because otherwise I don’t know if I would’ve kept doing it. And I’m thankful to them and love them very much, they’re like my movie family,” he thanked.
In 2016 Wyatt’s popularity grew considerably after playing Cooper Redfield in the “Playtest” episode of science fiction TV hit “Black Mirror.”
In 2018, he had a major breakthrough when he was cast in AMC’s comedy-drama “Lodge 49,” on which he plays the main character Sean “Dud” Dudley, a surfer in difficult situation who gets a second opportunity.
“I like being able to look at the world through the lens of a character who looks at that and sees that as something magical. And my character, Dud, is that. He made me feel alive; I’d like to feel a little more like Dud.”´
-Wyatt Russell, Times Colonist, September 12, 2018.
Wyatt married stylist Sanne Hamers in March 2014, following four years of dating, but the two took separate ways in 2017 when they finalized their divorce.
He currently shares a Sherman Oaks home with his girlfriend, fellow actress Meredith Hagner, whom she met at the set of “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” in 2016.
Wyatt and Meredith got engaged in December 2018, with the latter turning to Instagram to share the good news by posting a picture of the two in a loving embrace after she said yes.
“The love of my dang life proposed to me. He is the best guy in the world. It was an epic surprise surrounded by our closest family and I would give the proposal 5 stars on Yelp!” she captioned the snapshot.