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Does Hayden Christensen Have a Girlfriend? The Actor Was Engaged to Rachel Bilson

Titi Dokubo
Jun 30, 2022
04:20 P.M.

Hayden Christensen has had his fair share of relationships as his list of girlfriends includes some famous stars. The actor, however, dated and was engaged to Rachel Bilson for a long time. Here is all you need to know about his life.


Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on April 19, 1981, Hayden Christensen is a Canadian actor who decided to build an acting career at eight after his first commercial for Pringles. By the time he was 13, he had starred in several dramatic television series.

The actor got his big break in 2000 when he starred in "Higher Ground." That same year, he got the role of Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (Episode II)" and "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (Episode III)."


Christensen's role as Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise became one of his best-known roles. In May 2022, he returned as Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi," which revived interest in his personal life.

The "Jumper" star was in a relationship with actress Rachel Bilson for ten years. They were engaged twice, and on October 29, 2014, they welcomed a daughter, Briar Rose. Currently, Christensen does not seem to be dating anyone. Here are details about his dating life.



Bilson is an American actress who began acting while she was still at Notre Dame High School. After graduating high school in 1999, she went to Grossmont College but dropped out after a year.

Her father, a writer, director, and producer, encouraged her to pursue a career in acting. Bilson worked in commercials before she landed a few one-off roles and eventually, the part of Summer Roberts in "The O.C." in 2003, making her a household name.


Christensen and Bilson met in 2007 when they were on the set of "Jumper," where they played love interests. Soon after, they became a couple and got engaged in December 2008.

Despite their fame, they were a low-key couple, very private, and rarely spoke about each other in the press. Even though the couple loved to be casual and laid back, Christensen and Bilson occasionally dressed up for red carpet events.


In May 2013, when Bilson was the cover girl for Cosmopolitan, she revealed that she loved to cook and watch movies with Christensen. She said:

"I'm a really good girlfriend – I always put all that first in my life. I'm definitely the person who would make him his favorite dinner to come home to."



When Christensen and Bilson welcomed their daughter Briar Rose Christensen on October 29, 2014, they revealed that her name is a Disney princess-themed name.

The adorable name is the name of the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. It is also the name the three fairies called Princess Aurora while sheltering her from Maleficent's curse. In addition, they used the name in the original 1812 Grimm Brothers fairy tale.


Even though the couple loves everything Disney, Bilson was the first to fall in love with the name. Despite having a famous dad, Briar is yet to watch her dad's role in the "Star Wars" movie franchise.

In 2021, Bilson revealed that while their daughter understands that they are actors, she is "not aware" of the magnitude of their fame. Briar understands that her dad was in sci-fi movies but is yet to see any.


Bilson further stated that she is thankful that Briar does not yet understand what sci-fi films are. When speaking about having not seen Christensen in "Star Wars," Bilson said:

"But she has no idea what that even means, because she hasn't seen anything. And thank God, because he kills children, so let's keep that from her until she's like 80."

The "Hart of Dixie" actress said she would love to keep things that way. However, Briar is already interested in wanting to be an actress as she told her parents that she wanted to do that immediately.

Hayden Christensen at the charity premiere of "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" on May 12, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Hayden Christensen at the charity premiere of "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" on May 12, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Despite being separated, Christensen and Bilson have been able to co-parent effectively, and during quarantine, she revealed that they had to trust each other completely. She said:


"Luckily, [he] is pretty hardcore with [the COVID restrictions]. He's actually been in Canada for a bit, so that's pretty safe knowing she's not seeing him. That's not a worry."

The couple, who never talked about their breakup, seems to have an excellent relationship, prioritize their daughter's safety, and handled the pandemic situation in "survival mode."



After nearly a decade together, Bilson and Christensen broke up for a final time. Sources close to the couple revealed that the long-distance relationship might have caused the strain as Christensen spends most of his time in Canada.

Their first breakup happened in 2010 when they briefly called off their engagement reportedly because of distance. However, after a few months, they were back together, and Bilson featured Christensen on her Instagram page, where she showered him with praise.

Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson at the Spike TV's 2007 "Video Game Awards" on December 7, 2007 | Source: Getty Images

Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson at the Spike TV's 2007 "Video Game Awards" on December 7, 2007 | Source: Getty Images



After Christensen and Bilson broke up in 2017, there were rumors that the "American Horror Story" actress, Emma Roberts, had something to do with the end of the relationship.

According to the rumors, Bilson allegedly found suspect text messages from Roberts on Christensen's phone. While there were no details about the content of the texts, sources reported that the text messages made Bilson end the relationship.

Surprisingly, the breakup occurred during the filming of "Little Italy," a romantic comedy in which Christensen and Roberts played onscreen lovers sparking rumors of an inappropriate relationship.

Hayden Christensen and Emma Roberts at the world premiere of "Little Italy" on August 22, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Hayden Christensen and Emma Roberts at the world premiere of "Little Italy" on August 22, 2018 | Source: Getty Images



The rumors about Christensen and Roberts were not the first time fans linked the actor with an actress. After he starred in "Factory Girl" alongside Sienna Miller, there were rumors that they were an item.

The allegations began when the couple became close during filming and amplified when moviegoers saw their explicit sex scenes. It became worse when an insider stated that it was not an act as the couple had sex.


However, Miller laughed off the claims, and Christensen insisted she was a good actor. Her publicist also emphasized that they could not have had sex because there was always a minimum of five people in the room while they shot sex scenes.

Despite their denial, the rumor that they dated didn't go away. Nothing was confirmed, but Christensen's friend reportedly said they spent about a month hanging out, but Miller decided that she did not want a relationship.



Also, in 2000, there were rumors that Christensen and Natalie Portman were dating. That was the year they cast Christensen to play a young Anakin Skywalker opposite her character Padmé Amidala.

The two actors played the perfect tragic lovers and brought their love story to life in a way that fans suspected their real feelings may have been present and wondered if their love affair continued off-camera.

Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2005 | Source: Getty Images

During the publicity tours for their roles in "Star Wars," Christensen frequently praised Portman and revealed in one interview that he fell in love with her a bit to help make the onscreen love story more convincing. He said:


"You have to [fall in love] a little bit if you’re going to really believe yourself in the role."

After working together for several months, Christensen also stressed that they were only "very good friends." However, in another interview, he called her an "excellent kisser."


Despite saying Portman was an excellent kisser, Christensen admitted that kissing his friend was still weird, but they had to combine efforts and work hard to keep their more intimate scenes from feeling clumsy.

To make things work and become comfortable with each other, Christensen and Portman spent time outside of work to erase any natural awkwardness when they had to do sex scenes. When they finished, they laughed over it because it was just sort of silly.

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