Shedding nearly 40 pounds of weight isn’t an easy job in any profession. But for actor Emilie Hirsch, everything came so naturally when he was cast in the 2007 survival flick ‘Into the Wild’ directed by Sean Penn. While listing the upcoming movies of Emilie Hirsch, people still go back to the 2007 flick for the amount of hard work the actor put into his character Chris McCandless, who went on to become a ‘wanderlust’ cult of his generation. Growing up in Topanga Canyon, California, Hirsch made his acting debut with Fox’s ‘Kindred: The Embraced’ at the age of 11 in 1996. After a couple of guest appearances, Hirsch got his first breakthrough in television in 1998 with ‘Gargantua’ and ‘Houdini.’ The young actor continued his romance with guest appearances for the next three years. His major projects during that time include ‘Sabrina, ‘The Teenage Witch,’ ‘Promised Land,’ ‘Profiler,’ ‘The Pretender,’ ‘NYPD Blue,’ and ‘ER.’
Hirsch made his feature film debut with the 2002 comedy-drama ‘The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys’ (2002), alongside Kieran Culkin and Jodie Foster. In the same year, he earned a nomination for the Young Artist Award for his stunning portrayal of a prep school student who turns his teacher’s world upside down in ‘The Emperor’s Club’ (2002). The actor landed his first leading role in ‘The Mudge Boy,’ a 2003 drama film. Hirsch garnered critical acclaim when the movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, for his portrayal of Duncan Mudge, a farm boy who struggles to cope up with the loss of his mother.
In 2004, Hirsch appeared in the comedy flick ‘The Girl Next Door.’ The actor proved his versatility in playing both the comedic and emotive characters alike with his memorable portrayal of a 19-year-old who learned that his next-door neighbor is a former porn superstar. He switched to more serious fare with the 2005 drama film ‘Imaginary Heroes,’ which chronicled the ordeal of a family who struggles to deal with the loss of their beloved.
As Christopher McCandless and After…
In 2007, Emile landed his breakout role with Sean Penn’s adaptation of the 1996 nonfiction book of the same name from Jon Krakauer, ‘Into the Wild.’ Based on the North American cross-country trip in the backdrop of Christopher McCandless during the early 1990s, ‘Into the Wild’ featured an unsung saga of the existential quest of a young man that took his straight to the heart of nature. Hirsch’s performance as McCandless earned him a Rising Star Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Best Male Breakthrough Performance from the National Board of Review and widespread critical acclaim.