Seth Rogen typically plays the relatable, everyman, slacker in his films like "Knocked Up" and "Pineapple Express." His new movie "The Guilt Trip," co-starring Barbara Streisand, opens on December 19. While there's a bit of all of us in Rogen's characters, there's a lot fans don't know about the actor. Here are some fun facts about the actor.
He Quit High School to do Comedy
Rogen grew up in Vancouver, BC. He dropped out of school as a teenager to try his hand at comedy and landed a gig with a troupe. His first gig, at age 13, was at a lesbian club in Vancouver, which he thought was just a Ladies' Night at a local bar. By 16 he had won second place in the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest. He performed around BC and then moved to Los Angeles to give the big time a shot at places like the Improv and the Comedy Store.
Judd Apatow Discovered Him
His name spread as the young funny kid and Judd Apatow ("Bridesmaids," "This Is 40") asked him to audition for his new TV series "Freaks and Geeks." At 16 he landed the part and became a regular on a primetime TV series. It lasted only one season, but put Rogen on the map, along with some of his co-stars James Franco and Jason Segel. And Apatow and Rogen went on to work together on many films including "Anchorman," "40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up."
He Could Have Starred in 'Undeclared'
Apatow wanted Rogen to star in his next film "Undeclared," but using an unknown who was not your typical leading man material, did not fly with the powers that be at Fox. So instead Rogen played a small part and became a staff writer at the age of 18.
He Got His First Emmy Nomination at 22
Apatow mentored Rogen in writing and the actor soon landed a job working on the final season of "Da Ali G Show" starring Sacha Baron-Cohen. The staff was nominated for an Emmy that season. They did not win, but Rogen's status in comedy was cemented.
His Voice Is as Famous as His Face
While Rogen is known as the lovable, slacker on screen, his voice might be even more popular than his face. In 2007 he began his voice over career playing the Ship Captain in the animated feature film "Shrek the Third." He followed that with Morton the mouse in "Horton Hears a Who," Hogsqueal in "Spiderwick Chronicles," Mantis in "Kung Fu Panda," B.O.B in "Monsters vs. Aliens" and Paul the alien in "Paul."
"Guilt Trip" opens in theaters everywhere on December 19. Check local listings for theaters and show times.
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