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Hedges in an interview in 2017.
December 12, 1996 |
Brooklyn Heights, New York City, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina School of the Arts|
Susan Bruce (née Titman)
Lucas Hedges (born December 12, 1996) is an American actor. The son of writer-director Peter Hedges, he studied theatre at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has played supporting roles in Wes Anderson’s comedy-drama Moonrise Kingdom (2012), the crime biopic Kill the Messenger (2014), the coming-of-age film Lady Bird (2017), and the crime film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). Hedges received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing a sardonic teenage orphan in Kenneth Lonergan's drama Manchester by the Sea (2016),
Hedges was born in Brooklyn Heights, New York, the second child of poet and actress Susan Bruce (née Titman) and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Peter Hedges. He has an older brother, Simon. He grew up in Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, frequently visiting his father's film sets.
A graduate of Saint Ann's School, he has taken a break from studying theatre at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Hedges is a graduate of the Cherubs Theatre Program at Northwestern University's National High School Institute.
As a child, Hedges made his feature film debut as an extra in his father's film Dan in Real Life (2007). His line in the film was cut in post-production. He starred in a middle-school play production, when the casting director for Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom (2012) was in the audience and eventually cast Hedges in the film, his first role, as Redford. He later appeared in Arthur Newman (2013), Jason Reitman's Labor Day (2013), and Terry Gilliam's film The Zero Theorem (2013). In 2014, Hedges made a cameo in Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and appeared in Michael Cuesta's Kill the Messenger, for which he received positive reviews.
In April 2015, Hedges joined the cast of Kenneth Lonergan's third feature film, Manchester by the Sea (2016). In it, he plays Patrick Chandler, a 16-year-old dealing with the recent death of his father and who is left in the care of his unwilling and troubled uncle. The film had its world premiere on January 23, 2016, at the Sundance Film Festival, where Hedges received rave reviews. For his work in Manchester by the Sea, Hedges won a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer, and received nominations for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Rising Star Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, among numerous awards.
On January 31, 2017, Hedges made his stage debut as the lead in the Trip Cullman-directed off-Broadway play Yen, by playwright Anna Jordan. The play ran from February 19 until March 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. For this performance, Hedges received rave reviews and was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play and won the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Debut Performance.
On March 1, 2017, it was announced that Hedges would play the lead in Jonah Hill's upcoming directorial debut titled Mid-90s opposite his Manchester by the Sea co-star Michelle Williams. Williams was later replaced by Katherine Waterston.
On June 8, 2017, it was announced that Hedges will portray Garrard Conley in the film adaptation of his memoir Boy Erased, which he began filming in September 2017. In December 2017, Hedges began principal production as the titular role of Ben in Ben Is Back, to be directed by his father, Peter Hedges.
On April 11, 2018, it was announced that Hedges will return to Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan's play The Waverley Gallery, alongside Elaine May and Michael Cera. Previews will begin on September 25, with an official opening night of October 25th at the John Golden Theatre.
|2007||Dan in Real Life||Lilly's Dance Partner||Peter Hedges|
|2012||Moonrise Kingdom||Redford||Wes Anderson|
|2013||Arthur Newman||Kevin Avery||Dante Ariola|
|The Zero Theorem||Bob||Terry Gilliam|
|2014||Labor Day||Richard||Jason Reitman|
|The Grand Budapest Hotel||Pump Attendant||Wes Anderson (2)|
|Kill the Messenger||Ian Webb||Michael Cuesta|
|2015||Anesthesia||Greg||Tim Blake Nelson|
|2016||Manchester by the Sea||Patrick Chandler||Kenneth Lonergan|
|2017||Lady Bird||Danny O'Neill||Greta Gerwig|
|Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri||Robbie Hayes||Martin McDonagh|
|2018||Boy Erased||Garrard Conley||Joel Edgerton||Post-production|
|Ben Is Back||Ben Burns||Peter Hedges (2)||Post-production|
|2015||The Slap||Ritchie Joanou (né Collins)||5 episodes; American adaptation of the Australian series|
|2017||Yen||Hench||Lucille Lortel Theatre|