Rebecca Hall Biography: In Her Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos
Rebecca Maria Hall (born May 3, 1982; age: 35) is a British-American actress.
Hall also starred in the films Transcendence (2014) and The Awakening (2011).
Rebecca Hall Bio: Age, Early Life
Hall was born in London to English stage director Peter Hall, who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company, and American opera singer Maria Ewing.
Her parents separated when she was very little, and divorced in 1990. Hall has five half-siblings.
Hall studied English Literature at St. Catharine’s College in Cambridge but dropped out in 2002 right before her final year. At the college, she was involved in theater, and even established her own theater company. She joined the drama club the Marlowe Society and starred with housemate Dan Stevens, also an English Literature student at a neighboring university, in multiple productions.
Rebecca Hall Bio: Early Film And TV Career
Hall’s first film appearance came in 1992, when she starred as young Sophy in her father’s television adaptation of Mary Wesley’s novel The Camomile Lawn whens she was 10. Her feature film debut was in the 2006 movie version of David Nicholls’s Starter for Ten.
Hall’s breakthrough role came that same year in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, in which she played Christian Bale’s character’s wife.
In 2008, Hall gained further recognition when she starred in Woody Allen’s romantic comedy-drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona, alongside Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. For her performance, Hall was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical, among other lesser-known award nominations.
That same year, Hall starred in Ron Howard’s historical drama Frost/Nixon, in which she played the girlfriend of David Frost, played by Michael Sheen.
In 2009, she starred in the British fantasy-horror flick Dorian Gray based on Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
After a small role in the 2010 indie film Please Give, Hall starred in Ben Affleck’s crime drama The Town that same year, playing Affleck’s love interest.
Hall then played the lead female role in the 2011 British horror film The Awakening.
In 2012, Hall played a main role in the comedy-drama film Lay the Favorite, which co-starred Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson and Vince Vaughn.
Hall then played Maya Hansen, Robert Downey Jr.’s character’s love interest from years prior, in 2013’s Iron Man 3.
Also in 2013, Hall starred in the political thriller Closed Circuit with Eric Bana and Jim Broadbent.
In 2014, Hall played a main role in the sci-fi thriller Transcendence opposite Johnny Depp.
Hall appeared in two movies in 2015: the romantic comedy Tumbledown — co-starring Jason Sudeikis and Joe Manganiello — and the psychological thriller The Gift, which starred Joel Edgerton and Jason Bateman. Edgerton also wrote, produced and directed the film.
In 2016, Hall received much praise for her performance in the biographical drama Christine. In the film, she played real-life television news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who was the first person to commit suicide on a live broadcast in 1974 at age 29.
More recently, Hall has starred in Steven Spielberg’s fantasy film The BFG (2016), the drama The Dinner (2017), the romantic comedy-drama Permission (2017), and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017).
Hall is also set to reunite with Woody Allen for his upcoming (2018) romantic comedy A Rainy Day in New York alongside Timothee Chalamet, Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, and Jude Law.
In January 2018, Hall announced on Instagram that she regretted working on the film and refused to work with Allen ever again following revelations that he sexually abused his daughter Dylan Farrow. Three other actors from Rainy Day, including Chalamet, and Gomez, also said they regretted working on the movie and that they would (just like Hall did) donate their salaries from the film to the Time’s Up organization dedicated to fighting sexual harassment and assault and gender inequality.
Rebecca Hall: Theater Work
Hall’s first began actin on the stage in 2002 when she starred in her father’s production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession in London.
Hall then acted in two more of her father’s plays in 2003: As You Like It and The Fight for Barbara.
She also starred in an adaptation of Moliere’s Don Juan in 2004.
In 2008-09, Hall acted in The Winter’s Tale, The Cherry Orchard, and then in Twelfth Night in 2010-11.
Hall made her Broadway debut in 2013 in the expressionist play Machinal.
Rebecca Hall Interview: Vicky Christina Barcelona
In January 2009, Hall sat down with uinterview for an exclusive interview about her romantic film Vicky Christina Barcelona. She answered questions from online users.
“That’s a good question. There were a lot,” Hall said in response to a question about a moment she experienced during filming that encapsulated what making the movie was like. “There was a strange moment on my first day actually. It sort of sunk in for various symbolic reasons that I was in a Woody Allen film. We were shooting the scene where I am walking through the back of a restaurant looking at things… there was a large pot of lobsters being cooked that was part of the shot… I just remember catching Woody [Allen], who I barely knew at the time – and was quite scared of – he’d gone into his own world staring at these lobsters, nothing was getting through to him… it just reminded me of that moment in Annie Hall with the lobsters. Seeing Woody Allen stare at these lobsters in a slightly more sad, poignant way.”
Hall also praised her co-stars Johansson, Cruz and Bardem.
“They are massive movie stars,” she said. “They are incredibly good at what they do. This was my third film or something ridiculous. I was scared they would find out I didn’t know what I was doing and chase me out of the building. It’s leveling when you are making a film. It doesn’t matter how big the stars are or what they’ve done before, all of that goes out the window and becomes secondary to getting the job done… quite often that means treating each other like equals, which they did to me. So they quit being scary and started being people, and I’m proud to say friends.”
Rebecca Hall Bio: Marriage, Height, Weight, Social Media, Quotes
Hall has been married to fellow actor Morgan Spector since September 2015. The two starred together in Permission, but had met before that while working on Broadway’s Machinal in 2014. Before that, she dated director Sam Mendes for two years (2011-2013).
Hall is 5-foot-9 and weighs 126 pounds. She is not on Twitter, but is on Instagram as @rebecahall.
“One of the great things about the ‘Iron Man’ franchise is that they employ fascinating actors who don’t necessarily do action movies. Before ‘Iron Man’ you didn’t associate Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow with those kinds of films. There’s an emphasis on repartee and wit.”
“I was the kid that grew up watching Bette Davis films.”
“Since ‘Christine’ started screening, I’m overwhelmed by the response from women and men – that it’s so rare to see something like this. We’re just not given the opportunity so much.”
“Steven Spielberg was a huge part of my childhood, like everyone’s, I guess.”