Seth Rogen is a Canadian actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director. He began his career performing stand-up comedy during his teenage years. He has starred in numerous films, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), Superbad (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), Funny People (2009), This Is the End (2013), The Interview (2014), Sausage Party (2016), and Long Shot (2019). He has also done voice work for the films Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), and Paul (2011). Rogen has written and produced several films, including Superbad, Pineapple Express, This Is the End, and Sausage Party. He has also served as a producer on the television series Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, and Da Ali G Show.
Rogen is a member of the comedy duo Seth & Evan, with Evan Goldberg. Rogen was born on April 15, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy (Belogus), a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who worked for non-profit organizations. He has an older sister, Danya. Rogen was raised in a Jewish family. His parents were both born in Vancouver. Rogen attended Vancouver Talmud Torah Elementary School and Point Grey Secondary School.
He graduated from Point Grey in 1999. Rogen’s comedy career began when he was just 13 years old. He started performing stand-up at local clubs and coffeehouses. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he wrote for the television shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. Rogen’s film debut came in Donnie Darko (2001). He has since appeared in numerous films, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), Superbad (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), Funny People (2009), This Is the End (2013), The Interview (2014), Sausage Party (2016), and Long Shot (2019).
Rogen has also done voice work for the films Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), and Paul (2011). Rogen has written and produced several films, including Superbad, Pineapple Express, This Is the End, and Sausage Party. He has also served as a producer on the television series Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, and Da Ali G Show. Rogen is a member of the comedy duo Seth & Evan, with Evan Goldberg. Rogen has been in a relationship with Lauren Miller since 2004.
The couple got engaged in 2010 and married in 2011. They have two daughters: Frances and Lily.
Screenwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Film producer, Voice Actor, Film director
Vancouver Talmud Torah, Point Grey Secondary School
Mark Rogen, Sandy Rogen
MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Moment, MTV Movie Award for Best Jaw Dropping Moment, Canadian Comedy Award for Multimedia / Best Writing in a Feature, Canadian Comedy Award for Multimedia / Canadian Comedy Person of the Year
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance, MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo, People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actor, Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, K...
Sausage Party, The Interview, This Is the End, Neighbors, Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Night Before, Knocked Up, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, The Green Hornet, 50/50, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Funny People, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Guilt Trip, Observe and Report, Take This Waltz, Monsters ...
[on Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)] It's a really filthy movie. I hear they are having some problems getting an R rating from an NC-17 rating, which is never good... They [fight against] sex stuff. Isn't that weird? It's really crazy to me that Hostel (2005) is fine, with people gouging their eyes out and shit like that, but you can't show two people having sex - that's too much.
In the best-case scenario and the worse-case scenario, a drama plays to a theatre of silent people. In a comedy, you can really tell when it's not working - it's not a mystery. You don't have to talk to your friends in the parking lot after.
I think a very Canadian mentality is one of self-consciousness. Kind of apologising for yourself and not fully embracing what it is that you are.
The Green Hornet (2011) was such a fucking nightmare when we were making it that it would have been a miracle if it turned into something that was in any way even presentable.
Comedies get so much scrutiny [by studios] because everybody is an expert. But there was no scrutiny with the visual effects side of it, so they never asked to see how big the demon's dick was.
[on 'This is the End'] We made a list of our dream team, and called them all individually before we even wrote the script and told them about it. None of them were against being terrible versions of themselves.
I don't preconceive. I've worked with a lot of people who people have told me are super-difficult, and I haven't found them to be difficult at all. I've also worked with people that people have said are easy, and I've hated them.
I think one of the biggest things [Barbra and I] have in common is that we both take our work seriously - and we both want to go home. A lot of people are more than happy to keep working and shooting, and you get no sense that they like it at home. I love working, and I want it to be as good as it can possibly be. But then I want to go home and spend time with my dog and my wife and watch television.
[on working with Barbra Streisand] We both understand where the cameras are and how editing works, and I think that makes improvising a lot easier. We've both been on the other side of the camera in various ways, and that makes you a totally different actor. Once you've produced a movie, directed a movie, it makes you understand that a lot of things that actors do are obnoxious.
[appearing with co-presenter Kate Beckinsale on the 2012 Golden Globes Awards] I am currently trying to conceal a massive erection.
[on performing comedy] Reality and honesty is the most important thing. As soon as it feels like we're making a joke where there wouldn't be one, then we don't do it.
I think Canadian comedy is a little darker in general. To me, 'Kids in the Hall' is just the benchmark, and it's very twisted and absurd.
[on his appearance in The Green Hornet (2011)] The whole story of the movie is that Britt is an irresponsible idiot who's trying to get his life together to do something worthwhile. As an irresponsible idiot, I'm quite good.
Afterwards, Paul McCartney was in the room with us. There was a point where he was three feet away from me and all I kept thinking was, "If I run up and kick him in the crotch right now, I'll be the most famous man alive".
[on appearing in Knocked Up (2007) and Pineapple Express (2008)] You know, I never had a girlfriend before and I thought it would masculinize me. But it's actually done the opposite. Now I know about accent walls and the whole world of throw pillows.
When I first moved to LA, I went out to meet with agencies, and one of them asked me what my goals were. I said "to be in a Kevin Smith movie". That goal has not changed.
On writing and starring in The Green Hornet (2011): Nerds love complaining. You go to Ain't It Cool News, and everybody complains about everything. They could find out Jesus Christ was making a movie with Frank Miller, and they'd say, 'That's a terrible combination!
I couldn't say enough great things about him. He's the reason I'm not a homeless crack-head right now. - on Judd Apatow.
I remember when I got my first Adam Sandler CD and it was the funniest thing I'd ever heard in my entire life, and continues to be.
My mom's a social worker and my dad works in non-profit organizations. But they seem very radical in American terms, embracing a form of socialism that really doesn't even exist here. I mean, where I come from, communism is not a terrible word.
It shocks me that 90210 (2008) and Superbad (2007) are technically considered part of the same genre. It was as much TV shows as movies that made us feel under-represented. No part of me watched 90210 (2008) and thought, 'Yeah! that's what my life is like!' It seemed like a different planet. I mean, I like shitty movies as much as the next guy, I'm not a snob, but things like that had no guys like us in it - that was the point.
Due to his deep voice and bulky frame, he has always appeared old for his age. When he was doing stand-up in his teens, he was often thought to have been in his 20s, and at the age of 22, he convincingly played a 30-something character in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005).
As a child, Rogen attended Camp Miriam, a Jewish summer camp on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada. He also studied for and had his Bar Mitzvah, the coming-of-age service that Jewish boys celebrate at age 13.