Today's Birthday, June 1: Ed Oxenbould, Australian actor, (2001 - ).
Director Miguel Arteta spent months auditioning about 500 kids for the title role of a blockbuster before he saw a tape made by Aussie Ed Oxenbould and knew he'd found his special star.
The then 12-year-old budding actor won the main role in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opposite Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner (2014), after filming himself in his home. His brother's blue doona provided the backdrop.
"Unlike all the kids before him who sounded very whiny when they were talking about the bad things that happened in their bad day, Ed sounded like a kid who just felt misunderstood," Areta told Fairfax Media in 2014.
Son to professional actors Jamie Oxenbould and Di Adams, Oxenbould was born in Melbourne in 2001.
He attended Newtown's School of the Performing Arts but missed many hours due to his on-set responsibilities. When acting in the US he had a private tutor for three hours per day.
While auditioning for advertisements he crossed paths with another actor Matthew Moore, who spotted his burgeoning talent.
Moore wrote the short film, Julian, with Oxenbould in mind for the main role of a nine-year-old Julian Assange. The film won Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival and Oxenbould, then aged 12, was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Young Actor.
He was then cast in a remake of Puberty Blues opposite Claudia Karvan (2012-2014).
Notable films that followed included 3D children's drama Paper Planes with Sam Worthington (2014), and M. Night Shyamalan's horror flick The Visit (2015).
Most recently he starred in Paul Dano's directorial debut Wildlife, based on the novel by Richard Ford. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim.