Alden Ehrenreich's Explains the Story Behind His Unusual Name

The young actor, who starred in Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply and the Coen brothers' Hail, Caeser!, opens up about how he became an actor, his first kiss, and more.

Released on 3/22/2017

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Starring: Alden Ehrenreich

Transcript

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My parents went to see Field of Dreams
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when I was in my mom's stomach.
00:08
The director's name was Phil Alden Robinson.
00:11
And they saw the name on the screen
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and they liked the name.
00:14
And then I was born on Alden Drive,
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which is just a coincidence.
00:18
They changed the name to Gracie Allen Boulevard,
00:21
and then we got the street signs that said Alden Drive.
00:24
And then Ehrenreich means realm of honor, I think, or glory.
00:28
I sort of wanted to be the people I saw in the movies,
00:33
and then I would, you know,
00:34
play dress up and pretend I was those people.
00:37
And then I got to do it.
00:40
It's A Wonderful Life, probably.
00:42
And that's probably my favorite movie of all time.
00:45
I love Jimmy Stewart a lot.
00:47
I like when he's on the phone,
00:48
and he's talking about, I don't wanna do this,
00:51
and he's with Donna Reed and he's smelling her hair.
00:55
I like the end a lot.
00:56
And I try to go every year.
00:58
When you walk out of that movie
01:00
with a bunch of people at Christmastime,
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it's like you walk out a different audience
01:04
than you came in.
01:08
I was in a production of Our Town when I was 13,
01:12
which is also my favorite play.
01:14
And I was George, and me and Emily had our first kiss
01:18
backstage during the third act.
01:20
I brought mints to school for three weeks
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'cause I kinda knew it was gonna happen.
01:25
Every day I was prepping myself for it.
01:29
I was thrilled, yeah.
01:30
For some reason, she got mad at me shortly after that
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and didn't speak to me for the rest of the play.
01:35
And then we dated in high school.
01:36
Anyway, I shouldn't talk about this.