, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Seth Rogen is a Canadian comedian, screenwriter, voice artist, film producer, and actor. Rogen began his career doing stand-up comedy for four years during his teens, coming in second place in the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest in 1998. While still living in his native Vancouver, he landed a supporting role in 'Freaks and Geeks'. Shortly after Rogen moved to Los Angeles for his role, 'Freaks and Geeks' was canceled after one season due to poor ratings. He then got a part on the equally short-lived 'Undeclared', which also hired him as a staff writer.
ogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to Sandy, a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who works for non-profit organizations and as an assistant director of a Workmen's Circle. He has described his parents, who met at an Israeli kibbutz, as "radical Jewish socialists." He has one older sister, Danya, who is a social worker. Rogen attended Vancouver Talmud Torah Elementary School and Point Grey Secondary School (although he never graduated), incorporating many of his classmates into his writing. He was also known for the stand-up comedy he performed at Camp Miriam, a Habonim Dror camp.
Rogen got his start in show business at age 12, after signing up for a comedy workshop class. His early comedy routines involved jokes about his bar mitzvah, his grandparents and his camp counselors. At the age of 13, he co-wrote a rough draft of Superbad with childhood friend Evan Goldberg. Rogen and Goldberg spent the rest of their time in high school polishing the script; they initially worried that the 1999 film American Pie had beaten them to the idea for the film, but felt that the film lacked "all honest interaction between characters, which is what [they]'re going for. "His mother was supportive of his comic endeavors and would often drive him to stand up gigs at the comedy club Yuk Yuks. With his deadpan humor, he placed second in the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest at 16 years old. Also at age 16, he auditioned for Judd Apatow's television show Freaks and Geeks, and landed the role of Ken Miller. After dropping out of high school, he began working full time for Apatow.
After landing a job as a staff writer on the final season of 'Da Ali G Show', for which Rogen and the other writers received an Emmy nomination, he was guided by film producer Judd Apatow toward a film career. Rogen was cast in a major supporting role and credited as a co-producer in Apatow's directorial debut, The '40-Year-Old Virgin'. After receiving critical praise for that performance, Universal Pictures agreed to cast him as the lead in Apatow's directorial feature films 'Knocked Up' and 'Funny People'. Rogen and his comedy partner Evan Goldberg co-wrote the comedy films 'Superbad' and Pineapple Express', with whom he originally intended to headline while attending Point Grey Secondary School. Rogen has voiced characters in the films 'Horton Hears a Who!', 'Kung Fu Panda', 'Monsters vs. Aliens', and 'Paul'.
Rogen's first exposure to the entertainment field began with commercial work in Canada at the age of 13. In 2001, Rogen also had a minor role in Donnie Darko (playing Ricky Danforth) and in 2003 on an episode of Dawson's Creek called "Rock Bottom" as "Bob" in their last season, that he also claims he never saw. Following the cancellation of his second series in 2002, Rogen developed a soured attitude toward television, not wanting to act on another show unless Apatow was involved.
Rogen's first major writing job was for Apatow's second short-lived television series, Undeclared, for which he was hired as a writer before he was offered an acting role. During the show's run, Rogen wrote one episode by himself and co-wrote four others.
In 2008 Rogen won the Best Writing (Film) Canadian Comedy Award for Superbad. He had written the script for this 2007 comedy years earlier, as a starring role for himself. The Superbad team then looked for "an 18-year-old version" of Rogen and chose frequent Rogen collaborator Jonah Hill (who is slightly less than two years younger). Rogen also wrote the screenplay for the Owen Wilson movie Drillbit Taylor, which is based on a 70-page scriptment written by John Hughes.
Rogen returned to the big screen in 2005 with a major supporting role in Apatow's directorial debut 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' alongside Steve Carell.
In USA Today's recent profile of the so-called "frat pack" group of actors, they mention those actors' rising salaries makes it financially wiser to cast newcomers like Rogen as supporting characters, citing his roles in 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' and 'Dupree' as successful examples. When asked in an interview if he is in the group, Rogen has stated that he is not sure.
While Rogen did pen Owen Wilson's Drillbit Taylor, he did not appear in it since the script mostly involved high school students. 'Freaks and Geeks' co-star James Franco reunited with Rogen for the Rogen/Goldberg-written comedy, 'Pineapple Express'. Rogen hosted Saturday Night Live on October 6, 2007 and again on April 4, 2009. Rogen's next release was Kevin Smith's 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno', in which he co-starred with Elizabeth Banks.
Later in 2009, Rogen starred in Apatow's third directorial feature, 'Funny People', with Adam Sandler. In April 2008, Empire reported that Rogen and Evan Goldberg would write an episode for the animated television series The Simpsons. He also voiced a character in the episode. The episode was titled Homer the Whopper and was the season premiere.
After years of speculation, a feature film adaptation of 'The Green Hornet' was handled by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, with a theatrical release of January 2011. To prepare for his role, Rogen's physical appearance has been changed through fitness routines.
Rogen has described the shock of being thrust into an industry where he is now working alongside the comedic icons he grew up watching, such as Adam Sandler, Owen Wilson, and Jim Carrey. Rogen was also a huge fan of the Da Ali G Show's first season, so it was a shock to suddenly work for Sacha Baron Cohen. Rogen cites the films 'Porky's' and 'Bachelor Party', in addition to films by Kevin Smith, as inspirations for writing sex comedies.
Rogen moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16, after Apatow discovered him in Vancouver. During his late teens, Rogen's parents moved from Canada with him, but by the time he landed his second television series, his parents would live in both Canada and the United States. Rogen still resides in Los Angeles with his fiance, Lauren Miller, whom he met in 2004. She has had minor on-screen roles in a few of Rogen's films. She has also produced, written, and directed four unrelated films. Rogen and Miller became engaged in September 2010.