Alden Caleb Ehrenreich (born November 22, 1989) is an American actor. He made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's independent film Tetro (2009) and appeared in Coppola's subsequent film Twixt (2011). In 2013, he appeared in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, Park Chan-wook's Stoker and starred in Richard LaGravenese's Beautiful Creatures. In 2016, he starred as Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!
Ehrenreich was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Sari (née Newmann), an interior designer, and Mark Ehrenreich. His stepfather, Harry Aronowitz, is an orthodontist. He is from a Jewish family (from Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Poland), and was raised in Reconstructionist Judaism.
Ehrenreich began acting at the Palisades Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, and continued doing so at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. After graduating from high school, he spent years at New York University studying acting but never finished his degree. In 2009, he co-founded the group The Collectin with his friend Zoë Worth in New York. The group is made up of group of actors, writers, producers and directors who collaborate on films and theater performances. The group has put on eight theater productions in both New York City and Los Angeles including As the Boat Approaches, a one-act play by Justin Kuritzkes.
Ehrenreich was discovered at a friend's bat mitzvah reception, by Steven Spielberg, when Spielberg saw a short comedy featuring Ehrenreich. Ehrenreich has described the comedic performance he gave in the movie as: "I ran around as a skinny little punk, trying on girls' clothes and eating dirt." The meeting with Spielberg led to acting roles on television shows such as Supernatural and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In 2007, Ehrenreich auditioned and won the role of Bennie Tetrocini in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro. Coppola requested Ehrenreich read a passage from The Catcher in the Rye for his main audition. The film was released in limited release in 2009 and received generally positive reviews from critics; praising Ehrenreich's performance. In 2011, he played a minor role in Coppola's subsequent film Twixt and appeared alongside Natalie Portman in the Sofia Coppola-directed Miss Dior Cherie commercial.
In 2013, he starred as Ethan Wate in the film adaptation of the novel Beautiful Creatures, and appeared as Whip Taylor in Park Chan-wook's thriller film Stoker. He then played the stepson of Cate Blanchett in the Woody Allen-directed drama film Blue Jasmine. In 2016, Ehrenreich became more widely known for his co-leading role as Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar!, alongside a cast that included Josh Brolin and George Clooney. Many critics praised Ehrenreich's performance in particular.
Ehrenreich was cast in a leading role in Warren Beatty's upcoming untitled Howard Hughes project. He will star in The Yellow Birds (2016) with Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, and Jennifer Aniston.