Hayden Christensen has been doing the fan convention rounds lately, due to his upcoming appearance in the Disney+ Star Wars ‘Kenobi’ series. although he can be shy, he never fails to make the fans feel like they matter. he listens to their praise for their love of Star Wars and Anakin Skywalker with patience and humility. he praises them for the artwork they show and the character based outfits they wear. the safety protocols for the COVID virus have made the celebrities not as accessible as they have been in the past, with plexiglass dividers for the photo ops/autograph tables, along with the wearing of masks, which makes it even harder to hear in the already noisy convention venues. Hayden has been stringent with the protocols in his everyday life because he has a 6yr old daughter to look out for, but he didn’t let that hinder the kindness he showed to the fans in Florida and New York City, often coming out from behind the glass during the photo ops to give someone a hug or hand hold when he could tell they really needed it. he’s a good sport with the photo poses, which is always hilarious for me to see because it can be awkward, but he tries! how many times can you make a half heart gesture with your hand or hold a toy lightsaber before your smile starts to falter? you can tell when different poses make him laugh though because his eyes sparkle and his face shows that it’s not just the fans who are having fun with the experience.
Some of my favorite photos from the recent New York Comic Con:
nottheanakinway (Twitter) showed Hayden the sweatshirt she designed, featuring symbols representing her favorite roles that he’s played. as she tried to convey how much they, and he, mean to her, he sweetly held her hand. I love her smile, she’s so excited!
rachelleishman (Twitter) wanted ‘the high ground’, so Hayden kneeled. no doubt every fangirl will be taking this pose out of context for years to come…
speaking of, there was an actual proposal during one of the photo ops! so cute that they captured Hayden’s reaction to the momentous event.
marvelcait (Twitter) nervously apologized when she lost her balance during her pose, to which Hayden replied, “it’s okay, Beautiful”. #charmer
having Hayden ‘Force Choke’ them, or vice versa, seemed to be a popular pose with many fans.
harlin88 (Instagram) became so overwhelmed during the culminating moment, that she had a hard time pulling herself together. while the photographer graciously gave her time, Hayden struck up a conversation with her two young sons, one of whom is actually named after Hayden. she returned the next day and Hayden recognized her from the day before, saying he really wanted to give her a hug in the moment but they were being strict with the protocols that day; he remedied that the second time around. her boys are so cute in their Jedi costumes.
acslater_96 (Instagram) is a police officer who was working security for the event and was able to catch Hayden during a break in the festivities. Hayden eagerly took pics with him and some of his fellow officers, thanking them for their service.
I don’t know the story behind this one, I just think she looks adorable.
Fan conventions must be nerve wracking for the celebrity guests, especially if they themselves are anxious or shy at all, but Hayden seems to realize how important just a few seconds of his time is to his fans, especially the young adults. coaxing a smile out of a nervous teenage girl, holding a woman’s hand when she gets tongue tied, or giving a man the universal bro handshake-fist pound combination that all males seem to secretly know, these are the little things that they will remember as very big things for years to come.
Bonus: vid of Hayden congratulating The Empire State Building on it’s 90 year anniversary.