Happy Birthday: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor

Date of Birth 10 July 1977, Forest Gate, London, England, UK
Height 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)

I remember getting cast in Amistad and getting this very strong feeling that I had overshot myself. It was a great shock. It made me realize that this is not a profession you can predict; that you can have all these ambitions and expectations and that they can all be thrown to the wind. What was peculiar about that situation was that my aspirations were so far below what actually happened.

I like to disappear into a role. I equate the success of it with a feeling of being chemically changed.

I always thought of the play as a sequel to Romeo and Juliet. I think Shakespeare’s so astute in his understanding of people being vulnerable, you know. And that love is so easy to corrupt. I think so many of Shakespeare’s plays are about how fragile love is – how perfect and beautiful it is, but also how terrifying and easy to manipulate it is.

But these are the realities of the artistic idealism and the stock, the commercial/financial realism, and, so, somehow sometimes it is going to work in your favor and sometimes against, and that’s all part and parcel of it. We just, in our end, just carry on trying to sort of produce the work, or the best work we can do, and hope that at their end they find a way of getting that to as many people as possible in the cinema medium.

Happy Birthday: John Simm

John SimmJohn Simm

Date of Birth 10 July 1970, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK
Height 5′ 9″ (1.75 m)

Married to:
Kate Magowan (April 2004 – present) (2 children)

I think I can be closed in. I can close this outer shell, cut myself off and be quite cold. I can cut other people off if I need to. I don’t think I’m angry, though… Maybe my wife would disagree.

I love Manchester. I always have, ever since I was a kid, and I go back as much as I can. Manchester’s my spiritual home. I’ve been in London for 22 years now but Manchester’s the only other place, I think, in the country that I could live.

I can’t watch shows like The X Factor (2004), for instance. I just squirm for the people involved, for the way they’re being used. It’s the cruellest, most ridiculous show on television. It’s ruined music, ruined everything.

You never undertake a project because you think other people will like it – because that way lies madness – but rather because you believe in it.

Happy Birthday: Golshifteh Farahani

Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani

Born: July 10, 1983 in Tehran, Iran

First Iranian star after the 1979 revolution to play in a major Hollywood production: Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies (2008) with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe.

After playing in Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies (2008), Golshifteh was banned from leaving her home country Iran in February 2008 on her way to London to make a screen test for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010). The role she was set to audition for eventually went to English actress Gemma Arterton. This was only reported 6 months later when she actually could leave the country. She now lives in Paris, France.

Happy Birthday: Peter Serafinowicz

Peter SerafinowiczPeter Serafinowicz

Date of Birth 10 July 1972, Liverpool, England, UK
Birth Name Peter Szymon Serafinowicz
Height 6′ 3″ (1.91 m)

Married to Sarah Alexander

I don’t really say much in the film. Mostly I watched light saber battle scenes and did grunts and growls while George Lucas watched from the couch, I got a bit carried away and pretended I had a light saber — I was waving my arms about. On recording the voice of Darth Maul

I had to come up with a scary voice which could be attributed to a younger villain. Basically I used my own voice with a kind of Marlboro huskiness thrown in. On recording the voice of Darth Maul

I was trying to exude this coolness, but I kept tripping over things – inside I was nearly having a heart attack…I did my impression of Darth Vader for [George Lucas] and he laughed. On recording the voice of Darth Maul

Happy Birthday: Sofía Vergara

Sofía VergaraSofía Vergara

Date of Birth 10 July 1972, Barranquilla, Colombia
Birth Name Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara
Nickname La Toti
Height 5′ 7″ (1.7 m)

Married to: Joe Manganiello (22 November 2015 – present)
Joe Gonzalez (25 December 1991 – 1993) (divorced) (1 child)

I’m a natural blonde. But when I started acting, I would go to auditions and they didn’t know where to put me because I was voluptuous and had the accent–but I had blonde hair. It was ignorance: they thought every Latin person looks like Salma Hayek.

If you see me without mascara, my eyelashes are completely blonde, I’m very, very fair-skinned.

My father told me if I did anything artistic, I would look like a hooker. I told him, “With these huge boobs that I inherited from your mother, I already look like a hooker!”.

[on turning down the controversial role of Charlotte Bless in The Paperboy (2012)]: It was a fun role. I was so glad that I didn’t have to pee in anyone’s face, though. I was glad it was not me. For [Nicole Kidman], that’s nothing. For me, it would have been three weeks of stress. How am I going to pee in there?
[on her discomfort with her breasts at age 13]: I wanted surgery. I told my mom, “As soon as I’m older, please take these boobs away.” She said, “Sofia, shut up. When you’re 18, it will be different.” I was like “Why would I want these huge boobs?”. I’m a 34DD. It’s hard to dress. No matter what I wear, I look like a stripper.

Happy Birthday: Wyatt Russell

Wyatt RussellWyatt Russell

Date of Birth 10 July 1986, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth Name Wyatt Hawn Russell
Height 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)

Younger half-brother of actor Oliver Hudson, actress Kate Hudson and Boston Russell.

Reported for the WHL’s Prince George (British Columbia, Canada) Cougars training camp. Russell – who is described as an aggressive, standup goaltender with a strong skating stride – arrived in a private jet his parents bought; the family moved into a $4-million Vancouver mansion 1 July. Oddly, the team’s press releases have not mentioned Russell at all. [August 2002]

Happy Birthday: Stefán Karl Stefánsson

Stefán Karl StefánssonStefán Karl Stefánsson

Date of Birth 10 July 1975, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Birth Name Stefan Karl
Nickname Stebbi
Height 6′ 2½” (1.89 m)

Has been trained in a number of things, such as: Baritone voice, Russian and English fencing (guarded and unguarded) Tap dancing, Modern dance, Comedia dell’arte, Stand-up comedy, Piano, accordian and drums

Played Robbie Rotten in theatres, 5 years before the LazyTown (2004) show started.

Is known as the “Icelandic Jim Carrey”.