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EMILE HIRSCH (Sean) recently took time off from acting to work on a humanitarian journey that took him through the Congo, Zimbabwe and the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Following those incredible experiences Hirsch had a fire to get back to acting and he's been busy ever since.

First came the shoot in Russia for The Darkest Hour, and immediately following that, Hirsch went to New Orleans to work with legendary director William Friedkin on Killer Joe, a dark comedy where Hirsch stars opposite Matthew McConaughey and Juno Temple. Following Christmas break, Hirsch jumped into The Motel Life, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin, starring opposite Dakota Fanning. He recently completed production on two projects: Oliver Stone's Savages with Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, and Benicio Del Toro; and Venuto al Mondo, based on the best selling book by Margaret Mazzantini, starring Penelope Cruz and directed by Sergio Castellitto.

Hirsch was a Screen Actors Guild Award nominee as part of the ensemble of Gus Van Sant's Milk, in which Hirsch starred as real-life activist Cleve Jones opposite Sean Penn's Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award-winning performance as Harvey Milk. The Los Angeles native was also seen in Taking Woodstock, directed by Ang Lee and based on James Schamus' adaptation of Elliot Tiber's memoir.

In 2007, Hirsch garnered attention for his captivating performance in Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn. Based on the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer and adapted for the screen by Penn, Into the Wild starred Hirsch as real-life adventurer Christopher McCandless. His portrayal earned him the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actor; the Rising Star Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival; Gotham and Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Actor; and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, in both the lead actor and ensemble categories.

His other features include the Wachowski Brothers' Speed Racer, Nick Cassavetes' Alpha Dog, and Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown, opposite Heath Ledger.

Following Into the Wild, Hirsch became an Oxfam Ambassador and in June 2008 travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Oxfam. He spent five days visiting this country, which has suffered one of the most deadly conflicts since World War II, with over 5.4 million deaths, 1.3 million displaced persons, and violence and rape as a daily threat. Hirsch was featured on the cover of the January 2009 Men's Journal with a photo spread and a heartfelt diary about his experience. Following up is his initial trip, Hirsch traveled to Zimbabwe in April 2009 to experience first-hand Oxfam's response to the cholera crisis that hit the region. Most recently, Hirsch participated in Summit on the Summit, an expedition to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the need for clean water in the world.

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