10 Things You Didn’t Know About Christian Bale

  
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8. Early Success

At the mere age of 13 he was selected out of 4,000 other kids to play the role of a British child living in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II in Steven Spielberg’s 1987 film, Empire of the Sun. Bale knew he wanted to be an actor ever since he was 10-years-old. He was inspired after he saw his older sister, Louise, act in a musical in London’s West End. That same year, in 1984, when he was only 10, he got his first theatrical role in the London play, The Nerd. He dropped out of school when he was 16 and moved with his father to Los Angeles when he was 17.

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7. Met His Wife

Christian Bale married Sibi Blazi, a former model and make-up artist in 2000. They’ve now been married for an incredible 16 years! He met Sibi through Winona Ryder, who was a friend of Bale’s. At the time, she was working as an assistant to Winona. The two later eloped in Las Vegas when he was 26 and she was 30. They had a daughter named Emmeline in 2005, and then in August 2015 they had a son, Joseph. Both Bale and Sibi are extremely private about their personal life, so not much is known about their relationship or family life. Bale did open up about his relationship briefly at the 2011 Critics Choice Awards when he won Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter: “[My wife] had to be married to so many different characters over our marriage. I know that it truly would be impossible to do it without her. She’s such a good, strong woman,” he said.

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