No need to worry, NO spoilers for 'Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens' lie ahead!
You may recognize Adam Driver as Adam in Girls, and if not, you'll definitely recognize him as the actor cast to play Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I'm obviously in the dark as to whether you've seen the movie yet, but I'll assume you haven't so as to make this a spoiler-free zone.
As it turns out Driver had a pretty interesting life prior to picking up the lightsaber. So as he'll be playing a pretty big role in the lives of any and all Star Wars fans for the next few years, let's go through some interesting facts about the life of Adam Driver.
1. He Had An Interesting Upbringing
Born in San Diego, California, in 1983, Driver eventually moved to Indiana for college. After only a year he made his way to Juilliard, New York, after which he immediately began a career in theatre. His childhood was extremely strict, worsened by the fact that his step-father was a Baptist minister. From Christianity to the Sith -- that sure is a leap!
2. He's Married
Yeah, I'm afraid so. To the extreme disappointment of many of his adoring fans, it seems Driver is happily married to actress Joanne Tucker. The long-term couple, who have been together since long before the pair achieved fame, had a quiet wedding in June 2013, with just a hand-full of guests in attendance.
3. He Has A Broad Ancestry
For those of you who have been wondering just where Adam Driver's ancestors hail from, you're in luck! It seems the Driver's have origins in England, Holland, Germany, Scotland and good old Ireland. Did you call that one? Have I sated your desire for knowledge?
4. He's Had An Interesting Career
After attending Juilliard, Driver made his way to the theatre. After that he had small roles in a variety of television programs and movies, including: The Unusuals, Law and Order and You Don't Know Jack. Since then Driver's career has exploded; he's since had a huge role in Girls, voice-acted in The Simpsons and of course he's now playing Kylo Ren in Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.
5. He Was A Marine
Now to the reason you're here. It turns out that our new favorite villain from The Force Awakens didn't always train with a lightsaber. It seems that the events of September 11th 2001 encouraged Driver to join the Marines.
Driver discussed his former career in an interview with Interview Magazine, stating:
"September 11 happened and all my friends were like "Let's join the military!" and I was the only one who actually did. September 11 was part of it, but I also needed to get out of that city. Not that I'm not grateful for having grown up in Indiana, but I needed to get out of there, and the Marine Corps was a nice, stable option. I had nothing going on, other than selling vacuum cleaners, so I made the decision in January and by February I was gone."
Well that comes as a surprise. It's good to see that despite his new found celebrity, Driver is still down to earth about his past in the military.
So, you might ask, why did Driver move from defending the U.S. to siding with the Empire?
I was in a mountain biking accident and broke my sternum about three months before my unit was supposed to deploy to Iraq, and it's such a close-knit community that the idea of not getting to go is hugely jarring, so I tried to get put back in training and wound up injuring it worse. So I got discharged and said, well, I guess I'll go to acting school now.
It seems we have an old injury to thank for Driver's role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Semper Fi, Driver. It's good to have you as part of the Star Wars franchise.