American actor and filmmaker, Brady James Monson Corbet, often regarded simply as Brady Corbet, has been making notable strides in the Hollywood landscape. Born on August 17, 1988, in the sun-soaked city of Scottsdale, Arizona, Corbet would later journey to the bustling city of Los Angeles to pursue his passion for acting and filmmaking.
Early Beginnings in Acting
Corbet’s career began when he was merely 11 years old, landing a guest role on the popular CBS sitcom, The King of Queens. His young, vibrant voice also found a home in the world of Japanese anime, breathing life into characters in the English versions of NieA under 7 and I My Me! Strawberry Eggs.
Corbet’s first foray into the film industry came in 2003 when he starred alongside Holly Hunter, Evan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jeremy Sisto in the critically acclaimed drama, Thirteen. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film marked the start of Corbet’s journey into the world of cinema.
Stepping Stone Roles
In 2004, Corbet landed the role of Alan Tracy in the movie adaptation of the British TV show Thunderbirds. He shared the screen with Bill Paxton, playing the youngest son of a billionaire ex-astronaut. The same year, he showcased his talent in a different genre with the release of Mysterious Skin. Directed by California filmmaker Gregg Araki, Corbet played a troubled teen named Brian Lackey, who suspects he was abducted by aliens.
Corbet continued his trajectory of diverse roles in 2007, starring in Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and later in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia in 2011. These experiences with esteemed directors significantly influenced his approach to filmmaking.
Parallel to his film career, Corbet made his presence known on the small screen as well. Notably, he played the character of Derek Huxley in the first six episodes of the fifth season of the hit American television Shows 24. His character was the son of Jack Bauer’s new girlfriend, played by Kiefer Sutherland.
Transition to Filmmaking
In 2013, Corbet took a step behind the camera, signing on to direct his first feature film, The Childhood of a Leader. The film, set during World War I, premiered at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, where Corbet bagged the Best Director award in the Horizons section.
Corbet’s directorial journey carried on with his second feature film, Vox Lux, in 2018. The film starred Natalie Portman and Jude Law, further establishing Corbet as a notable filmmaker. In 2020, reports emerged that Corbet would direct his third film, The Brutalist, featuring Joel Edgerton and Marion Cotillard.
Corbet’s personal life is no less intriguing than his professional one. He has been in a relationship with director and actress Mona Fastvold since 2012, whom he met on the set of The Sleepwalker. The couple welcomed their first child in 2014.
Adding another feather to his cap, Corbet made appearances in music videos, including the indie rock band Bright Eyes’ “At The Bottom Of Everything” and Ima Robot’s “Lovers in Captivity”. His ventures into music only underscore his versatility as an artist.
Recognitions and Awards
Corbet’s work has not gone unnoticed. He has received several accolades for his outstanding performances and directorial ventures. His debut as a director, The Childhood of a Leader, won Best Debut film and Best Director award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
Brady Corbet’s journey from a child actor to an acclaimed director is nothing short of inspiring. With his unique storytelling approach and ability to portray complex characters, he has carved out a niche for himself in Hollywood. As he continues to grow, audiences eagerly await his next creative endeavor.