At just 32 years old, don’t count out actor/comedian/songwriter Michael Cera just yet. But if his output in recent years is any indication, this former child star might have already peaked…
While appearing in numerous commercials and TV series in his native Canada as a kid, Michael Cera made his film debut at the precocious age of 12 in sci-fi movie Frequency. By 2000, he moved into the big time, featuring opposite Julia Roberts and George Clooney in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, a year later winning over small screen audiences as George Michael Bluth in enduring cult sitcom Arrested Development.
By 2007 there was no stopping him, starring in Oscar-winning drama Juno with Elliot Page and Jason Bateman as well as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s breakout teen coming-of-age comedy Superbad, opposite Jonah Hill.
Going on to star as the title character in Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and later as a fictional version of himself in The End of Love (2012), Cera subsequently featured in Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed 2017 drama Molly’s Game, and appeared opposite Julianne Moore in 2018 dramedy Gloria Bell.
However, over the past five years, he has more often been heard rather than seen, voicing characters in Sausage Party (2016) and The Lego Batman Movie (2017), while his only confirmed future film projects are also animated features: Cryptozoo, Blazing Samurai and The Lego Batman Movie 2.
An overachiever, Cera also pursued a music career, playing mandolin and contributing backing vocals for a Weezer song, touring with indie bands Mister Heavenly and The Long Goodbye, as well as releasing a solo album seven years ago.
Shy about his private life, he married four years ago, although little is known about his wife, Nadine Cera, likely because of the backlash he received after dumping longtime girlfriend and actress Charlyne Yi, whom he met after she featured in Knocked Up.
STACK hopes to see more of the talented Michael Cera in the coming years, but until then, we will just have to content ourselves with hearing his voice and re-watching Juno, Scott Pilgrim, Superbad, et al.