Seth Rogen is a Canadian-American comedian, screenwriter, actor, and filmmaker. He kicked off his career in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian and when he was a child, he never wanted to go after any other career besides comedy. The reason for this, according to him, was that the moment he discovered that one could be funny as a job he wanted no other job than being funny. However, he eventually ventured into acting, debuting on the small screen in the series Freaks and Geeks. Later on, Rogen established himself in Hollywood where he has gone beyond comedy and acting to write and produce his own shows. His success story will not be complete without mentioning the multi-hyphenated filmmaker, Judd Apatow, who guided him toward building a solid career in film. This was how it all started…
Seth Rogen’s Career Beginning And Breakthrough
Seth Aaron Rogen was born on April 15, 1982, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Right from childhood when he discovered his comic talent, he made up his mind to pursue a professional career in show business. This, he began in his teenage years at the age of 12 when he enrolled at the Mark Pooley-taught comedy workshop. He went ahead to hone his comedy skills by performing stand up at small parties and bars. His mom approved of his career path and showed support by chaperoning him to some of his gigs at the Yuk Yuks comedy club.
In collaboration with his childhood friend, Evan Goldberg, Seth at age 13, began writing comedic-piece based on their everyday experiences. At the age of 16, he won the Vancouver Amateur Comedy Contest. However, while his career bloomed, both of his parents lost their jobs. During the same period, Seth, following a casting call and landed his first acting job on Judd Apatow’s television show Freaks and Geeks. As a result, 16-year-old Seth took up the family responsibilities, dropped out of high school, and moved with his parents to Los Angeles.
Freaks and Geeks premiered in 1999 but despite being met with rave reviews, it remained a lowest-rated show on NBC and as a result, it was canceled after one season. However, the show became a cult classic, and Seth portrayed his role well enough to spark more interests from Judd Apatow. The filmmaker became close friends with the youngster while guiding him through his burgeoning career.
Seth continued to work with Apatow as a writer and actor. He was featured on his next project Undeclared, which was also short-lived, airing for a single season between 2001 and 2002. After the show’s abrupt end, Seth remained active as a writer for TV shows. His writing soon paid off big time when he received a Primetime Emmy nod as one of the staff writers for the last season “Da Ali G Show” in 2004.
The comedian eventually attracted international recognition for his role in Apatow’s 2005 comedy film The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which was a box office success grossing $177.4 million from a $26 million budget.
Seth’s success skyrocketed, thanks to yet another Apatow comedy film entitled Knocked Up (2007). The movie received much critical acclaim and was also a box office success grossing $219.1 million from a $30 million budget. Seth reportedly received half a million dollars for his role.
Later in 2007, Seth and his childhood buddy, Evan Goldberg established themselves as comedy writers. The duo turned the day to day experiences they penned as teens into a movie titled Superbad, produced by none else but Judd Apatow. The movie was critically praised for its writing which was described as original and was a huge commercial success, raking in $169 million against a $20 million budget.
Seth’s Career Earnings And Net Worth
Rogen continued his success streak as a writer and actor throughout the late 2000s. His successful writing and acting endeavors during the period include stoner action-comedy Pineapple Express (2008) which starred James Franco and grossed over $101 million against a $27 million budget. Seth also lent his voice to characters in animated films like Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who!, Kung Fu Panda (and its sequels), and Monsters vs Aliens (2009), all of which were massive box office hits.
The Hollywood star also served as the executive producer, writer, and lead actor in the 2011 action-adventure film The Green Hornet. The movie was able to earn $227.8 million from a budget of $120 million with Seth Rogen getting at least $6 million for his role. His other noteworthy movies include Neighbors (2014), which grossed over $270 million from $18 million budget.
Seth Rogen continues to collaborate with his writing buddy, Evan Goldberg, and mentor, Judd Apatow. His animated R-rated movie Sausage Party grossed $140.5 million against $19 million budget he was also one of the executive producers and writers of the AMC TV series Preacher, which ran for four seasons from August 4th, 2019 to September 29th, 2019. Thanks to his non-stop success, Seth made his debut on Forbes list of highest-paid actors in 2015 with $17 million earned, pretax. $6.5 million of that total came from the upfront pay he received for the controversial movie The Interview.
As a result of his tireless effort in the entertainment industry, Seth can boast of an estimated net worth of $55 million. However, while a large chunk of this figure came from his activities in the show business, a part of it also came from other business ventures he is involved in. One such venture is his cannabis company named Houseplant, which was launched in 2019. Announcing the launch of the company via Twitter, the comedian wrote:
After five years of hard work, I’m pleased to be launching my cannabis company, Houseplant. Thank you.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) March 27, 2019
Seth Rogen has always been a marijuana enthusiast, a self-proclaimed user, and a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). It, therefore, came as little or no surprise when he announced the launch of Houseplant with his longtime friend Evan Goldberg in partnership with Canopy Growth, a Canadian cannabis company, not long after Canada legalized cannabis in October 2018.
Seth’s company, which focuses on the sales of recreational marijuana products and education of users, began operations with the production of the cannabis strain they named Houseplant Sativa and later followed it up with two more strains called Houseplant Hybrid and Houseplant Indica. Each of the products measures 3.5 grams in each container and sold at $47.65 ($13.61/g each).
Is Seth Rogen Married And Does He Have Kids?
Just like his flourishing career, Seth Rogen is also enjoying a successful love life. He is married to the love of his life, Lauren Miller. Lauren is an actress and as well, a scriptwriter. They met and began dating in 2004 while working on Da Ali G Show together. They dated for six years before getting engaged on the 29th of September 2010. The Lauren-Seth marriage officially kicked-off on October 2, 2011, following a wedding ceremony that took place in Sonoma County, California.
They have no kids at the moment and the explanation for this, according to Seth, is that they enjoy their freedom very much. Seth said apart from being focused on their jobs, he and his wife are enjoying their ‘alone moments’ together without the distractions of raising kids. They are still together and so much in love with each other.