The Canadian shot to fame as a teenager after landing the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and returning for the follow-up Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

However, after racking up a number of other film credits, in projects such as Jumper and Factory Girl, Hayden scaled back his career and devoted himself to working on a farm he bought in his native Canada.

He has since become a first-time father, welcoming a daughter with his partner Rachel Bilson last year (14), and Hayden is now making a return to the movie industry in roles such as 90 Minutes in Heaven, which was released in September (15).

The actor insists he is ready to finally embrace fame as he feels he failed to earn the stardom which came off the back of Star Wars.

"I guess I felt like I had this great thing in 'Star Wars' that provided all these opportunities and gave me a career, but it all kind of felt a little too handed to me," he tells the Los Angeles Times. "I didn't want to go through life feeling like I was just riding a wave...

"You can't take years off and not have it affect your career... But... in a weird, sort of destructive way, there was something appealing about that to me. There was something in the back of my head that was like, 'If this time away is gonna be damaging to my career, then so be it. If I can come back afterward and claw my way back in, then maybe I'll feel like I earned it.'"