What Has Adam Driver Been in Besides ‘Star Wars’?

You know him as the temperamental and angsty leader of the First Order. Adam Driver, also known as Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is much more than a lightsaber wielding villain. Here are just a few of Adam Driver’s recent projects, including his starring role in the Broadway play, Burn This.

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Adam Driver went to Julliard for acting

Prior to Julliard, Adam Driver briefly attended the University of Indianapolis before joining the United States Marines. According to CNBC, Adam Driver served for two-and-a-half years, until sustaining a montain-biking injury which prevented his deployment to Iraq. He then applied to drama school at Julliard and was accepted into the program.

From there, Adam Driver’s film and television career took off. He starred in Broadway plays and in 2011, landed a role in HBO’s television series Girls. He acted alongside Lena Dunham and Allison Williams.

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Adam Driver speaks during the SAG-AFTRA Foundation | John Lamparski/Getty Images

He was nominated for an Oscar for ‘BlacKkKlanman’

The actor keeps busy, acting in movies about poetry, NASCAR racing, and even racism in America. Adam Driver earned the title role in the 2016 film, Paterson and portrayed a veteran amputee, Clyde Logan, in the 2017 film, Logan Lucky.

In 2018, Adam Driver earned an Oscar nomination for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role,” for the Spike Lee film, BlacKkKlansman. Driver portrayed the Jewish cop, “Flip Zimmerman,” who aids in the investigation of the Ku Klux Klan. The film also won the 2019 Academy Award for “Best Writing Adapted Screenplay”

"Burn This" Opening Night
Keri Russell and Adam Driver during “Burn This” | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Adam Driver stars in Broadway’s ‘Burn This’

On April 16, 2019, the play entitled Burn This opened at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre. Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Keri Russell stars alongside Adam Driver in this dramatic, dark, and emotional production.

Initially, the Star Wars actor performed this play during his time at Julliard. Adam Driver acted in this production opposite his then-girlfriend, Joanne Tucker, as somewhat of a senior thesis. According to Vogue, this role was considered too advanced for a student to perform, but the drama director made an exception for Adam Driver.

“When you’re 23, you don’t know much about anything, really,” said the actor in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I look back and it’s embarrassing thinking about some of the things I remember doing in that play. It felt like kids in costumes. Now, you just have more experience. There’s something funny and sad about being the age of the character.”

Burn This closes on July 14, 2019.

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Adam Driver as Kylo Ren | Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

He has his own non-profit organization, ‘Arts in the Armed Forces’

Aside from acting on Broadway and acting in the newest Star Wars trilogy, Adam Driver does charity work with the organization he helped create — Arts in the Armed Forces.

This organization, according to their website, “brings high-quality arts programming to active-duty service members, veterans, military support staff, and their families around the world free of charge.”

Some productions include appearances by celebrities Raven Symone, Ben Stiller, and co-founders Joanne Tucker and Adam Driver.

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