'Napoleon Dynamite' star Jon Heder reveals his iconic dance scene was almost set to a Michael Jackson song and other behind-the-scenes secrets (2022)

'Napoleon Dynamite' star Jon Heder reveals his iconic dance scene was almost set to a Michael Jackson song and other behind-the-scenes secrets (1)

With a shoestring budget, offbeat characters, and a largely-unknown cast, indie comedy "Napoleon Dynamite" is one of Hollywood's most surprising success stories.

"Napoleon Dynamite" was first released in 2004 after premiering to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It was also a major hit when it received a wider release from Fox Searchlight Pictures. "Vote for Pedro" shirts soon became ubiquitous, as did references to "ligers" - a half-tiger, half-lion hybrid drawn by Napoleon.

Jared Hess and his wife, Jerusha, wrote a film about a high school loner Napoleon (Jon Heder) and his eccentric circle of friends and family.

Set in Preston, Idaho, where Hess himself spent much of his adolescence, the film perfectly captures the backwards charm of a small rural town, where Cyndi Lauper and Moon Boots reign supreme even in the year 2004, and after-school chores include feeding pet llamas.

One of the film's most iconic moments occurs near the end, when Napoleon performs a stunningly skillful dance (to funk band Jamiroquai's "Canned Heat") in front of his peers in order to help his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) become class president.

Napoleon's moves became the stuff of legend after the movie turned into a blockbuster. But Heder told Insider he just kind of "winged it" when it came to filming the scene since there was no choreographer working on the movie.

For the film's 17th anniversary, Insider spoke to Heder, Hess, who also directed the film, and Ramirez about how Napoleon's now legendary solo dance scene came to be - and why the film's quiet charm endures years after its release.

'Napoleon Dynamite' star Jon Heder reveals his iconic dance scene was almost set to a Michael Jackson song and other behind-the-scenes secrets (2)

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The director first learned of Heder's dance skills while they were both students at Brigham Young University

The way Heder explained it, he and his twin brother, Dan, were always "obsessed" with the 70s and "loved the 70s all through high school."

But when the brothers arrived at Provo, Utah's BYU in the late 90s, their obsession reached new heights. Inspired by disco music and the 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever," they began dancing together on nights out. When the twins' lives started "forking," or growing apart, the actor continued to dance on his own, mostly at the bidding of his friends.

"I was obsessed with Jamiroquai. I just loved them. When their newest album came out that was the album I was dancing to everywhere," Heder said of the British funk band's 2001 project, "A Funk Odyssey."

It didn't take long before Heder's dance moves caught the attention of Hess, who was also enrolled at BYU at the time. The two soon collaborated on a short film, "Peluca," which followed a quirky high schooler named Seth (Heder), whom Hess described to Insider as "kind of the same character" as Napoleon.

While shooting "Peluca" in Idaho, the crew had extra film left so Hess decided to film Heder grooving in character, inspired by the actor's now infamous dancing.

director Jared Hess

"I was like, 'Jon, while you're still dressed up in the moon boots and everything, let's go shoot this shot,'" Hess recalled to Insider. "'At the end of this empty dirt road, I'll just turn on the radio, and whatever's playing, just dance to the music.'"

Hess ended up filming Heder dancing for "a minute and a half" to a Jamiroquai song that just so happened to be playing on the radio.

"The dynamic of seeing this guy that looked like [Heder], being able to throw down some pretty impressive moves, is so strange and entertaining and funny all at the same time," the director said. "It was just kind of this incredible epiphany that occurred."

Ultimately, that dance scene didn't end up making it into "Peluca." But Hess and his wife were inspired to include a similar sequence in the feature they were writing - called "Napoleon Dynamite."

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Heder recalled Hess telling him at the time, "'Yeah, it's going to be the climax for the film; you dancing.'"

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Heder got the 'Napoleon Dynamite' dance scene done in three takes

In the film, Napoleon's impassioned dance to Jamiroquai (during an assembly in front of the whole school) comes as a last-ditch effort to secure votes for Pedro, his new friend who desperately wants to be class president. But the dance also impresses Napoleon's friend and maybe-crush Deb (Tina Majorino), and forces his high school classmates to think of him in a new light.

Hess and Heder told Insider that they took a more unorthodox approach to filming the now-iconic scene. Running low on funds and unsure what song Napoleon would actually be dancing to, the cast and crew were forced to get creative.

"We had one roll of film left and basically had just three takes to get the entire dance sequence filmed," Hess said. "I remember after each take I was like, 'Oh, man.' I didn't think that we had it. I was really worried."

"And so I just kind of had to live with it and cross my fingers," he added.

Although the film didn't have a choreographer to help Heder with his dance moves, the actor knew that he wanted to make Napoleon's dance markedly different from the character's normal physicality.

"Like, Napoleon barely moves. He doesn't express a lot, he doesn't get that animated," Heder recalled. "We knew the vibe of the whole movie and the purpose of this dancing would be so different than the way Napoleon usually moves."

He also had some pretty straightforward direction from Hess: "Dude, you just do your thing."

"That was his direction. He just put it in my hands," Heder said. "Then I realized, you know what, I'll just do what I normally do. I'll just do my best to make it as funky as I can and as good as I can."

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Hess also told Insider that some skillful editing was involved to make Heder's dance even more memorable, combining the best shots from multiple takes for the final version.

"When we got into the cutting room, when we were editing the film, it was like, 'Oh, wow. Yeah, we've definitely got it,'" the director recalled. "We ended up kind of Frankensteining together different dance moves from all three takes that we did and [put] them together as one."

"It worked because it wasn't a professionally choreographed sequence," Heder added. "It had a little of that 'just making it up as I go' vibe."

Adding to the pressure was the fact that Heder had to dance to multiple songs with similar tempos, in the event that their licensing request for Jamiroquai's "Canned Heat," the second single from the band's fourth album, "Synkronized," was denied.

"One take was to 'Canned Heat.' Another take was to 'Little L,' which is another Jamiroquai track from their album 'Funk Odyssey,'" Heder detailed. "And then we danced to a Michael Jackson song from 'Off the Wall.'"

Both creatives agree that the scene wouldn't have been quite the same if they hadn't secured the rights to "Canned Heat," but that ultimately, the success of the scene came down to the hilarious visual of Heder's character dancing his heart out.

"At the end of the day, you still would have had a nerd performing some ridiculous dance moves in front of a high school," Hess said.

And Napoleon's audience? Those were real high school students from Preston, Idaho, who worked for free, according to the director.

"We didn't have any money we could offer them," Hess recalled of casting the students. "It was just like, 'Hey, wanna come be in a movie and get a free bottle of Gatorade' or whatever we had out of the cooler. But we offered everybody a credit in the film. So it's a pretty long credit sequence at the end."

The extras didn't even get to see Heder's dance, nor did any of the other cast members.

"We actually shot all of their reaction stuff, weirdly enough, without Jon dancing. Cause they didn't want Jon to overdo it," Hess explained. "Jon was literally just performing for the crew. He wasn't even performing for an actual audience of extras, which is kind of weird. He was boogieing down for just a bunch of film school friends."

The result was one of the most memorable movie climaxes in recent years: a quietly joyous, slow-building celebration of dance and movement, performed by one of film's most unassuming protagonists.

"We had no idea how it was gonna turn out until we went to the Sundance Film Festival and we saw the whole thing," Ramirez, who played Pedro, recalled. "It was just perfect - from the crowd's reaction to Heder's dancing."

'Napoleon Dynamite' star Jon Heder reveals his iconic dance scene was almost set to a Michael Jackson song and other behind-the-scenes secrets (4)

In the years since its release, Heder's dance has become an instantly recognizable part of the film

Nothing has been quite able to match the barely-contained exuberance and self-effacing coolness of Napoleon's dance since, and the scene has become as much of a calling card for the movie as a "Vote for Pedro" shirt.

"As a character, it definitely won Napoleon some long overdue respect," Hess said of the dance. "It's like, here's a guy that's just flying under the radar in life and is underestimated by everyone. Suddenly he has a showcase for this weird secret talent, but he's using it to help his best friend. "

Ramirez agreed.

"This is what a friend would do for his friend, and that Napoleon put himself on the line like that, that's so wonderful to see," he told Insider. "It's like, wow, that's what friends are for."

But if you're expecting Heder to ever bust a groove like that again, don't wait on it.

"It was all freestyle. I didn't memorize it. I mean, look, I've seen it many times, so there's certainly moves I could do, but I don't remember the order," he said.

"I always tell people: Really the Napoleon dance is just dancing from your heart," Heder added. "It's just like, feeling it and just letting it go. Because what it was. That's just all I did for it, was just feeling the groove."

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FAQs

What is the Napoleon Dynamite dance scene? ›

One of the film's most iconic moments occurs near the end, when Napoleon performs a stunningly skillful dance (to funk band Jamiroquai's "Canned Heat") in front of his peers in order to help his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) become class president.

Did Jon Heder make up the dance in Napoleon Dynamite? ›

For Napoleon's dance routine, director Jared Hess had Jon Heder improvise and dance to three different songs. Hess then took the "best" moves from each song and put them in one routine, using one song.

Was the Napoleon Dynamite dance scene improvised? ›

Napoleon's dancing was completely improvised by Jon Heder. He danced along to three different songs, resulting in 10 minutes of footage, and the filmmakers cut it down to the funniest dance moves. This was the last scene to be shot and the producers were running low on film.

Was the Napoleon Dynamite dance scene choreographed? ›

There is no “the dance.” It wasn't some planned, choreographed thing where I memorized move for move. That was just dancing for me. So if I did the Napoleon Dynamite dance, I would just freestyle.

What is the Napoleon Dynamite dance called? ›

The song Napoleon Dynamite dances to at the end of the film—"Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai—came out in 1999.

How was Napoleon Dynamite filmed? ›

The movie Napoleon Dynamite, released in 2004 and directed by Jared Hess, was shot on Panavision Cameras with Munn Powell as cinematographer and editing was done on the Final Cut Pro Editing System by Jeremy Coon.

How was Napoleon Dynamite popular? ›

It's true: "Napoleon Dynamite" was important for a certain generation because of the way its forever quotable dialogue acted as a unifying force for whatever elementary, middle or high school they might have been trudging through back in 2004.

Who is the girl on the bike at the end of Napoleon Dynamite? ›

Yuka Ruell: Girl on Bike.

How much did Jon Heder make after Napoleon Dynamite? ›

Jon Heder famously was only paid $1,000 for his work in "Napoleon Dynamite." That looked like quite a bargain after the movie went on to earn $44.5 million at the box office.

Did John Heder improvise the dance? ›

For Napoleon's dance routine, director Jared Hess had Jon Heder improvise and dance to three different songs. Hess then took the "best" moves from each song and put them in one routine, using one song. The film was shot in 22 days.

Why was Napoleon Dynamite so successful? ›

One of the reasons why Napoleon Dynamite works is because of its tone. Hess and his actors underplay everything. Similarities to the work of Wes Anderson may be coincidental, but they are present. In many ways, the comedy is funny because the actors aren't playing the material for laughs.

Is Napoleon Dynamite autistic? ›

He demonstrates several symptoms of Asperger's disorder, yet he also challenges the notion that children and adolescents with Asperger's spectrum disorders will not be accepted or understood.

What song plays in Napoleon Dynamite at the school dance? ›

The song is “Canned Heat” by the British band, Jamiroquai.

Is Jon Heder a twin? ›

Heder was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of Helen (née Brammer) and physician James Heder. He has an identical twin brother, Dan; an older sister, Rachel; an older brother, Doug; and two younger brothers, Adam and Matt.

Who played Lafonda in Napoleon Dynamite? ›

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) - Shondrella Avery as Lafawnduh - IMDb.

Who is Jon Heder wife? ›

What is the message of Napoleon Dynamite? ›

He can do whatever he wants. And, while we certainly hope to do better, perhaps there is some charm in life on the edges. "This is bad," the film seems to say, "but we could do worse." And that is perhaps the fundamental purpose of the movie: a good life can be found anywhere.

Where is Napoleon buried? ›

In 1840, Napoleon had been buried on Saint Helena Island since 1821, and King Louis-Philippe decided to have his remains transferred to Les Invalides in Paris. In order to fit the imperial tomb inside the Dome, the architect Visconti carried out major excavation work.

Is Napoleon Dynamite on Disney plus? ›

Watch Napoleon Dynamite | Full episodes | Disney+ Based on the hit film, the animated series follows the continuing adventures of America's most awesome awkward teenager and his quirky family and friends as they struggle to navigate small-town life in rural Idaho.

Is Napoleon Dynamite funny? ›

Parents need to know that Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky 2004 indie coming-of-age comedy. While it ultimately celebrates nerds and misfits, some may feel it fuels mockery and ridicule; others will simply find it funny.

Is Jon Heder still acting? ›

Jon did go on to star alongside Will Ferrell in Blades of Glory and there was even a short-lived animated series adaptation of Napoleon Dynamite. But after that, much of Jon's work seems to be based in voice acting and in taking on more independent roles.

Why is Napoleon Dynamite the best movie? ›

Ten very good reasons why Napoleon Dynamite is perfect
  1. The title sequence. ...
  2. The cinematography. ...
  3. The soundtrack. ...
  4. The script. ...
  5. Jon Heder has never been as good. ...
  6. The actors, costume designers and make-up artists do, like, well good acting, costume designing and make-upping. ...
  7. The dance. ...
  8. The final scene.
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Is Tina the llama still alive? ›

Llama drama

Rumors about the fate of Tina the llama, the Dynamite family pet who refuses to eat her dinner, have even Preston's residents divided. Gregerson at The Preston Citizen said she heard the llama had died, but Petterborg said Tina is still alive.

Will there be a Napoleon Dynamite 2? ›

Napoleon Dynamite unexpectedly took the world by storm in 2004. The quirky, nerdy comedy about rural outlier teens was hilarious, sincere, and had tons of authentic charm. But despite its enormous popularity and cult classic status, Napoleon Dynamite 2 still hasn't materialized.

Who will see Uncle Rico at the end of Napoleon Dynamite? ›

1 Answer. Show activity on this post. The girl on the bike is Tammy, his ex-girlfriend.

How Much Does Jon Heder make? ›

Jon Heder is an actor and filmmaker who played the main character in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. How did he accumulate such a significant net worth? A big part of it was through his acting career, but Jon also has other sources of income.

How old is Jonathan Heder? ›

How much is Adam Sandler worth? ›

Sandler had an estimated net worth of $420 million in 2021, and signed a further three-movie deal with Netflix worth over $350 million.

Did Kip have braces? ›

Kip's braces: Aaron Ruell, who played Napoleon's nerdy older brother Kip, actually had to wear real braces for the 22 day shoot. “I just assumed that we'd be able to Hollywood it up and there would be some temporary things I'd put in while we were shooting and I'd just kind of take them out,” Ruell said.

What is Uncle Rico's last name? ›

Film
YearTitleRole
2003The RundownHarvey
2004Napoleon DynamiteUncle Rico
2005Confessions of an Action StarDonald Buckheim
WaterborneRitter
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What's the difference between autism and Asperger? ›

Characteristics. What distinguishes Asperger's Disorder from classic autism are its less severe symptoms and the absence of language delays. Children with Asperger's Disorder may be only mildly affected, and they frequently have good language and cognitive skills.

Why does Pedro shave his head? ›

Pedro seems to enjoy American food as he started by eating a corn dog. He somehow gets hot but he tries to drink water and take a bath but he realizes that it's his hair that made him so hot, so he shaves it all off and then puts on a hoodie and then tightens it because he doesn't want anyone to see it.

Is Amelie autistic? ›

Though it's never a stated fact in the film, the character of Amelie Poulain in the film “Amelie” displays a number of tendencies that one with Asperger's would display, and the character is proudly claimed by the Aspie community as one of their own.

What song is played at prom in Napoleon Dynamite? ›

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The song also makes an appearance during the prom scene in the cult film Napoleon Dynamite.

What kind of music is in Napoleon Dynamite? ›

Napoleon Dynamite: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Napoleon Dynamite
ReleasedOctober 5, 2004
GenreRock, new wave, disco, alternative rock
LabelLakeshore Records
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Is Jon Heder married? ›

Who plays Clyde Mcgregor Heartland Season 14? ›

Lochlyn Munro

Who plays Clyde on Heartland? ›

Jonathan Keltz
BornJonathan Lippert Keltz January 17, 1988 New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Laysla De Oliveira (engaged)

What does Pedro say during his speech in Napoleon Dynamite? ›

Pedro. [His class president campaign speech] I don't have much to say, but I think it would be good to have some Holy Santos brought to the high school, to guard the hallway and to bring us good luck. El Santo Niño de Atocha is a good one.

Is Jon Heder a twin? ›

Heder was born in Fort Collins, Colorado, the son of Helen (née Brammer) and physician James Heder. He has an identical twin brother, Dan; an older sister, Rachel; an older brother, Doug; and two younger brothers, Adam and Matt.

Where did vote for Pedro come from? ›

No street, no mall, no Red Robin waiting area was safe from a Vote for Pedro t-shirt, popularized by the quirky indie comedy Napoleon Dynamite and its story of two weirdo teens and a race to become student-body president at a high-school in rural Idaho.

How much did Jon Heder make from Napoleon Dynamite? ›

Napoleon Dynamite Salary

Jon Heder famously was only paid $1,000 for his work in "Napoleon Dynamite." That looked like quite a bargain after the movie went on to earn $44.5 million at the box office.

How would you describe Napoleon Dynamite? ›

eccentric, awkward, and hotheaded. Napoleon lives his life with his head in the clouds, indulging in fantasies that most people can't even begin to understand. He doesn't have any clue how to interact with other people, and often defaults to telling unbelievable stories to make himself look cool.

Is Napoleon Dynamite autistic? ›

He demonstrates several symptoms of Asperger's disorder, yet he also challenges the notion that children and adolescents with Asperger's spectrum disorders will not be accepted or understood.

Can I borrow your Chapstick Napoleon Dynamite? ›

Can you bring me my chapstick? Kip: No, Napoleon. Napoleon Dynamite: But my lips hurt real bad! Kip: Just borrow some from the school nurse.

Who is Jon Heder wife? ›

Is Jon Heder married? ›

Who plays Clyde Mcgregor Heartland Season 14? ›

Lochlyn Munro

Does Pedro win class president? ›

The dance number gives Napoleon and Pedro a standing ovation, and Pedro wins the class presidency. He celebrates by having a party with his family.

What does Pedro mean? ›

Meaning:rock. A classic Latino name derived from Peter, which means “stone” or “rock,” Pedro is all about strength, tradition and loyalty. He was a major figure in the Bible.

Is Jon Heder still acting? ›

Jon did go on to star alongside Will Ferrell in Blades of Glory and there was even a short-lived animated series adaptation of Napoleon Dynamite. But after that, much of Jon's work seems to be based in voice acting and in taking on more independent roles.

Why was Napoleon Dynamite so successful? ›

One of the reasons why Napoleon Dynamite works is because of its tone. Hess and his actors underplay everything. Similarities to the work of Wes Anderson may be coincidental, but they are present. In many ways, the comedy is funny because the actors aren't playing the material for laughs.

How Much Does Jon Heder make? ›

Jon Heder is an actor and filmmaker who played the main character in the 2004 film Napoleon Dynamite. How did he accumulate such a significant net worth? A big part of it was through his acting career, but Jon also has other sources of income.

Jared Hess and his wife, Jerusha, wrote a film about a high school loner Napoleon (Jon Heder) and his eccentric circle of friends and family.. For the film's 17th anniversary, Insider spoke to Heder, Hess, who also directed the film, and Ramirez about how Napoleon's now legendary solo dance scene came to be — and why the film's quiet charm endures years after its release.. Jon Heder during his solo dance scene in "Napoleon Dynamite.". Fox Searchlight; CBS via Getty Images The way Heder explained it, he and his twin brother, Dan, were always "obsessed" with the 70s and "loved the 70s all through high school.". While shooting "Peluca" in Idaho, the crew had extra film left so Hess decided to film Heder grooving in character, inspired by the actor's now infamous dancing.. Ultimately, that dance scene didn't end up making it into "Peluca.". Although the film didn't have a choreographer to help Heder with his dance moves, the actor knew that he wanted to make Napoleon's dance markedly different from the character's normal physicality.. Jon Heder Hess also told Insider that some skillful editing was involved to make Heder's dance even more memorable, combining the best shots from multiple takes for the final version.. "We ended up kind of Frankensteining together different dance moves from all three takes that we did and [put] them together as one.". "We actually shot all of their reaction stuff, weirdly enough, without Jon dancing.. "We had no idea how it was gonna turn out until we went to the Sundance Film Festival and we saw the whole thing," Ramirez, who played Pedro, recalled.

And then, of course, there's Napoleon's unforgettable dance routine to Jamiroquai's “Canned Heat” that occurs at the end of the film.. The now-iconic dance number, in which Napoleon moves alone on stage in an, um, surprising routine, is one of the many parts of the movie that's cemented Napoleon Dynamite ’s place in pop culture for generations to come.. So to commemorate the film's anniversary, Bustle spoke to the cast and crew involved in the ridiculously memorable scene — Heder, co-star Tina Marjorino (“Deb”), and husband-wife duo Jared (writer and director) and Jerusha Hess (writer and costume designer) — to discuss the climactic (and completely freestyled) finale of the film.. Napoleon Dynamite was based on a 2002 short titled Peluca , written and directed by Jared Hess for a college assignment and starring Heder as the main character, Seth.. Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”): [Jared and Jerusha] knew I liked to dance.. Jared had put me in a short film that we did a few years earlier, and it didn’t really make sense to put [dancing] in the short.. This is how we have to end our feature film — with Napoleon dancing like this in front of an audience.". Equipped with the knowledge of Heder’s love for dancing, Hess instructed the actor to do a complete freestyle for the movie's climactic dance scene in the high school auditorium.. Heder: It’s still, to this day, sort of how I dance... when I run into fans, they’re like, "Do the dance!. Heder: One of the hardest parts of the dance was trying to stay in character, and doing the scene and trying to keep the Napoleon face [to make] sure that was consistent with the character, [and] making sure he wasn’t gonna break out into this super expressive face.. In the movie, the dance scene ends with unexpected, rapturous applause from Napoleon's classmates in the audience — a game-changing reception for the underdog.. Jared Hess: We tease [Napoleon's abilities] a little bit in the film when he gets the D-Quan's Dance Grooves video.. Our hope was that people who normally wouldn't get to know someone like Napoleon realize after the film that a guy like Napoleon is amazing.

"There's this moment when people start to say, 'Oh, I remember watching you as a kid!'. Heder remembers that kind of thing with "The Goonies" and "Back to the Future," but he doesn't understand what it might be like to experience it through "Napoleon Dynamite.". The other thing that Heder thinks makes "Napoleon Dynamite" so relatable is its timelessness.. "It doesn't feel like, 'Oh, this is such a 2000s movie' or 'Oh, this is such a '90s movie,'" he said.. Maybe the only real thing that seems dated is the talent show dance, but that wasn't inspired by any specific decade, so much as Heder's own free-style.. "A scene would end and after we shot it, we would quote it," Heder said.. Like, I made a movie and people saw it."

Heder is a family man, a committed Scoutmaster, and yes, still very much an actor.. While Heder is most famous for a live-action role — and the incomparable physicality of his vacant-eyed, dance-move-busting, perfectly awkward performance — he's spent the years since exploring the many possibilities of acting in animation.. While this does include playing the title role in the short-lived Napoleon Dynamite animated series, he's gone far beyond that at this point, into the realms of children's programming, video games, and a feature films.. Heder has appeared on all manner of bizarre web productions, side projects, and short films, lending his signature strangeness to star-studded and largely unknown ensembles alike.. Heder married fellow Brigham Young University alum Kirsten Heder (nee Bales) in 2002, and they have four children together that they are currently in the thick of raising in their California home.. Heder's Instagram is a smorgasbord of fatherly joy: making a mask to complete his son's Avatar: The Last Airbender Halloween costume, taking his kids to a Heifer International fundraising event to pet some particularly strange looking llamas, and exploring the national parks on foot.. Though he has worked steadily for years now and shows no signs of stopping, it is clear that Heder's home life is very much the sun around which he orbits, and his family is always his first priority.. To become an Eagle Scout, the young man in question must spend years earning the proper number of merit badges, devote himself to service and leadership, and design and complete an Eagle Scout Service Project.. Though his career has extended far beyond Vote for Pedro t-shirts and jokes about "skills," Heder isn't averse to revisiting his signature performance.. "Parents are introducing it to their kids, friends are introducing it to their younger friends, 14 years since it came out," Heder said.. A quick look through Heder's various social media accounts reveals a man who isn't just into a Star Wars movie now and then, but someone devoted to genre fiction, and video games in particular.. Beyond Heder's role in one of the biggest sleeper hits of the 21st century so far; beyond his involvement in scouting, video games, and podcasts; beyond, indeed, his passion for the performing arts is his foundation in the Mormon church.. Heder's entire life has been shaped by his faith, from his time at Brigham Young University to his choosiness when it comes to what projects he's part of.

If the Richter scale measures the energy released by an earthquake, Natasha Bedingfield must have a similar sense for pop songs.. This feeling of, 'This stuff is good.. You can't help but move.". The next day, Bedingfield had a session with producer Wayne Rodrigues and songwriter Danielle Brisebois, whom she'd never met.. They got to work on a few different songs, but none quite met their expectations.. Then, Brisebois heard Bedingfield say the word "unwritten" and something clicked into place.. Despite the song's title and central metaphor, its most memorable moment hinges on a different metaphor entirely: "Feel the rain on your skin / No one else can feel it for you.". It started raining one day when we were in England, and she was like, 'Kids, quickly put on your swimsuits and we're going to dance in the rain,'" Bedingfield explained.. "One of the most intriguing things about songwriting is that you can make something that's very personal, and then the song takes on a life of its own," she said.

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