Who is Kodi Smit-McPhee?
Kodi Smit-McPhee was born in Adelaide, South Australia, on 13 June 1996 – his zodiac sign is Gemini, and he holds Australian nationality. He’s an actor with close to 40 credits to his name, probably still known best for his portrayal of the lead character Owen, in the critically acclaimed 2010 fantasy horror movie “Let Me In”. It was written and directed by Matt Reeves, also starred Chloe Grace Moretz and Richard Jenkins, and follows a bullied boy who has befriended a female vampire; the movie won 14 of the 42 awards for which it was nominated.
Early life and education
Kodi was raised in Adelaide alongside his older sister Sianoa Smit-McPhee, by their father Andy McPhee and mother Sonja Smit; nothing is known about Kodi’s parents, as he respects their privacy.
His sister Sianoa is today a famous actress and musician, who’s perhaps still known best for her portrayal of the lead character Darby Drecker, in the HBO comedy series “Hung”, which aired from 2009 to 2011.
Kodi became interested in acting at a very early age, mostly because he watched TV with his family nearly every night. He soon started appearing in school plays, and was 10 years old when he launched his acting career with his portrayal of Teddy in the drama “Stranded”. It was directed by Stuart McDonald, starred Emma Lung and Emily Browning, and follows the 17 years old Claudia who’s trying to cope with her mother’s death. Also in 2006, Kodi appeared in the science fiction horror movie “Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America”, the fantasy horror mini-series “Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King”, and the short drama movie “End of Town”.
He continued acting throughout his entire education. Kodi studied at a local high school, then upon matriculating in 2014 didn’t enroll at college, but remained focused on his acting career.
Roles in TV series
In 2006, Kodi was cast to play Young Jake in the drama mini-series “Monarch Cove”, which starred Virginia Williams, Kieren Hutchinson and Samantha Shelton, and follows Bianca Foster who was wrongfully accused and sent to jail for her father’s murder, while she’s now out after having served six years.
As Kodi has mostly been focused on appearing in movies, his following TV series role was in 2015, when he portrayed the lead character Thomas ‘Tolly’ Johnson, in the war mini-series “Gallipoli”; it also starred Harry Greenwood and Sam Parsonson, and follows four boys who have joined the Australian military, and have been sent to Gallipoli. The mini-series won one of the two awards for which it was nominated.
Most recently, in 2020, Kodi starred as Chris Keller, in the popular crime drama “Interrogation”, created by John Mankiewicz and Anders Weidemann, and which also starred Kyle Gallner and Peter Sarsgaard. It follows several detectives who are interrogating people who were perhaps involved in a murder which took place several decades earlier.
Roles in movies
Kodi appeared in three movies in 2007: the biographical drama “The King”, another biographical drama “Romulus, My Father” which won 10 of the 33 awards for which it was nominated, and the short action adventure “Tinytown”.
He gained recognition in 2009, when he played one of the main characters, The Boy, in the hit drama “The Road”, directed by John Hillcoat, and which also starred Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. Based on the book by Cormac McCarthy and set in a post-apocalyptic world, the movie follows a father who’s taking his son to the sea; it won five of the 39 awards for which it was nominated.
A couple of Kodi’s following roles were in the critically acclaimed 2010 fantasy horror “Let Me In”, the 2012 drama “Dead Europe” and the animated adventure comedy “ParaNorman” (lead voice role) also in 2012.
In 2014, Kodi was cast to play Alexander in the action adventure drama “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, directed by Matt Reeves, and which starred Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Andy Serkis. It follows a group of humans who are threatening to eradicate the nation of evolved apes ruled by Caesar; the movie won 17 of the 66 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination.
Kodi could then have been seen appearing in several award-winning movies, such as the 2016 action adventure science fiction “X-Men: Apocalypse”, the 2018 action adventure comedy “Deadpool 2” and the 2018 action adventure drama “Alpha”; he also appeared in the 2019 action adventure science fiction “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”.
Three of his most recent movie roles have been in the 2019 biographical comedy drama “Dolemite Is My Name”, the 2020 science fiction “2067”, and the 2021 romantic western drama “The Power of the Dog”.
Kodi received special thanks for the 2018 episode “Apocalypse” of the short mini-series “X-Men Mondays”.
He has been featured in various documentaries, including the 2011 TV special “16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards”, the 2015 short video “On the Strange Land: Making Slow West’” and the 2018 short video “Alpha: A Hero’s Journey”.
Awards and nominations
Kodi has won five of the 29 awards for which he has been nominated. He won his first award in 2007, an Australian Film Institute Young Actor’s Award, and the following year saw Kodi win a Film Critics Circle of Australia Special Achievement Award, both for his performance in “Romulus, My Father”.
In 2010, he won a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Male, for “Let Me In”, and in 2018, Kodi won The Bam Award for Best Actor, for “Alpha”. Most recently, in 2021 he won a Savannah Film Festival Discovery Award.
Some of his other nominations include three Young Artist Awards, two Fangoria Chainsaw Awards and two Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
Is he gay?
Kodi’s highly secretive when it comes to his love life, which is why some of his fans believe that he’s gay, however, it’s still widely known that the popular actor has been in a relationship with a girl for more than eight years now. He revealed in October 2013 that he was in a relationship with Rebecca Phillipou, a non-celebrity Australian girl who can be seen featured in many of his Instagram pictures; Rebecca prefers to keep the details of her private life to herself, but is still active on Instagram, and is today followed by nearly 10,000 people.
According to some of Rebecca’s pictures, she’s a fitness freak and has multiple training sessions at the gym each week, while she also seems to be a dog-lover, and a fan of video games.
The two could have also been seen attending together the premiere of the movie “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” back on 4 June 2019.
Kodi hasn’t spoken of any other girls whom he has perhaps been with, and as of November 2021, Kodi’s in a relationship with Rebecca Phillipou, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Kodi’s quite active on Instagram, and seems to be enjoying the attention which he’s receiving from his more than 50,000 followers. He has uploaded over 200 pictures onto the network, some of which feature him spending time with his girlfriend.
He likes to travel, and has been to various Australian cities, several US states and a couple of European countries, mostly to shoot for his movies and TV series; Kodi’s dream travel destination is Venice in Italy.
He’s interested in music, and plays the guitar; Kodi’s favorite performers are Kanye West and Eminem.
He’s a fashionista, as he’s trying to keep up with all of the latest fashion trends; Kodi goes shopping for clothes at least once a week, which certainly makes him a shopaholic.
He likes to watch movies late at night, and his favorite actor and actress are Will Smith and Kate Winslet, while a couple of his favorite films are “I Am Legend”, “I, Robot” and “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.
Age, height and net worth
Kodi’s age is 25. He has short brown hair and green eyes, his height is 6ft (1.85m) and he weighs around 175lbs (80kgs).
As of November 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.