Rupert Sanders Biography

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Birth Name: Rupert Sanders
Born: 03/16/1971
Birth Place: London, England, GB

Rupert Sanders was born on March 16, 1971 in Westminster, London, England. His mother, Thalia Sanders, ran a doll's house shop in Fulham, and his father, Michael Sanders, was a surgeon. Sanders, who had a degree in graphic design, launched his career directing television commercials for Nike, Adidas, Xbox, and Guinness, as well as a commercial for the video game "Halo 3: ODST" (2009), which won awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. With his commercials creating major buzz in his native England, he landed a meeting with American producer Joe Roth, who gave the first-time film director his biggest break yet by offering him the 2012 epic fantasy-adventure "Snow White and the Huntsman," based on the German tale by the Brothers Grimm. A modern and decidedly darker twist to the classic fairytale, "Snow White and the Huntsman" which ultimately starred Charlize Theron as the evil stepmother queen, Kristen Stewart as the princess who is unknowingly threatening her reign of terror, and Chris Hemsworth as the man whom the queen orders to kill Snow White. The movie also featured Sanders' wife, Liberty Ross, a British model who played Snow White's mother.

In spite of receiving mixed critical reviews, the film was a commercial success, reportedly taking in more than $380 million worldwide. A few months after its release, however, the film's popularity was quickly overshadowed by shocking news that Sanders had had an affair with his female lead, Stewart. At the time of the affair, Sanders, who was 41, was married to Ross, with whom he had two children. Stewart, who was then 22, was in a longtime relationship with British actor Robert Pattinson, her "Twilight" co-star in five blockbuster films. The scandal spread like wildfire the summer of 2012 after Us Weekly published incriminating photographs of Sanders and Stewart making out in various public places around Los Angeles. Reportedly taken on July 17, the photos showed Sanders and Stewart parking in a rundown area where they were seen "kissing like crazy," according to the paparazzi photographer via Us Weekly.

A day after the scandal broke, Sanders issued a public apology to his wife and two young children. In a statement to People magazine, the director said, "I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family. My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart." Stewart issued a similar public apology to Pattinson, calling her fling with Sanders a "momentary indiscretion." Sanders' wife, after being blindsided with the news, went on a Twitter rant before closing her account with a succinct, "Wow." While news of his illicit affair seemed to have faded months later, Sanders rekindled controversy once again after the September release of the DVD version of "Snow White and the Huntsman." In the director's commentary, Sanders reportedly gushed over Stewart's performance in the film, saying she was "amazing" and "flawless."

By Candy Cuenco