Joseph Gordon-Levitt was born on February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. He grew up in the Jewish religion, and his parents were part of the founding members of the Progressive Jewish Alliance. His grandfather, Michael Gordon, was a Hollywood film director between the 1940s and 1970s, and was best known for the film, “Pillow Talk.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt had one older brother, who passed away in 2010.In his younger years, Joseph Gordon-Levitt worked with musical theater groups. He began acting at the age of four, so his career began early. His first major role was the Scarecrow in a production of “The Wizard of Oz,” which jumpstarted his career when an agent saw him perform. He performed in many TV commercials, including those for Cocoa Puffs, Pop-Tarts, and Kinney Shoes, all before the age of six.After the age of six, Joseph Gordon-Levitt began performing in made-for-television movies. He played in the “Dark Shadows” series, which was recently revived as a movie by Tim Burton. In 1994, he performed in the Disney film, “Angels in the Outfield.” In the 90s, Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared in a number of teen magazines as a heartthrob, which was something he wasn’t particularly fond of. Despite his distaste for celebrity, he continued to maintain a media presence. He performed in “3rd Rock from the Sun” while attending high school, and in 1999 he broke into major movies with his role in “10 Things I Hate About You.”Joseph Gordon-Levitt returned to acting in 2004 after taking a break while he went to college. He performed in “Mysterious Skin,” “Brick,” “Latter Days,” and more over the next three years. In recent years, he played in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009),” “Inception,” and “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012.In upcoming movies, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play the young version of Joe in “Looper” and Robert Todd Lincoln in “Lincoln.” He has directed a film called “Sparks” and another named “Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo.” He also was one of the producers who backed the Broadway show, “Slava’s Snowshow.”Joseph Gordon-Levitt keeps a low profile most of the time, remaining as private as possible. However, he did answer a few questions for a recent interview following the release of “The Dark Knight Rises.” He talked about the importance of being open and paying attention to others, since you never know what kind of relationship you’ll be able to develop together.Joseph Gordon-Levitt has also been friends with Zooey Deschanel for over 10 years, since the filming of “500 Days of Summer” in which they were costars. When discussing his childhood, he stated that he felt he was very lucky to have supportive parents who loved him. During his childhood, he also participated in sports, like gymnastics and baseball, took piano lessons, and started acting. None of those things were ever forced on him, which made his love of acting something he could develop and enjoy in his own time.He also spoke about how he managed to stay out of trouble, unlike many people in Hollywood, due to his love of acting. He doesn’t enjoy the fame as much as he enjoys acting in itself, and the process of making movies and television shows is his main goal. He also stated that he was able to avoid getting pigeonholed into television shows instead of movies by taking a break while he went to school. That way, when he returned to acting, he was able to choose the kind of work he wanted to participate in more freely.Joseph Gordon-Levitt has also indicated that he wants to participate in musicals in the future, such as a remake of the popular “Little Shop of Horrors.”To the people who have suggested he has a romantic relationship with Zooey Deschanel, he has made a point to state that they are just friends and have been for a long time. The relationship is comfortable in that way, and that is how he expects it to stay.Joseph Gordon-Levitt thinks that Hollywood is expanding in an exciting way. Unlike in the past, people can connect via the Internet, over the phone, and through other media outlets, making it much easier to be closer to those who aren’t necessarily linked into the Hollywood lifestyle. Because of this, he also enjoys working on shared art projects with fans and other artists and musicians online.