- Father is a computer-science professor at Boston University.
- Studied visual ethnography at University of Oxford, but dropped out before getting his degree.
- Won numerous "Best of Fest" awards at film festivals for his 2006 feature, The Hole Story, which he wrote and directed.
- Went to high school with independent filmmaker Andrew Bujalski and appeared in his 2009 film, Beeswax.
- Was cast in HBO's Girls after costarring in creator Lena Dunham's 2010 film, Tiny Furniture.
- Selected to represent The New Breed of Sexy in People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive 2012 issue.