Native Texan James Roday learned to take chances early on, studying at the Experimental Theatre Wing at New York University, and co-founding the Red Dog Squadron theater company in Los Angeles. In addition to starring in numerous stage productions like Twelfth Night and A Respectable Wedding, Roday found a place on-screen, appearing in projects like 1999's Coming Soon and 2001's Thank Heaven. In 2003, Roday was cast alongside Alicia Silverstone in the comedy series Miss Match, which lasted for 13 episodes. TV would prove to be a good fit for the actor, and he'd soon follow up the role with an even bigger break, starring in the USA crime comedy series Psych starting in 2006. The show would prove to be a hit, and Roday would stick with the series over the coming years, even while appearing in other projects, like 2009's Gamer.