- Worked for his family's gravestone business as a teenager.
- Wrestled and played football in high school.
- Moved to New York three days after graduating from high school to pursue an acting career.
- Big break came in 2005, when he won the part of Casey Hughes on long-running soap As the World Turns.
- Made his big-screen debut in the 2008 indie comedy Assassination of a High School President.
- Landed his first prime-time series-regular role when he was cast as Matt Donovan on the CW's the Vampire Diaries.