- Began his career as a model after attending the 1997 International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) convention in New York, where he roomed with fellow Cedar Rapids native Ashton Kutcher.
- An agent saw him in ads and flew him out to Los Angeles to audition for the WB pilot Minor Threat.
- Big TV break came when he appeared in FOX's 24 for a six-episode arc in 2003.
- Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen handpicked him to play a love interest in their feature film New York Minute (2004).
- Is the front man for the band Life of Riley; the group released a CD of live performances in 2010.