Blake Alexander Jenner (born August 27, 1992) is an American actor
and singer. He is best known for winning the second season of the
Oxygen reality competition series
The Glee Project
The Glee Project and his portrayal
Ryder Lynn on the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee. In 2016, he
had the lead role in the comedy film Everybody Wants Some!! and
appeared in the coming-of-age film The Edge of Seventeen.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
5 Awards and nominations
8 External links
Jenner was born and raised in Miami, Florida. His mother is
Cuban. He grew up interested in music and film and began playing
drums at age nine. He attended Felix Varela High School, where he
joined the school's drama society Troupe 6162 and played varsity
football and wrestling. Stating that he was "in love with improv and
comedy" he began improvisation lessons and participated in stage
productions at the Roxy Performing Arts Center. In 2008, he became a
member of "Impromedy", a sketch comedy improv group based in Miami.
Eager to pursue a career in acting, Jenner left
Miami and moved to Los
Angeles after graduating high school a year early, with just
$2,500. While residing in California, he took on many jobs
including a waiter, clothing store associate, and parrot salesman
while auditioning for acting roles. He continually attended
improv classes at The Groundlings, and eventually did a guest show
with that company two years later.
By 2011, he was cast in the short films Wurlitzer and The Truth In
Being Right and the horror film Cousin Sarah. He also made a guest
appearance on ABC Family's sitcom Melissa & Joey as Miller
In 2012, he was selected through industry channels to audition as one
of 15 contestants on the second season of The
Glee Project, a
television reality show for which the prize was a guaranteed
seven-episode arc on the following season of Glee. He was one of three
finalists and ultimately won. After appearing as
Ryder Lynn on the
fourth season of Glee, he was later nominated and won the Teen Choice
Award for Choice TV Breakout Star. Jenner, along with co-stars
Jacob Artist, Becca Tobin, Alex Newell, and Melissa Benoist, was
promoted to series regular status for the fifth season.
In the summer of 2013, Jenner wrote the screenplay for Billy Boy. He
and Benoist went on
Kickstarter to ask fans to help fund the project's
production; as of December 11, 2013, the project has reached its
$100,000 goal. Jenner was subsequently cast in the horror film
Within. In late 2015, Jenner was cast in a recurring role as Adam
Foster on Supergirl, playing opposite his wife Melissa Benoist, who
stars as the series' title character. His first appearance aired on
January 25, 2016.
In 2016, Jenner starred as Jake Bradford in Richard Linklater's comedy
film Everybody Wants Some!!, which was released on March 30, and
played Hailee Steinfeld's character's brother in the coming-of-age
drama The Edge of Seventeen.
In April 2016, he was announced to have joined the cast of Shawn
Christensen's drama film The Vanishing of Sidney Hall.
Jenner married his former
Melissa Benoist in 2015. She
filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, in late December
2016; the divorce was finalized in December 2017.
Fresh 2 Death
Short film; also producer
The Truth In Being Right
Love at First Site
Everybody Wants Some!!
The Edge of Seventeen
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall
Also writer and producer
Fictional Chas Allen
Melissa & Joey
Episode: "A House Divided"
Season 2; 12 episodes
Episode: "Top 14 Compete"
Awards and nominations
Teen Choice Awards
Choice TV: Breakout Star
San Diego Film Festival
Glee: The Music Presents Glease
Glee: The Music, Season 4, Volume 1
Glee Sings the Beatles
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Blake Jenner on IMDb
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