- First appeared on stage at age 11 in a production of Oliver!
- Following high school, studied acting in Paris with legendary French director Ariane Mnouchkine at her Theatre du Soleil.
- Honed his craft in 2004 by appearing in various Shakespeare in the Park productions in New York City.
- Broadway debut was in the 2009 revival of Joe Turner's Come and Gone, which was famously attended by President Obama and the First Lady.
- Landed a lead role on the NBC sitcom Friends With Benefits in 2011.
- Cast as the White House press secretary on the 2013 NBC comedy 1600 Penn.
- 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
- 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- Natalie Holland — Sister
- Maketha Holland — Sister
- Mary Holland — Mother
- Donald Holland — Father
- Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States (BFA in Acting); New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (MFA in Acting, 2006)
- Birth Place: Bessemer, Alabama, United States
- Profession: Actor
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