Fast Facts

  • 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, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Natalie Holland — Sister
  • Mary Holland — Mother
  • Maketha Holland — Sister
  • Donald Holland — Father


  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (BFA in Acting); New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY (MFA in Acting, 2006)


  • Birth Place: Bessemer, AL
  • Birthday: December 28, 2016, Capricorn
  • Profession: Actor