Before he became an actor, Baldoni was an athletic kid who dreamed of being a pro athlete, but a hamstring injury derailed this dream. Baldoni segued into acting, quickly landing small-screen guest appearances (JAG
) and TV-movie roles (he portrayed a date rapist in 2005's Spring Break Shark Attack
). Later in 2005, he boosted his career by joining the cast of Everwood
as sexy med student Reid Bardem. Branching out to work behind the camera as well, this former DJ (he worked at a local Top 40 radio station while in high school) has reconnected with his musical roots by directing music videos, as well as directing the 2010 Web series The Walk to Fame
, which spotlighted music star Jason Derüo. Off screen, Baldoni leads a quiet life that includes adhering to the beliefs of the Bahá'i faith, and he has declared in interviews that he doesn't drink, take drugs or engage in premarital sex.Justin Baldoni Fast Facts:
- Was a DJ for a local Top 40 radio station in high school.
- Was on the soccer and track teams in high school, but his dreams of being a professional athlete got derailed because of a torn hamstring his senior year.
- Father is a film executive; mother is a feng-shui consultant.
- First acting job was on a Chinese soap opera (though he doesn't speak the language).
- Got his parents roles in the Hallmark Channel movie Wedding Daze. (They portrayed his character's parents.)
- Has directed music videos as well as the 2010 Web series The Walk to Fame, which spotlighted music artist Jason Derüo.
- Hobbies include mountain biking, running and working out at the gym.
- Justin Baldoni Relationships:
- Sam Baldoni - Father
- Sharon Baldoni - Mother
- Melissa Ordway - Significant Other
- Attended California State University, Long Beach, CA