- Worked for artist Ashley Bickerton in Indonesia as a teenager.
- Attended boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts.
- Landed his first movie role, The Forbidden Kingdom, while studying abroad in Shanghai.
- Is guitarist and vocalist of the rock group Moon.
- Nick McDonell — Brother
- Joanie McDonell — Mother
- Terry McDonell — Father
- New York University, New York, New York, United States (BA in Fine Arts)