Fernandez at WonderCon, March 2013
|Born||Shiloh Thomas Fernandez
February 26, 1985
Ukiah, California, U.S.
Shiloh Thomas Fernandez (born February 26, 1985) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the television series Jericho and United States of Tara, and the films Deadgirl, Red Riding Hood, and the 2013 remake of Evil Dead, in the lead role.
Fernandez was born in Ukiah, California. His father is of half Portuguese and half Russian Jewish ancestry. He has a younger sister and a brother. His stepfather is a contractor. Before becoming an actor, Fernandez began working as a dishwasher, and an American Apparel catalog model hand-picked by the company's CEO, Dov Charney, for his then-fledgling company. Later arriving to Los Angeles, he asked Charney for a job and was hired as a stock boy; Fernandez has described working in the stock room as "awful" and the "worst job ever". His first acting gig was a commercial for First 5 California that was directed by Vadim Perelman.
2006–10: early work
After completing a short film, Fernandez made his debut television appearance in a 2006 episode of Cold Case, followed by minor roles in Drake & Josh and Lincoln Heights. His screen debut came two years later, in 2007, when he landed the role of Edgar in Interstate before returning to TV. He landed his first recurring role in Jericho as Sean Henthorn between 2006 and 2007. The series was cancelled after just one series before a campaign by fans saw it return for a second before being cancelled once again.
In 2008, Fernandez became one of the front-runners to play Edward Cullen after he auditioned for Catherine Hardwicke in her Venice Beach garage, during the casting of Twilight. Fernandez was allegedly Hardwicke's first choice, but it was up to Kristen Stewart who had the last say. Shiloh later recalled on his narrowly missed opportunity, "At the time, it was just another audition. I didn't realize I was missing out on stardom and giant paychecks. Now, looking back on it, I certainly wouldn't have been mentally stable enough to deal with all that. Lucky for me, not getting that part led to other work that was a much better fit for me." Fernandez, who had no formal training, admitted being bashful around other actors during rehearsals. Having done an array of television shows (CSI:NY, The United States of Tara) including starring in the Gossip Girl episode "Valley Girls" as Owen Campos, alongside Brittany Snow and Krysten Ritter. He eventually landed his first big break playing a troubled small-town Texas rink manager in the 2010 Sundance hit Skateland with Twilight alum Ashley Greene.
Though he lost the Twilight role to Robert Pattinson, Hardwicke liked Fernandez enough to cast him in what would be his first romantic lead, in Red Riding Hood, opposite Amanda Seyfried. The role became his Hollywood movie breakthrough, making him a hot commodity. MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named him one of the 'Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011'. As he shot into the spotlight, he was the cover model of Nylon Guys' March 2011 issue, introducing him as "Hollywood's New Rebel", and was the cover man for the April/May 2011 issue of Da Man magazine.
Fernandez has spoken about smoking pot during his high school days to help him relax, and has stated that he does not "need to be stoned anymore. Weed was never fun for me—I was just uncomfortable with myself so I wanted to be stoned. But just being comfortable in my own skin now means I don't have to do it". His favorite movie of all time is The Thing Called Love and River Phoenix is his idol. Fernandez has stated that if he were not acting, he would have majored in Spanish, moved to South America, and run a banana farm or worked in construction, because he is good with his hands; or, if he was better at it, a writer. Fernandez has an affinity for country music, and his dream role is to play a country music star. He is a friend of actor Thomas Dekker.
|2007||Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness||Justin Gutierrez||Television film|
|2008||Gardens of the Night||Cooper|
|2008||Warehouse Job, TheThe Warehouse Job||Richard||Short film|
|2008||Cadillac Records||Phil Chess|
|2009||16 to Life||Rene|
|2011||Red Riding Hood||Peter|
|2013||East, TheThe East||Luca|
|2013||Evil Dead||David Allen|
|2013||White Bird in a Blizzard||Phil||Post-production|
|2013||Queen of Carthage||Amos||Post-production|
|2014||Return to Sender||William Finn||Post-production|
|2006||Cold Case||Valentino||Episode: "One Night"|
|2006–2007||Jericho||Sean Henthorn||7 episodes|
|2007||Drake & Josh||Julio||Episode: "The Storm"|
|2007||Lincoln Heights||T.J.||Episode: "Baby Doe"|
|2008||CSI: NY||Jake Fairwick||Episode: "All in the Family"|
|2008||Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner||Ray Crin Jr.||Episode: "Here Comes the Boom"|
|2009||United States of Tara||Benjamin Lambert||3 episodes (1 uncredited)|
|2009||Gossip Girl||Owen Campos||Episode: "Valley Girls"|
|2009||Three Rivers||Scott Becker||3 episodes (1 uncredited)|
|2011||"We Still Burn" (directed by Shiloh Fernandez)||Top Shelf|
|2012||"Let's Forget All the Things That We Say"||Julia Stone|
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