Jackson Rathbone

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Jackson Rathbone
Monroe Jackson Rathbone V

(1984-12-14) December 14, 1984 (age 34)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActor, musician
Years active2005–present
Sheila Hafsadi (m. 2013)
RelativesMonroe Jackson Rathbone II

Monroe Jackson Rathbone V[1][2] (born December 14, 1984)[3] is an American actor and musician known for his role as Jasper Hale in The Twilight Saga series.

Early life[edit]

Rathbone was born in Singapore, the son of American parents Randee Lynn (née Brauner) and Monroe Jackson Rathbone IV. He has three sisters, including ceramic artist Kelly Rathbone.[4][5][6]

Rathbone is distantly related to Civil War general Stonewall Jackson and British actor Basil Rathbone.[7] His great-grandfather, Monroe Jackson Rathbone II, was the chairman of Standard Oil of New Jersey, which later became Exxon.[6] Because of his father's job at Mobil Oil, Rathbone has lived in places ranging from Norway, Indonesia to Midland, Texas.[8]

He attended Trinity School of Midland, a college preparatory school, and started out in local theater in Midland with the youth actors program "The Pickwick Players", initially doing musical theatre.[9] For his junior and senior years of high school, Rathbone attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, a private school for the arts in Michigan, where he majored in acting.[8][9] After graduation, he had planned to go to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, but went instead to Los Angeles to experiment with film acting.[8]


After being in Los Angeles for a short time, Rathbone was cast in Disney 411, where he interviewed up-and-coming personalities like Hilary Duff and the sister duo Aly & AJ. He also had guest roles on The O.C. and Close to Home. His film roles include work in Molding Clay, Pray for Morning, and Travis and Henry. In 2005, he got the role of Nicholas Fiske in ABC Family's original series Beautiful People. In a 2008 interview, he stated it was his first leading role and was his most difficult role to fit into.[10] Rathbone also played a role in Criminal Minds as Adam and Amanda.

In 2008, he played Jasper Hale in the film Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer.[11] He reprised his role in the sequels to Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 and Part 2.[12][13] In 2009, Rathbone played Jeremy in S. Darko. In addition to that role, he won kudos for his performance as a serial killer on Criminal Minds. Rathbone played the role of Sokka in The Last Airbender, a 2010 film based on the animated series.[14] Though the film was a commercial hit, it was universally panned by critics, particularly for Rathbone as a white actor-playing the role of Sokka, who in the TV series was Inuit.

Rathbone performing with band 100 Monkeys in Indianapolis, 2011

Rathbone formerly performed in a band called 100 Monkeys with two friends whom he met in high school at Interlochen Arts Academy, Ben Graupner and Ben Johnson,[9] as well as close friends Jerad Anderson and M. Lawrence Abrams ("Uncle Larry").[15] The band released three albums in 2009.[16] In December 2009, 100 Monkeys began a 100-city tour that took them to nearly every state in the US by mid-2010.[17] The band continued to tour into 2011 to coincide with the release of their new album, Liquid Zoo, which was released in June.[18] The band headed overseas for their first international dates in winter 2011.[17]

Rathbone appeared in an episode of No Ordinary Family on November 9, 2010.[19][20] In November 2010, it was reported he had been cast in the Warner Premiere and Dolphin Entertainment action comedy web series Aim High alongside Aimee Teegarden.[21][22] The show in which he portrays Nick Green, a high school junior who's just starting a new school year as one of the country's 64 highly trained teenage operatives, premiered on October 18, 2011, on Facebook being the first "social series" ever created.[23]

In May 2011, Rathbone began shooting Live at the Foxes Den, a film in which he plays the lead role of lawyer Bobby Kelly.

In November 2014, Rathbone joined the cast of Pali Road.

Rathbone has a production company, PatchMo Entertainment, and a record company, Happy Jack Records.

Personal life[edit]

Rathbone resides in Los Angeles and enjoys music, writing, singing and producing.[8]

Rathbone and his then girlfriend, Sheila Hafsadi, had a son, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, on July 5, 2012.[24] Close friend and Twilight co-star Nikki Reed is the godmother. He and Hafsadi married on September 29, 2013.[25][26][27] On May 31, 2016, he and Hafsadi welcomed their second child, a daughter named Presley Bowie Rathbone.[28]

The couple are expecting a third child, a son, in late 2019.

On September 18, 2014, Rathbone was on board JetBlue Flight 1416 en route from Long Beach, California to Austin, Texas when its engine exploded. The plane returned to Long Beach and made an emergency landing. There were four injuries, but all passengers survived.[29][30]


Rathbone is an honorary board member for Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. He has shown support for the organization in several ways, including donating a signed Twilight script for auction, visiting a Little Kids Rock classroom, and delivering instruments to students.[31]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 River's End Jimmy
2006 Pray for Morning Connor
2007 Big Stan Robbie the Hippie
2008 Senior Skip Day Snippy Direct to video
Twilight Jasper Hale
2009 S. Darko Jeremy Frame Direct to video
Dread Stephen Grace
Hurt Conrad Coltrane
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Jasper Hale
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The Last Airbender Sokka
Girlfriend Russ
Young Again Adult Ethan Short film
2011 100 Monkeys: Modern Time Red Short film
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Jasper Hale
2012 Zombie Hamlet Shakespeare Purist Uncredited
Cowgirls n' Angels Justin Wood Direct to video
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Jasper Hale
2013 The Magic Bracelet Geoff Short film
Live at the Foxes Den Bobby Kelly
2014 City of Dead Men Jacob
2015 Pali Road Neil Lang
2016 100 Monkeys: The Fair Musician Short film
My Husband's Wife Kyle
2017 Horseshoe Theory Bobbo
Justice Thomas McCord
2018 Samson Rallah
TBA Until We Meet Again Eddie Conway


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Beautiful People Nicholas Fiske 16 episodes
2005 Close to Home Scott Fields Episode: "Romeo and Juliet Murders"
2006 The O.C. Justin Edwards 2 episodes
2007 The War at Home Dylan 2 episodes
2009 Criminal Minds Adam Jackson Episode: "Conflicted"
2010 No Ordinary Family Trent Stafford Episode: "No Ordinary Visitors"
2013 White Collar Nate Osbourne Episode: "Shoot the Moon"
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Jesse James Episode: "The Great Train Stoppery"
2015 Finding Carter Jared Peters 12 episodes
2017 The Last Ship Giorgio 8 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2011–2013 Aim High Nick Green 16 episodes, also executive producer


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