Justin Baldoni

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Justin Baldoni
Justin Baldoni at 2015 PaleyFest.jpg
Baldoni at the 2015 PaleyFest presentation for the Jane the Virgin
Born Justin Louis Baldoni
(1984-01-24) January 24, 1984 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, USA
Alma mater California State University, Long Beach
Occupation Actor, Director
Years active 2004–present
Home town Medford, Oregon, USA
Spouse(s) Emily Baldoni (m. 2013)
Children 2

Justin Louis Baldoni (born January 24, 1984) is an American actor, director and filmmaker.

Early life[edit]

Baldoni was born in Los Angeles, California, and was raised in Medford, Oregon, the son of Sharon and Sam Baldoni.[1] His mother is from a Jewish family and his father is of Italian ancestry. Baldoni's parents joined the Bahá'í Faith, which Baldoni practices devoutly.[2][3] Baldoni played soccer and ran track in high school, and was a radio disc jockey at a local top 40 radio station. While moving into a new apartment building, Baldoni met a manager who advised him to pursue a career in acting.[4]

Career[edit]

In 2008, Baldoni wrote, produced, and directed his first music video that was selected and showcased at the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival.[5]

In 2012, Baldoni created the most-watched digital documentary series in history, My Last Days, a show about living told by the dying. The second season of My Last Days aired on CW and third season will be released in winter of 2018.[6] On the heels of that success Baldoni founded Wayfarer Entertainment, a digital media studio focused on disruptive inspiration.

In 2014, Baldoni started playing Rafael Solano in the CW show Jane the Virgin and in May 2016 he launched a time-lapse video app for pregnant women and new moms called Belly Bump.[7]

In July 2017, Variety announced that Baldoni was developing a male talk show through his media company Wayfarer Entertainment. The show is described as a disruptive panel series that explores what it means to be a man today.[8] In an interview, Baldoni described the reason he created the show. "Man Enough really came about because I wanted to take a dive into what it really means to be a man, and this question of "do we have it right"? [9] The show entitled Man Enough includes prominent men like Matt McGorry and Javier Muñoz.[10] In August 2017, TED announced Baldoni would be a speaker at the annual TEDWomen Conference.[11]

Baldoni directed and produced Five Feet Apart starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson for CBS Films which is based on an original script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis and scheduled to release on March 22nd 2019.[12] He is also scheduled to direct and produce a film on the life of Zach Sobiech with Warner Brothers.[13]

Personal life[edit]

After over a year of dating, Baldoni married Swedish actress Emily Baldoni (née Foxler) in July 2013 in Corona, California.[14] They have a daughter, Maiya Grace Baldoni, born on June 27, 2015,[15] and a son, Maxwell Roland-Samuel Baldoni, born on October 18, 2017.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Yesterday's Dream Pat
2005 The Helix... Loaded Jason
2008 House Bunny Waiter
2009 After Dusk They Come Peter Video
2009 Alpha Males Experiment Gavin
2010 Unrequited Todd Brown
2011 Royal Reunion Nicky Short film
2011 Intervention: Cinderella Aladdin Short film
2011 Minkow Young Barry Minkow Released in 2018 as "Con Man"
2012 Undercover Bridesmaid Jake TV movie
2013 Isolated Ambassador for Peace
2013 Not Today Eli Hill
2013 The Proposal Justin Short film
2014 A Fine Step Marzo Bolivar

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Young and the Restless Ben 3 episodes
2004 Wedding Daze Guillermo Valerio TV film
2005 JAG Azzam Episode: "Bridging the Gulf"
2005 Spring Break Shark Attack J.T. TV film
2005 Charmed Salko Episode: "Something Wicca This Way Goes"
2005-06 Everwood Reid Bardem Recurring role
2007 CSI: Miami Damon Argento Episode: "Cyber-Lebrity"
2008 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Diego Episode: "Foiled Again"
2009 Heroes Alex Woolsey Episodes: "Building 26" and "Exposed"
2010 The Bold and the Beautiful Graham Darros Recurring role
2010 CSI: NY Heath Kirkfield Episode: "Out of the Sky"
2011-12 Single Ladies Derek Recurring role
2012 Blackout Josh Martin TV miniseries
2012 Shadow of Fear Bobby TV film
2012 Undercover Bridesmaid Jake TV film
2013 Happy Endings Marcus Episode: "Fowl Play/Date"
2014–present Jane the Virgin Rafael Solano Main role
2017 Madam Secretary Kevin Park Episode: "The Beautiful Game"

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Boursaw, Jane Louise. "Fall TV". Northern Express. Archived from the original on November 15, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2006. 
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Justin Baldoni as Reid Bardem". FanBolt Entertainment. Retrieved July 8, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 16, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2016-08-17). "'Jane the Virgin' Star Justin Baldoni Focuses on Filmmaking for a Good Cause With 'My Last Days'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  7. ^ "Meet the Three Celeb Guys (Yes, Guys) Behind a New Pregnancy App". Fit Pregnancy and Baby. 2016-05-17. Retrieved 2017-10-07. 
  8. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2017-07-06). "'Jane the Virgin' Star Justin Baldoni Developing Men's Talk Show (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  9. ^ Matthews, Sophie (2018-01-12). "Redefining Masculinity With Actor Justin Baldoni (EXCLUSIVE)". Women.com. Retrieved 2018-05-11. 
  10. ^ "'Hamilton' Star Javier Muñoz Joins 'Man Enough,' a New Show Redefining Masculinity". 2017-09-20. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  11. ^ "Sneak peek: First look at the TEDWomen 2017 lineup". TED Blog. 2017-08-22. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  12. ^ [3]
  13. ^ McNary, Dave (2016-02-02). "Warner Bros. Developing Zach Sobiech 'Fly a Little Higher' Movie". Variety. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  14. ^ Leon, Anya (February 12, 2015). "Baby on the Way for Justin Baldoni". celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  15. ^ Leon, Anya (June 30, 2015). "Justin Baldoni Welcomes Daughter Maiya Grace". celebritybabies.people.com. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  16. ^ Juneau, Jen (October 22, 2017). "Justin Baldoni Welcomes Son Maxwell Roland-Samuel". People.com. Retrieved October 22, 2017. 

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