Nico Tortorella

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Nico Tortorella
Born (1988-07-30) July 30, 1988 (age 30)
ResidenceNew York City, New York[1]
OccupationActor, model
Years active2009–present

Nico Tortorella (born July 30, 1988) is an American actor and model. Tortorella is known for roles in films including Scream 4, the Fox crime drama series The Following, and the TV Land comedy-drama series Younger.

Life and career[edit]

Tortorella is a native of Wilmette, Illinois, and a graduate of New Trier High School. They are of Italian descent.[3] In May 2009, The CW ordered a 13-episode first season of the drama series The Beautiful Life: TBL.[4] The series centered on a group of models sharing a residence in New York City and Tortorella portrayed the role of an upcoming underwear model Cole Shepard. The series premiered on September 16, 2009 to a low 1.38 million viewers and mixed reviews from critics. Following the premiere of the series' second episode The CW cancelled the series due to low ratings.[5]

In June 2009, Tortorella was announced to star in the ABC Family teen drama television series Make It or Break It.[6] They took the role of Razor, an aspiring singer. Tortorella temporarily left the series to pursue work on The Beautiful Life and after the series' cancellation returned in a recurring role. In August 2010, Tortorella made a special guest appearance in the episode "If Only..." which was marked as their final appearance on the series. That year, Tortorella also had a small role in the Joel Schumacher film Twelve.[7]

In June 2010, Tortorella was announced to star in the horror film Scream 4 the fourth installment of the Scream film series.[8] Tortorella portrayed Trevor Sheldon, a Woodsboro teenager whose life is in danger when peers from their school begin to be killed off one by one. [9] Tortorella next appeared on the Fox serial killer drama The Following. The show was created by Kevin Williamson, who also wrote Scream 4. In 2014, Tortorella was cast as Josh, Sutton Foster's character Liza's younger lover in the TV Land comedy-drama Younger created by Darren Star.[10] Their first leading film role was in the 2015 independent film Hunter&Game in which they played hard-partying electronic musician Carson Lowe, which they described as a "role I was meant to play".[11] The film premiered at the LA Indie Film Fest in October 2014, where it won Best Feature and Best Director of a Feature Awards. The film had its East Coast premiere at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival in May 2015, where they won the Best Feature award.

In September 2016, Tortorella launched the podcast The Love Bomb on the At Will Radio podcast network.[12] On May 1, 2018, Tortorella and Matteo Lane were featured on a Nancy podcast.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Speaking to the New York Post's Page Six in June 2016, Tortorella declared themself sexually fluid,[14] and identified as bisexual in an October 2016 interview with Vulture.[15] In November 2017 Tortorella and Bethany C. Meyers (whom they had been dating for a long time) talked about being in a polyamorous relationship, a revelation that got them uninvited from their respective families' Thanksgiving dinner.[16]

Tortorella married Meyers on March 9, 2018 civilly at a Manhattan City clerk's office before exchanging vows at St. Paul's Chapel.[17] Tortorella announced that they identify as genderfluid during a video collaboration with drag queen Trinity Taylor.[18] Tortorella uses singular they/them pronouns.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Twelve Tobias
2011 Scream 4 Trevor Sheldon
2011 Trespass Jake
2013 Odd Thomas Simon Varner
2014 Hunter&Game Carson Lowe
TBA Fluidity Matt Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010 Make It or Break It Razor Recurring role; 8 episodes
2009 The Beautiful Life: TBL Cole Shepherd Main role; 5 episodes
2013 The Following Jacob Wells Main role (season 1); 15 episodes
2015 Eye Candy Detective Tommy Calligan Unaired original pilot
2015–present Younger Josh Main role; 56 episodes
2016 Mamma Dallas Jesse Television film
2017 Menendez: Blood Brothers Lyle Menendez Television film
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Episode: "Tap That App"; also guest judge [20]
2018 Trailblazer Honors Television film
2018–present How Far Is Tattoo Far? Themself Host [21]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Artist
2013 "Valentine's for One" Kissing Man Forklift Comedy


  1. ^ "Interview with Younger star Nico Tortorella". September 22, 2016. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
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  3. ^ "Wilmette's Nico Tortorella talks about his fate on 'The Following' - Chicago Sun-Times". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  4. ^ Calabria, Rosario T. (2009-05-19). "The CW Picks Up The Beautiful Life, Melrose Place and Vampire Diaries; But Passes on Gossip Girl Spinoff and Cancels Privileged and The Game [Update: Reaper and 'Chris' Also Canceled". Your Entertainment Now. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  5. ^ "First Fall TV Season Fatality: CW Cancels 'The Beautiful Life'". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  6. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (2009-08-24). "ABC Family stretches out Make It or Break It". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  7. ^ "Nico Tortorella More Meat for the Beast in Scream 4". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  8. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (2010-07-29). "'Scream 4' Stars Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella On Working With Original 'Scream' Cast - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  9. ^ "Another Young Teen to Solve the Riddle of 'Scream IV'". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  10. ^ ""Younger," Darren Star's new single camera comedy to premiere Tuesday, January 13th at 10pm ET/PT on TV Land" (PDF) (Press release). TV Land. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
  11. ^ "Nico Tortorella and the Heart of Hunter&Game". Teeco71. November 11, 2015. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  12. ^ "The Love Bomb". At Will Radio. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  13. ^ "Nancy podcast episodes". NPR. 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  14. ^ Greer, Carlos (June 21, 2016). "'Younger' star reveals they're sexually 'fluid'". New York Post. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  15. ^ Jung, E. Alex (October 30, 2016). "Nico Tortorella Wants to Be 'The Future Man'". Vulture. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  16. ^ "Nico Tortorella & Partner Aren't Welcome at Family's Holiday Celebrations As They're Polyamorous". Retrieved 2017-11-16.
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  18. ^ "American actor Nico Tortorella comes out as gender fluid". Gay Times. 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
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