Samuel Larsen

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Samuel Larsen
Birth nameSamuel Peter Acosta Larsen
Born (1991-08-28) August 28, 1991 (age 29)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
  • Actor
  • singer
  • model
  • musician
Years active2010–present
LabelsRoc Nation

Samuel Peter Acosta Larsen[1] (born August 28, 1991)[2][3] is an American actor and singer. On August 21, 2011, Larsen won the reality competition program The Glee Project on the Oxygen network, which led to his having a recurring role as Joe Hart on the Fox television show Glee.[4] Larsen was also a member of the band Bridges I Burn.[5]

He is pursuing his solo career, and released his debut EP, Vices, on October 27, 2014.[6]

Life and career[edit]

Larsen was born in San Francisco,[citation needed] to Henrik and Lupe Acosta Larsen. His father is from Denmark and his mother from Mexico.[1] Larsen has an older brother, Manolo Acosta, and a sister named Morgan.[2] As a young boy, Larsen played drums,[7] bass, guitar and keyboards.[4][8] He graduated from Murrieta Valley High School in 2009.[2] In his sophomore year, he became vocalist and guitarist of the school band 15 North and the band performed in festivals.[9]

In 2010, Larsen auditioned in season 9 of American Idol[5][10] but was cut after making it to Hollywood, failing to make it to the semi-finals.[4] After doing some runway modeling for fashion designer Ashton Michael,[11] he met his soon-to-be bandmate Skip Arnold during a runway show,[12] moved to Los Angeles busking and applied to The Glee Project. Meanwhile, Larsen and Skip Arnold formed the band "Bridges I Burn" and soon a third member, Salvatore Spinelli, joined them.[citation needed] Larsen writes and performs most of his music.[8] He spent some time touring with the rock band Palaye Royale in 2017-2018. He auditioned for the role of Sam Evans on Glee but did not get the part, which went to Chord Overstreet.[4][5]

His first Glee appearance was on the thirteenth episode of the third season, titled "Heart", as Joe Hart, a formerly home-schooled Christian.[13] During that episode he performed in two songs: Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts",[14] and a mashup of The Association's "Cherish" and Madonna's "Cherish".[15] Although his prize for having won The Glee Project was seven episodes, he appeared in each of the final ten episodes of Glee's third season. In addition, he appeared as a mentor for The Glee Project's second season,[16] appeared in 12 episodes in Glee's fourth season, and appeared twice in the final season.[17] In July 2018, Larsen was cast as Zed Evans in the film adaptation of Anna Todd's bestselling novel After. The film was released on 12 April 2019.[18] Larsen plays the role again in its 2020 sequel After We Collided.




Year Title Role Notes
2010 American Idol Contestant Season 9, eliminated during Hollywood Week
2011–2012 The Glee Project Contestant Contestant (season 1, winner)
Guest judge (season 2, episode 2: "Dance-ability")
2012–2013, 2015 Glee Joe Hart Recurring (seasons 3–4, 6) (23 episodes)
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Alfie Tucker Guest; Season 6, episode 9: "Hana Keaka" "Charade"


Year Title Role
2015 The Breakup Girl Uri
2016 The Remains Tommy
2016 Recovery Logan
2017 Disconnected Dirk
2019 After Zed Evans
2020 After We Collided Zed Evans


  1. ^ a b "Samuel Peter Acosta Larsen Makes 'Glee' Debut as Hippy Homeschooler Joe Hart". Hispanically Speaking News. February 15, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c Shultz, Craig (August 25, 2011). "Murrieta Valley grad wins reality show". North County Times. Retrieved July 7, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Larsen, Samuel (August 28, 2012). "Twitter / @SamuelLarsen: And just like that.... I am 21!!!". Retrieved July 23, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d Graham, Ashley (February 14, 2012). "Samuel Larsen: 5 Things to Know About Glee's Newest Star". Wetpaint Entertainment. Retrieved July 7, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b c Martin, Denise (August 22, 2011). "The Glee Project Winners Talk Subtitles, Cameron and Making Musical Love to Ryan Murphy". TV Guide. Retrieved July 6, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  7. ^ Hensel, Amanda (May 25, 2011). "Samuel Larsen of 'The Glee Project' Went to Hollywood With $5 and a Love for Michael Jackson". Retrieved May 25, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b "Samuel Larsen". Pop Tower.
  9. ^ Surowski, Peter (February 8, 2008). "Passing the torch: Valley musicians win Best Rock, Best High School awards for second year". The Fallbrook Village News. The Fallbrook Village News. Retrieved July 7, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Season 9 - Golden Ticket Interviews Samuel Larsen". Fox Broadcasting.
  11. ^ Douglass, Beth (January 26, 2012). "Glee's Samuel Larsen: Former Fashion Model — OMG Video!". Wetpaint Entertainment. Retrieved July 7, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Gonzales, Lizzy. "Interview + Gallery Exclusive Bridges I Burn: For The Love, of Love". CBS Radio Inc. Retrieved July 7, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Keck, William (February 2, 2012). "Keck's Exclusives: Glee's Valentine To Fans". TV Guide. Retrieved February 3, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 10, 2012). "'Glee' First Listen: 'The Glee Project's' Samuel Larsen Covers Gym Class Heroes' 'Stereo Hearts'". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter, Inc. Retrieved February 10, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Slezak, Michael (February 14, 2012). "Glee Recap: Crazy, Stupid, Love". TVLine. Media. Retrieved February 15, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 12, 2012). "'Glee Project' Winner Samuel Larsen Talks Mentoring, Temptation and Romancing Quinn". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter, Inc. Retrieved July 7, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 14, 2012). "Comic-Con 2012: 'Glee': Damian McGinty Not Returning, Sue Gives Birth and 13 Season 4 Spoilers". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ Ellenbogen, Rachael (24 July 2018). "When Is Anna Todd's 'After' Movie Coming Out? Release Date Revealed". Retrieved 3 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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