Jay Hernandez is an American actor and model. He made a chance entry into the entertainment industry, owing to his good looks. Hernandez was spotted by a talent manager who suggested that he should try to make a career in acting. Hernandez made his debut in the TV series ‘Hang Time.’ Following this, he was offered film roles. Hernandez played the lead character in the teen romantic movie ‘Crazy/Beautiful.’ Hernandez received the ‘ALMA Awards’ nomination for his performance in this movie. He appeared in TV series such as ‘Undressed,’ ‘One World,’ and ‘American Family.’ He appeared as a baseball player in ‘The Rookie’ and played the lead role in the horror movie ‘Hostel.’ The latter became successful at the box office, and his performance was widely applauded. He received several award nominations for this film. Later, he starred in a sequel to the movie, too. Hernandez played the protagonist in the movie ‘Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power.’ In the movie, he portrayed ‘Carlito Brigante,’ a drug lord.
Childhood & Early Life
Jay Hernandez was born Javier Manuel Hernandez Jr. on February 20, 1978, in Montebello, California. His family has Mexican ancestry. His father, Javier Hernandez Sr., is a mechanic, and his mother, Isis Maldonado, is a secretary and accountant. He has a younger sister, Amelia, and two older brothers, Michael and Gabriel.
Hernandez attended the ‘Don Bosco Technical Institute,’ in Rosemead, for his early studies. In his senior year, he was transferred to the ‘Schurr High School,’ in Montebello.
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Jay Hernandez was spotted by talent manager Howard Tyner in an elevator. He was impressed by Hernandez’s good looks, and suggested him to try his luck in movies. He got Hernandez enrolled at an acting school, and sent his pictures to casting agents.
In 1998, Hernandez made his acting debut in the TV series ‘Hang Time.’ It was a teen sitcom aired on the ‘NBC’ network. In the series, Hernandez starred as a recurring character ‘Antonio Lopez.’ In 1999, he appeared in an episode of the series ‘USA High.’ In 2000, Hernandez appeared in the series ‘Undressed.’
Hernandez appeared in ‘Living the Life’ in 2000. He was cast as ‘Carlos Nunez’ in the teen romantic drama ‘Crazy/Beautiful.’ His character, ‘Carlos,’ was a studious boy, who well in love with a girl having self-destructive tendencies. Kirsten Dunst was Hernandez’s co-star in the movie. The movie was a success. For his excellent performance, Hernandez was nominated for the ‘ALMA Award for the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.’
In 2002, Hernandez was cast in ‘The Rookie.’ In this movie, Hernandez portrayed a baseball player ‘Joaquin “Wack” Campos.’ In the same year, he appeared in two episodes of the series ‘American Family’ as ‘Cisco Gonzalez.’ He was replaced by A J Lamas.
In the 2004 film ‘Ladder 49,’ Hernandez portrayed a fire-fighter ‘Keith Perez.’ In the same year, he starred as a football player ‘Brian Chavez’ in the sports drama movie ‘Friday Night Lights.’ He was also seen as ‘Dalton’ in the action movie ‘Torque.’ The character was Hispanic-American.
In 2005, Jay Hernandez bagged an important role of his career. He was selected to play the lead role in the horror movie ‘Hostel.’ In the movie, Hernandez portrayed ‘Paxton,’ who was a college student kidnapped by a mysterious gang that tortures tourists. Though the film received criticism for excessive use of brutal scenes, Hernandez’ performance was highly appreciated. He was nominated for the ‘Fangoria Chainsaw Awards’ and the ‘Teen Choice Awards.’ In 2007, he performed the same character in its sequel, ‘Hostel: Part II.’
In 2005, Hernandez played the lead role of ‘Carlito Brigante’ in the movie ‘Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power.’ It was a prequel to the film ‘Carlito’s Way.’ Hernandez reprised the role performed by Al Pacino in the first movie. The movie showed the rise of ‘Brigante’ as a powerful drug lord of New York.
In 2006, Hernandez performed as ‘Carlos Green’ in the drama series ‘Six Degrees.’ In 2008, he acted in ‘American Son,’ ‘Lakeview Terrace,’ and ‘Nothing like the Holidays.’
In 2016, Jay Hernandez appeared as ‘Jessie Harkness’ in ‘Bad Moms.’ It was a comedy movie with Mila Kunis playing the protagonist. Hernandez portrayed the lover of the lead character. In 2017, he reprised the role in ‘A Bad Moms Christmas.’
In 2018, Hernandez was selected to play ‘Thomas Magnum’ in the crime series ‘Magnum P.I.’ In the series, Hernandez performs as ‘Magnum,’ a former ‘Navy SEAL.’ The series is currently being aired on the ‘CBS’ network.
Family & Personal Life
Jay Hernandez is married to actress Daniella Deutscher. The couple met during their teenage and got married in 2016. They don’t have any children.
Hernandez has appeared in commercials for ‘Gap.’