Feb. 20th, 1978
Montebello, California, USA
Jay Hernandez's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - Takers
2008 - American Son
2008 - Quarantine
2008 - Nothing Like the Holidays
2008 - Lakeview Terrace
2007 - Live!
2007 - Grindhouse
2006 - World Trade Center
2005 - Hostel
2004 - Ladder 49
2004 - Friday Night Lights
2004 - Torque
2002 - The Rookie
2001 - Crazy/Beautiful
Guest TV Roles
A rising talent with the requisite good looks and plenty of on-screen charisma, Jay Hernandez had one of those serendipitous experiences that led to his career. While riding an elevator in a high rise in his native Los Angeles, the young man was approached by talent manager, Howard Tyner, who suggested Hernandez had what it took to have a successful career in Hollywood. In 1998, he made his TV series debut as "Antonio Lopez", one of the high school basketball players, in the NBC Saturday morning teen sitcom "Hang Time" (1995) and stayed with the show for two seasons. Departing NBC, Hernandez moved to MTV with the short-term role of pizza delivery guy "Eddie" on the popular late-night serial _Undressed(1999)_ before segueing to the big screen. In 2001, Hernandez co-starred with Kirsten Dunst in the teen romance Crazy/Beautiful (2001) portraying stalwart, straight-A high school student "Carlos Nunez", whose plans to attend the US Naval Academy are threatened by his growing attraction to a self-destructive rich girl, (Kirsten Dunst). He next appeared in Disney's surprise hit film The Rookie (2002/I) as high school baseball team captain Joaquin "Wack" Campos. He also had a supporting role in the video-game-ish actioner Torque (2004). Also in 2004, he was in the action-packed drama, Ladder 49 (2004) as "Keith Perez" and in the other action-packed drama, Friday Night Lights (2004). In 2006, he next starred in Eli Roth's Hostel (2005), a brutal horror flick about two American college buddies (Hernandez and Derek Richardson) lured to an out-of-the-way hostel in a Slovakian town rumored to house desperate, but beautiful Eastern European women. Following their wrong heads, both Americans get trapped in a truly sinister situation that plunges them into the dark recesses of human nature.
- Hernandez was discovered by an agent while in an elevator.
- Was in the same Math Class with Skateboarder, Actor 'Frank Miranda (II)' (qv) at Don Bosco Technical Institute.
- Is of Mexican Descent.
- Attended Don Bosco Technical Institute (High School) in Rosemead, California.
- Has two older brothers and a younger sister.
- Played on the 'stars' team for MTV's Rock and Jock (2002).
- Featured in TV Guide's January 23, 2004 issue on page 21by: Allyssa Lee, "The 5-Year Plan."
- Attended Schurr High School, Montebello, California, class of 1996.