Blake Alexander Jenner (born August 27, 1992) is an actor, singer, writer and producer from Miami, Florida. He found inspiration as a child in Jim Carrey and Michael Jackson and aspired to be an entertainer. When he was 9, he wrote short stories and acted them out at school, thus deciding to pursue a career in acting. Throughout middle school and high school he spent his spare time acting in advertisements and attending acting classes, but he also performed in school plays as well. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career and took his junior year during the day, and online courses for his senior year at night so that he could graduate early and make his dream of acting come true. He has had many different jobs including a waiter, clothing store associate, fast food attendant, and a parrot salesman (he did not go from door to door selling parrots, but rather worked in a store). After very many auditions, Blake booked a role to guest star as “Miller Collins” on the ABC Family Sitcom “Melissa & Joey”. It was through this sitcom that he was first introduced to television.
The youngest of four brothers, Mike, Derrick and Richard, Jenner was interested in music and film growing up. He began playing drums, writing short stories and acting them out at school starting when he was nine years old. While performing in plays throughout middle school and high school, he also appeared in television commercials.
Throughout his youth, Jenner took acting and improvisation classes, participating in his school’s drama department and Impromedy, an improv and sketch comedy group based in his hometown of Florida. Eager to pursue a career in acting, Blake moved to Los Angeles after graduating a year early in the summer of 2010.
Jenner was in a relationship with his highschool sweetheart, Maria Correa, who moved from her hometown to live with him in LA. They dated for 3 years.
Since February 2013, he has been dating his Glee co-star, Melissa Benoist. They were reported to be engaged in July 2013. Their engagement was confirmed in December 2013.
Upon arriving in LA, he worked as a waiter, a clothing store associate, and appeared in films like Wurlitzer, The Truth In Being Right and horror movie Cousin Sarah. He made a guest appearance on ABC family’s sitcom Melissa & Joey as jock Miller Collins. Though he has received some rejection he continued to forge ahead because of the love he had for his craft. Soon after in 2012, Jenner was discovered through industry channels to audition for The Glee Project, a music-based television reality show. After besting thirteen contestants and winning the second season, Blake is featured as Ryder; the star football player/lead vocalist on the 4th season of the FOX hit, Glee. He later won the Choice TV Breakout Star at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.