Father died of cancer when he was 6 years old. Spent his high-school days performing in choirs as well as an improv club. Auditioned for the Oxygen network's reality show The Glee Project while he was still in high school. Was named the runner-up for The Glee Project. His prize was a two-episode arc on the third season of Glee in the character of Wade Adams, a transgender student. Became a regular cast member in Glee's fourth season. Planned on attending Boston's Berklee College of Music after receiving a vocal-performance scholarship, but opted to pursue acting instead. Supports the American Cancer Society.