A top fashion model turned actor, Jason Lewis is from Southern California. As a teenager, he was determined to get out and see the world. He had to work hard in order to do so, working for a plumbing contractor, and 55 hours a week as a waiter in a restaurant. In June of 1993, when finally he had enough money collected, he went to Paris at the suggestion of a model scout who thought he would do great in the modeling industry. Jason did a little modeling and was soon on his way to Milan, where he was adored by the fashion industry there.
Towards the end of 1993, he landed a GUESS? campaign and his career boosted increasingly. He began landing campaigns with Tommy Hilfiger, Boss (photographed by Richard Avedon), Byblos, and Ray Ban. He also continued working many major fashion shows in Milan, New York, and Paris. In 1996, Jason was nominated for Male Model of the Year at the VH1 Fashion Music Awards. Besides all the runway shows, he has been featured alone in an 11-page editorial in the February 1996 issue of GQ. He was also one of the stars of NBC TV's "High Sierra Search and Rescue" (1995), a visually stunning seven part series about mountain rescue set in the High Sierras.
Following this early success, he has studied with three private acting coaches for what he hopes will be a future in film. He had done a guest stint on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990), and was a recent addition to the cast of "Sex and the City" (1998).
Once living in New York as a high profile model, Jason followed an incredible modeling schedule. However, his interest in acting limits his modeling assignments to just fashion editorials and ad campaigns (no longer runways). His loyal fans still remember him in the pages of GQ and Esquire in 2002, and the winter 2002 Gap campaign. He is signed to Wilhelmina Models, Inc. Some of his best friends are also major male models, such as Alex Lundqvist (who was also Jason's roommate), and Mark Vanderloo.
Originally from Southern California, Jason Lewis' first acting job came in the form of NBC-TV's "High Sierra Search and Rescue" (1995), a visually stunning seven-part series about mountain rescue, set in the High Sierras.
Following his early success, Jason landed the fan-favorite role of "Smith Jerrod" in the HBO hit series, "Sex and the City" (1998). Jason went on to reprise his popular role in both "Sex and the City" feature films. The most recent film grossed 56 million dollars its first weekend to become one of the most successful adult romantic comedies, ever. The movie and series continue to air in countries throughout the world, making Lewis an internationally recognized star.
Lewis has successfully parlayed his stardom to a series of quality film and television roles, as well as the lead in the world-renowned stage play, "This Is Our Youth", directed by Woody Harrelson. Lewis also received much critical praise for his recurring role of "Chad Barry" on ABC's hit drama, "Brothers & Sisters" (2006).
Lewis' additional film credits include Warner Brother's The Jacket (2005), co-starring Adrien Brody; the thriller, The Attic (2007) (V), directed by the legendary Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary (1989)); Nu Image Films' The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007), opposite Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne; My Faraway Bride (2006) and Havoc (2005), with Anne Hathaway; Mr. Brooks (2007), a psychological thriller in which he starred alongside Kevin Costner, Demi Moore and William Hurt.
Has waited tables, just like his "Sex and the City" (1998) character, though he claims he never got as much attention as Smith does.
Although he appeared in Derek Zoolander: Male Model (1996) (TV) at the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards (1996) (TV), and in Derek Zoolander University (1997) (TV) at the 1997 VH1 Fashion Awards (1997) (TV), he is nowhere to be seen in Zoolander (2001). However he was mentioned by Ben Stiller in Zoolander-related interviews.
Grew up in Los Alamitos and attended Los Alamitos High School.
Has two sisters, Kate and Nicole, and an older brother, Sean.
Lived with Rosario Dawson from November 2005 until their break-up [November 9, 2006].
In relationship with Veronica Grey [March 2010].
People have these ideas of what you're supposed to do to have a career, like play against type, or don't revisit a character. I'm just not that precious. It's not that big a fucking deal. Of course you'd like to do a broader range. But it's nothing I worry about.
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