Actor Avan Jogia launched his career with the TV movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story in 2006. A few years later, he landed the role of Beck Oliver in a popular teen show Victorious. Jogia then starred in the mystery series Twisted in 2013. In 2015, he played one of history's most famous rulers in the miniseries Tut.
Early Life and Career
Born on February 2, 1992, in Vancouver, Canada, Avan Jogia is one of Hollywood's rising stars. He was homeschooled from fifth to eighth grade and attended a local high school for ninth and tenth grade, according to an interview with Teen Vogue. At 16, Jogia decided to leave school to pursue his dream of being an actor.
Jogia moved to Los Angeles where he landed his first role in the 2006 TV movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story. In the project, he plays the younger brother of a transsexual teenage girl. Jogia landed a few more TV projects. He appeared on the 2007 comedy series Aliens in America and the science fiction show Caprica.
'Victorious' and 'Twisted'
Jogia's first big break came with the popular Nickelodeon series Victorious. The sitcom, which debuted in 2010, starred Jogia's real-life friend Victoria Justice as well as future pop star Ariana Grande. He played Beck Oliver on the show, which was set at a California performing arts high school. Jogia considers his time on Victorious as his tutorial on Hollywood. As he explained to Interview magazine, "You learn these skills—photos, red carpets, interviews."
After Victorious, Jogia landed the starring role in Twisted, a teen-oriented mystery series. The part was a new challenge for him. "I've never been the lead of a show before; I've always done wacky side characters," he told Teen Vogue. Jogia played Danny Desai, a teen who returns home after serving time in a juvenile facility for murder. As he explained to the Hollywood Reporter, he found the character fascinating. "Danny uses his charm as a defense mechanism for something else. I don't know if that's something that's really, really dark—that he is a crazy, sociopathic murderer, or something lighter than that—but he is hiding secrets that are out of his control. "
Jogia has become an in-demand actor, landing numerous projects after Twisted ended in 2014. He worked on several independent films, including I Am Michael (2015) with James Franco and Ten Thousand Saints (2015) with Ethan Hawke. Jogia took on his most prominent role to date as the title character in the TV miniseries Tut, which aired in July 2015. He plays the legendary young Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun in the project, which was filmed in Morocco and Canada. The program gave Jogia a chance to work with one of his acting idols, Ben Kingsley, who plays Tut's leading advisor. The following year, he wrote, directed and starred as Bones in Last Teenagers of the Apocalypse.
Back on the big screen, Jogia has reunited with Victorious co-star Victoria Justice for the upcoming comedy The Outskirts. He is also set to appear in the thriller The Drowning with Julia Stiles and Josh Charles.
Jogia is a co-founder of Straight But Not Narrow. This nonprofit organization "develops innovative videos and online campaigns to train and prepare straight allies to be supporters and friends to their LGBT friends, family and classmates," according to its Facebook page.
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