Funny, charming, intelligent, and downright dashing are just a few words that describe Jayson Blair. This rising star is positioned to take the entertainment industry by storm. Blair was most recently seen in a recurring role on ABC Family’s Young & Hungry and Guest starring on FOX’s Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life. Prior to that, Jayson was a break out as “Clay Clemmons” in NBC’s “The New Normal,” created and executive produced by Ryan Murphy [“Glee,” “American Horror Story.”] On the film front, Blair can be seen in the Academy Award Winning film WHIPLASH opposite J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. Also, look for him in the upcoming film Unforgettable, by Warner Brothers, starring Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl.
Over the last few years, Blair has made appearances on top television programs such as CBS’ “Two Broke Girls,” TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” and “The Closer,” NBC’s “Heroes,” Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” and FOX’s “Glee.” He may be best known, however, for his series regular role as bad boy “Max Owens” on MTV’s first scripted series “The Hard Times of RJ Berger,” throughout 2010-11. In 2012, Blair made his mark in film - landing a lead role in the indie film DETENTION OF THE DEAD, for Gala Films.
Born in Detroit and raised in Macomb, Michigan, Blair always had an interest in the entertainment industry. With a shortage of television and film opportunities in the Detroit area, Blair entered a talent competition in Chicago and was discovered by an agent, who he credits for changing his mind about where he fit into the business, and his life. Shortly after, Blair decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry; however his early years in LA were far from easy. He shares, “for the first three years that I was in LA, it was rough. I was living off of the Dollar Menu at McDonalds, and I ate a lot of oatmeal. I was not working as a model, and I was not yet working as an actor, so I poured my heart and soul into acting classes and developed a true love for acting. I realized that when I put in the work, I started getting jobs.” In 2009 Blair’s hard work paid off, as he booked roles on “Glee,” “Heroes” and “Hard Times” within months of each other. While working on “Hard Times,” Blair also had the opportunity to book a role on the new, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” spin off, working with Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker.
When not acting, Blair likes to brush up on his ping-pong and tennis skills, having been the captain of his high school tennis team in Michigan. He is known to make amazing pasta from scratch, the Italian recipe he learned from his mother and grandmother. Blair also supports several charities, including CHOC [Children’s Hospital of Orange County] and Reality Cares.