Birthday: Dec 14, Birthplace: Singapore City, Singapore. Jackson Rathbone exuded quiet confidence whenever he stepped foot onscreen. The television and film star rose out of relative obscurity with a breakout role in "Twilight" , one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Rathbone played Jasper Hale, a "newborn" vampire who needed to control his urge to feast on human blood, especially that of the saga's protagonist Bella Swan Kristen Stewart. The film series, like the Stephenie Meyer novels they were based on, followed his character's personal journey, from coping with his killer instincts in "Twilight" and "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" , to becoming the unsung hero of 's "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Night Shyamalan's "The Last Airbender," a physically challenging and emotional role that kicked the talented actor's career into high gear. View All Photos Rosalie Hale says: Say it Alice.
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He did extensive work for Disney , interviewing up-and-coming personalities like Hilary Duff. Rathbone was born in Singapore and has lived in places ranging from Indonesia to Midland, Norway and Texas. He started out in local theatre in Midland with the youth actors program "The Pickwick Players" initially doing musical theatre. For his junior and senior years of high school, Rathbone attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, a private school for the arts in Michigan, where he majored in acting. After graduation, he had planned to go to the Royal Scottish Academy, but went instead to Los Angeles to experiment with the big screen.
From to , he was the vocalist and occasional guitarist, bassist, drummer, and keyboardist of the funk rock band Monkeys. He has three sisters, including ceramic artist Kelly Rathbone. Rathbone attended the Trinity School of Midland and started out in local theater with the Pickwick Players youth actors program, initially doing musical theater. He also had guest roles on The O. In a interview, he stated it was his first leading role and was his most difficult role to fit into. In , he played Jasper Hale in the film Twilight , based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer. In addition to that role, he won kudos for his performance as a serial killer on Criminal Minds. Rathbone played the role of Sokka in The Last Airbender , a film based on the animated series. Rathbone formerly performed in a funk band called Monkeys with two friends whom he met in high school at Interlochen Arts Academy, Ben Graupner and Ben Johnson,  as well as close friends Jerad Anderson and M. Lawrence Abrams "Uncle Larry".