Model turned actor who won a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for his role in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints in 2006. His other notable films include Coach Carter, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Step Up, Magic Mike, and She's the Man. He also earned praise for his portrayal of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz in the 2014 drama Foxcatcher.
As a child, he played soccer and football, ran track, and performed at martial art competitions. He briefly worked as a stripper in a local nightclub, an experience that provided inspiration for his character in the film Magic Mike.
He played football in high school and got a full football scholarship for college, but decided to go into modeling instead.