Became known for his role as James T. Kirk in the 2009 version of Star Trek. He received additional acclaim for his starring roles in Smokin' Aces, This Means War, Rise of the Guardians and Unstoppable. In 2019, he starred as Jay in the TV limited series called I Am the Night.
He won a Boston Society of Film Critics Award for his role in Star Trek.
His father appeared as Sergeant Joseph Getraer in CHiPs and his mother is also a former actor. He dated actress Olivia Munn from 2009 to 2010, then, in 2015, he began a relationship with actress Vail Bloom.
He appeared in Princess Diaries 2 with Anne Hathaway.