Gained fame as the vampire Emmett Cullen in the Twilight Saga movies. He also starred as the title characters in both The Legend of Hercules and the 2013 film Tarzan.
He attended Chapman University before pursuing a career in acting. He appeared on Model Citizens and The Bold and the Beautiful. Early in his career, he appeared in Accepted, Prom Night, and Ghosts of Goldfield.
In 2010, he was one of the models featured in Calvin Klein's underwear campaign.