Shiloh Fernandez - biography
Shiloh Fernandez was born in Ukiah, California. He has a stepfather who is a contractor, and has a younger sister and a brother. Before becoming an actor Shiloh began working as a dishwasher, and an American Apparel catalog model hand-picked by the company’s CEO, Dov Charney for his then-fledgling company. Later arriving to L.A. he asked Charney for a job and was hired as a stock boy, Shiloh described working in the stock room as "awful" and the "worst job ever". His first acting gig was a commercial for First 5 California that was directed by Vadim Perelman.
Career Early work, 2006-2010
After completing a short Fernandez kicked off his acting career in television when he appeared in Cold Case, his first TV show, followed by bit parts in Drake & Josh and Lincoln Heights. His screen debut came two years later, in 2007, when he landed the role of Edgar in Interstate before returning to TV. He landed his first recurring role in Jericho as Sean Henthorn between 2006-07. The series was cancelled after just one series before a campaign by fans saw it return for a second before being cancelled once again.
In 2008, Fernandez became one of the front-runners to play Edward Cullen after he auditioned for Catherine Hardwicke in her Venice Beach garage, during the casting of Twilight. Fernandez was allegedly Hardwicke’s first choice, but it was up to Kristen Stewart who had the last say. Shiloh later recalled on his narrowly missed opportunity, "At the time, it was just another audition. I didn’t realize I was missing out on stardom and giant paychecks. Now, looking back on it, I certainly wouldn’t have been mentally stable enough to deal with all that. Lucky for me, not getting that part led to other work that was a much better fit for me." Fernandez, who had no formal training, admitted being bashful around other actors during rehearsals. Having done an array of television shows (CSI:NY, The United States of Tara) including starring in the Gossip Girl episode "Valley Girls" as Owen Campos, alongside Brittany Snow and Krysten Ritter. He eventually landed his first big break playing a troubled small-town Texas rink manager in the 2010 Sundance hit Skateland with Twilight alum Ashley Greene.
Though he lost the Twilight role to Robert Pattinson, Hardwicke liked Fernandez enough to cast him in what would be his first romantic lead in Red Riding Hood opposite Amanda Seyfried. The role became his Hollywood movie breakthrough, making him a hot commodity. MTV Networks' NextMovie.com named him one of the 'Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011'. As he shot into the spotlight he became the cover model of Nylon Guys March 2011 issue, introducing him as "Hollywood's New Rebel". He then became the cover man for the April/May 2011 issue of Da Man magazine. Fernandez also is lined up to play his first film role that requires an accent (a Welsh one), in a British drama called The Beloved. In addition he is set to be in the indie film Syrup, based on the novel of the same name by Max Barry.
Shiloh confessed to smoking pot during his high school days to help him relax, but now says he does not "need to be stoned anymore. Weed was never fun for me – I was just uncomfortable with myself so I wanted to be stoned. But just being comfortable in my own skin now means I don’t have to do it." His favorite movie of all time is The Thing Called Love and River Phoenix is his idol. If he were not acting, he would have majored in Spanish, moved to South America and run a banana farm or work in construction because he is good with his hands or, if he was better at it, a writer. Shiloh has an affinity for country music and his dream role is to play a country music star. He is friends with Thomas Dekker.