Jonathan David Bennett

Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett is an American actor who initially captivated American teenagers with his roles in youth-oriented television projects, before gaining international acclaim. His most notable works include “Mean Girls,” “Smallville,” and “Bachelor Party Vegas.” Bennett continues to actively expand his filmography with diverse and compelling cinematic endeavors.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Jonathan David Bennett

Date of birth:

June 10, 1981

Zodiac sign:



Rossford, Ohio, USA





Marital status:





6' 2" (1.88 m)


actor, film producer

Early life

Jonathan David Bennett was born to Ruthanne and David Bennett on June 10, 1981, in the quaint town of Rossford, Ohio. The Bennett family also included three other children: Lisa, Brent, and Brian. His parents did not work in the arts—his father was a medical doctor. Tragically, Bennett’s mother died in 2012, and his father passed away two years thereafter. The actor possesses a mix of English, German, and Irish heritage.

Growing up, Bennett attended Eagle Point Elementary School and later Rossford High School. During his formative years, he was actively involved in school theater productions. In 1999, Bennett pursued higher education in the theater department at Otterbein University. Beyond his studies, he took on roles such as the president of the student council and was an active participant in the university’s theater group. Following his graduation, Bennett relocated to New York City to earnestly follow a professional acting career.


A young Jonathan Bennett in Mean Girls


Jonathan Bennett made his television debut in 1998, taking on minor roles in several well-known American series such as “The Bill,” “All My Children,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Eastwick.” His breakthrough, however, came with the feature film “Season of Youth,” marking his first significant role in a major motion picture.

In 2004, Jonathan Bennett achieved widespread recognition with his role in the hit comedy “Mean Girls,” co-starring Lindsay Lohan. This role catapulted him to teen idol status. The following year, he secured the role of Kevin Grady in the popular series “Smallville,” sharing the screen with notable actors like Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Justin Hartley, John Schneider, and Ian Somerhalder, further boosting his popularity.

Over the ensuing years, Bennett’s filmography continued to grow with new roles primarily appealing to younger audiences. In 2005, he featured prominently in “Love Wrecked” and starred in “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.” In 2006, he portrayed Nathan in the adventure comedy “Bachelor Party Vegas.”

In 2009, Bennett took on the lead role in “Van Wilder: Freshman Year,” which also included actors such as Steve Talley, Linden Ashby, and Kurt Fuller. From 2010 to 2015, he was involved in a variety of films and TV series, including “Awkward,” “Fred: The Show,” “Hit the Floor,” “Supergirl,” and films like “Elevator Girl,” “Pawn,” “Anything Is Possible,” and “A Christmas Kiss II.”

Bennett’s roles expanded beyond comedies and melodramas over time. He undertook one of his first dramatic roles in the military film “Memorial Day” in 2012. The following year, he appeared in the psychological thriller “The Secret Village.” In 2016, he starred in the lead role in the critically acclaimed thriller “Submerged,” directed by Steven C. Miller.

Jonathan Bennett has also been a regular presence on television shows. He competed on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014, partnered with Allison Holker, and hosted the cooking show “Cake Wars” from 2015 to 2017. In 2018, he co-authored the cookbook “The Burn Cookbook” with chef and TV host Nikki Martin. In 2019, he appeared on “Celebrity Big Brother” and “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club.”

Besides acting, Bennett has experience as a producer. He co-produced the musical “Say Cheese, Elohim” in 2002 and later served as executive producer on several other projects, with his latest being the melodrama “Wedding of a Lifetime,” released in 2022. He also occasionally models for well-known brands.

Jonathan David Bennett Movies and TV Shows

  • 2018–...

    Station 19

    Michael Williams

  • 2015–2021

    Supergirl (episode “Stand and Deliver”)


  • 2011–2016



  • 2009

    Van Wilder: Freshman Year

    Van Wilder

  • 2005

    Cheaper by the Dozen 2

    Bud McNulty

  • 2005

    Love Wrecked

    Ryan Howell

  • 2004–2019

    Veronica Mars

    Casey Gant

  • 2004

    Mean Girls

    Aaron Samuels

  • 2001–2011

    Smallville (episode “Blank”)

    Kevin Grady

  • 1999–...

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (episodes “Deception” and “Vulnerable”)

    Kyle Fuller


Jonathan Bennett on Dancing with the Stars

Jonathan Bennett’s personal life and family

Jonathan Bennett once dated actor Matt Dallas. In 2016, Bennett encountered TV host Jaymes Vaughan, and the two began a relationship shortly thereafter. In 2020, Vaughan composed a song for Bennett and proposed to him, handling all the preparations while Bennett was occupied with film projects. The pair were married in Mexico in early 2022.

Jonathan Bennett actively participates in political initiatives, including the “Speak Out” movement, which focuses on educating young people about their political rights and encouraging them to vote. He and his husband are frequent attendees at social gatherings and actively support community parades. Bennett is also prolific on social media, boasting around 1 million followers.


Jonathan Bennett in Ariana Grande’ Thank U, Next music video

Talk Shows

  • 2019

    Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club

    Role: Guest

  • 2018–2021

    Entertainment Tonight

    Role: Guest

  • 2015–2017

    Cake Wars

    Role: Host

  • 2014–2021

    Home and Family

    Role: Guest

  • 2014

    Dancing with the Stars

    Role: Guest

  • 2014

    Good Morning America

    Role: Guest

  • 2009

    Up Close with Carrie Keagan

    Role: Guest

  • 2007

    E! True Hollywood Story

    Role: Guest

  • 2004

    The Sharon Osbourne Show

    Role: Guest


Jonathan Bennett and Ariana Grande


A younger Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett now

Jonathan Bennett has participated in over 100 various projects and TV series, many receiving favorable critiques from film reviewers. He remains active in the industry as both an actor and a producer. Among his latest anticipated works is the thriller “And the Snow Falls,” which premiered globally in January 2023. Several additional projects with Bennett in leading roles are currently in post-production.

Published: April 18, 2024
Updated: June 24, 2024