Monroe Jackson Rathbone V[2][3] (born December 21, 1984) is a Singaporean-born American actor and musician known for his role as Jasper Hale in the Twilight film series.

 

 

Early life

Rathbone was born in Singapore, the son of American parents Randee Lynn (née Brauner) and Monroe Jackson Rathbone IV.[6][7] His great-grandfather, Monroe Jackson Rathbone II, was the chairman of Standard Oil of New Jersey, which later became Exxon;[7] Rathbone is distantly related to Civil War general Stonewall Jackson and British actor Basil Rathbone.[8] Because of his father's job at Mobil Oil, Rathbone has lived in places ranging from Indonesia to Midland, Texas.[9] He attended Trinity School of Midland, a college preparatory school, and started out in local theater in Midland with the youth actors program "The Pickwick Players", initially doing musical theatre.[10] For his junior and senior years of high school, Rathbone attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, a private school for the arts in Michigan, where he majored in acting.[9][10] After graduation, he had planned to go to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, but went instead to Los Angeles to experiment with film acting.[9]

Career

 

After being in Los Angeles for a short time, Rathbone was cast in Disney 411, where he interviewed up-and-coming personalities like Hilary Duff and the sister duo Aly & AJ. He also had guest roles on The O.C. and Close to Home. His film roles include work in Molding Clay, Pray for Morning, and Travis and Henry. In 2005, he got the role of Nicholas Fiske in ABC Family's original series Beautiful People. In a 2008 interview, he stated it was his first leading role and was his most difficult role to fit into.[11] Rathbone also played a role in Criminal Minds as Adam and Amanda.

In 2008, he played Jasper Hale in the film Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer.[2] He reprised his role in the sequels to Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.[2][2] In 2009, Rathbone played Jeremy in S. Darko. In addition to that role, he won kudos for his performance as a serial killer on Criminal Minds. Rathbone played the role of Sokka in The Last Airbender, a 2010 film based on the animated series.[15]

Rathbone appeared in an episode of No Ordinary Family on November 9, 2010.[2][2] In November 2010, it was reported he had been cast in the Warner Premiere and Dolphin Entertainment action webseries Aim High alongside Aimee Teegarden.[2][2] The show in which he portrays Nick Green, a high school junior who's just starting a new school year as one of the country's 64 highly trained teenage operatives, premiered on October 18, 2011, on Facebook being the first "social series" ever created.[2]

In May 2011, Rathbone began shooting Live at the Foxes Den, a film in which he plays the lead role of lawyer Bobby Kelly.

In November 2014, Rathbone joined the cast of Pali Road.

Rathbone has a production company, PatchMo Entertainment, and a record company, Happy Jack Records.

Personal life

Rathbone enjoys music, writing, singing and producing.[9] He formerly performed in a band called 100 Monkeys with two friends whom he met in high school at Interlochen Arts Academy, Ben Graupner and Ben Johnson,[10] as well as close friends Jerad Anderson and M. Lawrence Abrams ("Uncle Larry").[2] The band released three albums in 2009.[3] In December 2009, 100 Monkeys began a 100-city tour that took them to nearly every state in the US by mid-2010.[24] The band continued to tour into 2011 to coincide with the release of their new album, Liquid Zoo, which was released in June.[3] The band headed overseas for their first international dates in winter 2011.[24]

Rathbone resides in Los Angeles.

Rathbone and his then girlfriend, Sheila Hafsadi, had a son, Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, on July 5, 2012.[3] Close friend and Twilight co-star Nikki Reed is the godmother. He and Hafsadi married on September 29, 2013.[26][3][3] On May 31, 2016, he and Hafsadi welcomed their second child, a daughter named Presley Bowie Rathbone.[3]

On September 18, 2014, Rathbone was on board JetBlue Flight 1416 en-route from Long Beach, California to Austin, Texas when its engine exploded. The plane returned to Long Beach and performed an emergency landing with all passengers surviving and four injuries.[3][3]

Philanthropy

Rathbone is an honorary board member for Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit that works to restore and revitalize music education in disadvantaged U.S. public schools. He has shown support for the organization in several ways, including donating a signed Twilight script for auction, visiting a Little Kids Rock classroom, and delivering instruments to students.

Filmography

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2005River's EndJimmy 
Close to HomeScott FieldsTV series
2006Pray for MorningConnor 
O.C., TheThe O.C.Justin EdwardsTV series, episodes: "The Sister Act" and "The Heavy Lifting"
Beautiful PeopleNicholas FiskeTV series
2007Valley of Light, TheThe Valley of LightTravis 
War at Home, TheThe War at HomeDylanTV series
Big StanRobbie the Hippie 
2008Senior Skip DaySnippy 
Cleaner, TheThe CleanerJoeyTV series, episode: "Back To One"
HurtConrad Coltrane 
Young AgainEthan 
TwilightJasper Hale 
2009DaZe: Vol. Too (sic) - NonSeNseJehosefat 
S. DarkoJeremy Frame 
DreadStephen Grace 
Criminal MindsAdam JacksonTV series, episode: "Conflicted"
Twilight Saga: New Moon, TheThe Twilight Saga: New MoonJasper Hale 
2010Last Airbender, TheThe Last AirbenderSokka 
Twilight Saga: Eclipse, TheThe Twilight Saga: EclipseJasper Hale 
No Ordinary FamilyTrentTV series, episode: "No Ordinary Visitors"
GirlfriendRuss 
2011Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1Jasper Hale 
Aim HighNick GreenWeb series (2011–2013), 16 episodes
2012Zombie HamletShakespeare Puristuncredited
Cowgirls n' AngelsJustin Wood 
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, TheThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2Jasper Hale 
2013White CollarNate OsbourneTV series, episode "Shoot The Moon"
NTSF:SD:SUV::Jesse JamesTV series, episode "The Great Train Stoppery"
The Magic BraceletGeoffShort film
Live at the Foxes DenBobby Kelly 
2015Finding CarterJared 
City of Dead MenJacob 
2016Pali RoadNeil Lang 
2017The Last ShipGiorgio 
Until We Meet AgainEddie Conway 
Horseshoe TheoryBobboShort film
2018Samson (2018 film)Rallah