Jay Hernandez was born to Mexican-American parents Isis and Javier Hernandez Sr. he grew up in Montebello, California. He is third in order amongst his siblings followed by a young sister named Amelia. While Jay was young, he went Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead; later on, he switched to Schurr High School during his senior year in the place where he grew up.
While taking the elevator in a skyscraper of Los Angeles, he came across Howard Tyner, who was a talent scout manager. Tyner advised Jay that he’s got talent and can thrive in Hollywood. He signed him up to an acting school and sent his portfolios to various casting scouts across Hollywood. He got his first breakthrough with the NBC TV series known as Hang Time, where he got the role of Antonio Lopez, the show ran on TV from 1998 till 2000.
In 1999, he was seen in a cameo role on TV series USA High. After his impressive works in TV shows he made his Hollywood debut with Living The Life, he impressed with his on-screen presence as well as with his Mexican charisma. Since then, his career has gone forward without looking back, he has featured in many TV shows as well in movies.
He has given some superb performances with the likes of Crazy/Beautiful, Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power, Hostel and World Trade Center. He has mostly appeared in action thrillers; he has managed to work in TV series along with his commitment to his film projects. This year he was seen playing the roles of Sergeant Reyes and Dean in Max and The Night is Young respectively.
Currently, he is working on the sets of
Suicide Squad playing the role of El Diablo/Chato Santana. He has been successfully married to his co-star from Hang Time, Danielle Deutscher.