Young actor Jackson Rathbone had his heart set on a future in classical theater and was headed for the Royal Scottish Academy when he signed with Pat Cutler at Cutler Management while giving L.A. and the film industry a try for the summer.
He soon landed a recurring role on DISNEY 411 interviewing Disney Channel stars, such as Hillary Duff and Raven Baxter. When the fall came, Cutler persuaded Rathbone to stay in LA and pursue a film career rather than attend The Royal Scottish Academy. Taking her advice, he settled in for the long haul and booked several commercials right off the bat as well as substantial roles in TV including CLOSE TO HOME, an MOW for Hallmark, THE O.C., and THE WAR AT HOME, a pilot where he played Sherry Stringer's son. Rathbone was also cast in several independent films, including a part in the feature MOLDING CLAY, and a role in PRAY FOR MORNING, an independent thriller from writer-director Cartney Wearn. From there, he landed a series regular role in "Beautiful People" for ABC Family. Rathbone was chosen by Girl's' Life Magazine as "The Hottie" and has also been featured in Popstar and ELLEgirl.
Born in Singapore, Rathbone was lucky to live in various places around the world because of his father's job. The family then moved to Indonesia, and lived in London, Connecticut, California, Norway, and finally settled in Texas, where Rathbone joined The Pickwick Players, the youth actors program at the local community theatre.
In addition to many extra-curricular activities, including basketball, track, soccer, baseball, and, the official pastime of Texas, football, Rathbone, a passionate musician, also started a band and a mobile DJ business. However, he decided to focus on what made him the happiest, and enrolled in the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy as a high school theatre major where he flourished in Shakespeare. He performed in the Southwest Shakespeare Festival as Ferdinand in The Tempest.
In his off-time, Rathbone writes music. He's performed at small open-mic nights and recently booked a gig at The Gardenia in Hollywood. Rathbone is also a dedicated film buff, and includes Kurasowa's Seven Samurai, Jarmusch's Dead Man, and Lars Von Trier's documentary on directing,The Five Obstructions among his favorites. As a music lover, he is into many different styles of music from Blues to alternative rock.
Rathbone has recently formed a production company with his manager where he hopes to find interesting projects and eventually, one day, even direct.