Nico Tortorella

Nico Tortorella (born July 30, 1988) is an American actor and model, who is known for roles in films including Scream 4, the Fox crime drama series The Following, and the TV Land comedy-drama series Younger.

Nico Tortorella
Born (1988-07-30) July 30, 1988 (age 31)
OccupationActor, Model
Years active2009–present

Life and careerEdit

Tortorella is a native of Wilmette, Illinois, and a graduate of New Trier High School. Tortorella is of Italian descent.[2] In May 2009, The CW ordered a 13-episode first season of the drama series The Beautiful Life: TBL.[3] The series centered on a group of models sharing a residence in New York City and Tortorella portrayed the role of an upcoming underwear model Cole Shepard. The series premiered on September 16, 2009 to mixed reviews from critics. The CW cancelled the series after its second episode due to low ratings.[4]

In June 2009, Tortorella was announced to star in the ABC Family teen drama television series Make It or Break It,[5] where they took the role of Razor, an aspiring singer. Tortorella temporarily left the series to pursue work on The Beautiful Life and after the series' cancellation returned in a recurring role. In August 2010, Tortorella made a special guest appearance in the episode "If Only..." which was marked as their final appearance on the series. That year, Tortorella also had a small role in the Joel Schumacher film Twelve.[6]

In June 2010, Tortorella was announced to star in the horror film Scream 4 the fourth installment of the Scream film series.[7] Tortorella portrayed Trevor Sheldon, a Woodsboro teenager whose life is in danger when peers from their school begin to be killed off one by one.[8] Tortorella next appeared on the Fox serial killer drama The Following. The show was created by Kevin Williamson, who also wrote Scream 4. In 2014, Tortorella was cast as Josh, Sutton Foster's character Liza's younger lover in the TV Land comedy-drama Younger created by Darren Star.[9] Their first leading film role was in the 2015 independent film Hunter&Game in which they played hard-partying electronic musician Carson Lowe, which they described as a "role I was meant to play".[10] The film premiered at the LA Indie Film Fest in October 2014, where it won Best Feature and Best Director of a Feature Awards. The film had its East Coast premiere at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival in May 2015, where it won the Best Feature award.

In September 2016, Tortorella launched the podcast The Love Bomb on the At Will Radio podcast network.[11] On May 1, 2018, Tortorella and Matteo Lane were featured on a Nancy podcast.[12]

In April 2020 Tortorella competed in RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race, spin-off of the hit television reality show RuPaul's Drag Race, where they lost.

Tortorella is also the author of several books - all of it is you., a poetry collection published in April 2018, and Space Between, a memoir published in September 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Speaking to the New York Post's Page Six in June 2016, Tortorella declared themself sexually fluid,[13] and identified as bisexual in an October 2016 interview with Vulture.[14] In November 2017 Tortorella and Bethany C. Meyers (whom they had been dating for 11 years) talked about being in a polyamorous relationship, a revelation that got them uninvited from their respective families' Thanksgiving dinner.[15]

Tortorella civilly married Meyers on March 9, 2018, at a Manhattan City clerk's office before exchanging vows at St. Paul's Chapel.[16] Tortorella announced that they identify as genderfluid during a video collaboration with drag queen Trinity The Tuck.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 Twelve Tobias
2011 Scream 4 Trevor Sheldon
2011 Trespass Jake
2013 Odd Thomas Simon Varner
2014 Hunter&Game Carson Lowe
2019 Fluidity Matt


Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010 Make It or Break It Razor Recurring role; 8 episodes
2009 The Beautiful Life: TBL Cole Shepherd Main role; 5 episodes
2013 The Following Jacob Wells Main role (season 1); 15 episodes
2015 Eye Candy Detective Tommy Calligan Unaired original pilot
2015–present Younger Josh Main role; 56 episodes
2016 Mamma Dallas Jesse Television film
2017 Menendez: Blood Brothers Lyle Menendez Television film
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Themself Episode: "Tap That App"; also guest judge [18]
2018 Trailblazer Honors Television film
2018–present How Far Is Tattoo Far? Themself Host [19]
2019 Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club Themself Guest
2020–present The Walking Dead: World Beyond Felix Carlucci Main role
2020 RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race Themselves Competitor

Music videosEdit

Year Title Role Artist
2013 "Valentine's for One" Kissing Man Forklift Comedy


  1. ^ "@nicotortorella on Instagram: "just married. for real. @bethanycmeyers and i wrote a very special piece about our wedding and unconditional love exclusively for @them -…"". Instagram. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Wilmette's Nico Tortorella talks about his fate on 'The Following' - Chicago Sun-Times". Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  3. ^ Calabria, Rosario T. (May 19, 2009). "The CW Picks Up The Beautiful Life, Melrose Place and Vampire Diaries; But Passes on Gossip Girl Spinoff and Cancels Privileged and The Game [Update: Reaper and 'Chris' Also Canceled". Your Entertainment Now. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
  4. ^ Finke, Nikki (September 25, 2009). "First Fall TV Season Fatality: CW Cancels 'The Beautiful Life'". Deadline. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Fienberg, Daniel (August 24, 2009). "ABC Family stretches out Make It or Break It". Retrieved February 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "Nico Tortorella More Meat for the Beast in Scream 4". Dread Central. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  7. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (July 29, 2010). "'Scream 4' Stars Rory Culkin, Nico Tortorella On Working With Original 'Scream' Cast". MTV. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  8. ^ "Another Young Teen to Solve the Riddle of 'Scream IV'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
  9. ^ ""Younger," Darren Star's new single camera comedy to premiere Tuesday, January 13th at 10pm ET/PT on TV Land" (PDF) (Press release). TV Land. 2 October 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "Nico Tortorella and the Heart of Hunter&Game". Teeco71. November 11, 2015. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  11. ^ "The Love Bomb". At Will Radio. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  12. ^ "Nancy podcast episodes". NPR. 2018. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  13. ^ Greer, Carlos (June 21, 2016). "'Younger' star reveals they're sexually 'fluid'". New York Post. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  14. ^ Jung, E. Alex (October 30, 2016). "Nico Tortorella Wants to Be 'The Future Man'". Vulture. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  15. ^ "Nico Tortorella & Partner Aren't Welcome at Family's Holiday Celebrations As They're Polyamorous". Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  16. ^ Nast, Condé. "Inside Nico Tortorella and Bethany Meyers' Private, Epic Wedding". Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  17. ^ "American actor Nico Tortorella comes out as gender fluid". Gay Times. 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2018-05-19.
  18. ^ "Shania Twain, "Broad City" Stars And More Join The Judges' Panel On "Drag Race" Season 10 - NewNowNext". Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  19. ^ "How Far Is Tattoo Far? - Season 1 Episodes (TV Series)". Retrieved 28 December 2018.

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