BellusMagazine.com — From an outspoken Brooklyn Dodgers player, to a loyal, right hand man for a career criminal, to an enraged student watching a species he detests infiltrate his school, Jesse Luken has brought to life characters in film and television that have put him on the map as “one to watch” in 2014. Luken can currently be seen on two series, FX’s hit show “Justified,” and the CW’s brand new series “Star-Crossed.” On “Justified,” [currently airing season 5] Luken plays ‘Jimmy Tolan,’ the fiercely loyal, southern, right hand man to Harlan crime boss and anti-hero Boyd Crowder [played by Walter Goggins]. In February 2014, Luken can also be seen recurring as ‘Eric,’ a human high school student who is vehemently against the integration of aliens in his town and school, on “Star-Crossed” for the CW. On the film front, Luken was recently seen as ‘Drew’ in the high octane thriller THE GUEST [directed by Adam Wingard], which competed at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Born in Denver and raised in Colorado Springs, Luken grew up in the world of sports, playing baseball, football, basketball, and running track. He had an equal passion for education, attending Louisiana State University and graduating from Colorado State University with two degrees; a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and International Relations. While in college Luken also discovered a love for the arts and ended up on a theater scholarship. When he wasn’t in the lab, he was perfecting his craft on stage. After graduation, despite his lifelong love of biology he decided to pursue acting full time and made the bold move to relocate to Los Angeles, without knowing a single soul in the city. Luken worked as a waiter, caterer, and landscaper as he chased his dream.