Jon Kortajarena is a Spanish actor and model. After being scouted in 2003 by a talent scout, Jon's career took off, and soon, he became one of the most famous models in the world.
Using his career as a model to serve as a stepping stone to fuel his acting career, Jon has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, most recent of which is his acclaimed role as Nicolás Vázquez in the Spanish web-series, High Seas.
In celebration of the announcement of High Seas returning for a third season, we take a look at some lesser-known facts about the model-turned-actor.
Jon was born in Bilbao, Biscay, Basque Country, Spain. He can speak fluent Basque and Spanish. After traveling to New York to pursue his modeling career, he learned to speak English.
Jon has been very forthcoming about his sexuality. The 35-year-old model is openly gay.
Jon was only 17 and vacationing in Barcelona when a talent scout implored him to try his hand at modeling.
He took the advice to heart and appeared in his first professional gig at the Madrid Fashion Week for Roberto Verino. His career took off in a big way, and what was supposed to be a temporary gig became a career for Jon.
Jon took to modeling as a fish takes to water. His magnetic good-looks, his camera presence, and his charisma lent to him being consistently ranked in the list for the top male models in the world.
He bagged the #8 spot on Forbes' list of The World's 10 Most Successful Male Models on June 26, 2009.
The German version of GQ magazine also named Jon as the Model of the Year in November 2009.
He currently sits at the #4 spot on Model.com's Top 25 The Money Guys list.
Jon was the first male-model to have earned a 200-page featurette on the spring/summer 2008 issue of the French fashion and lifestyle magazine L'Officiel Hommes. The magazine was also graced with the title "200 Pages of Fashion with Jon Kortajarena".
He set the trail for other male models to follow, and after his groundbreaking accomplishment, other models have followed in his footsteps, including Andres Velencoso and Arthur Sales.
A bona fide male model, Jon has graced the runway modeling for such brands as Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Carolina Herrera, and Chanel among others.
After doing all there was to do in the world of fashion, Jon set his sights on his other passion: acting.
His success in the modeling world gave him the sway and the means to transition to acting, and he has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows.
His most notable role came as part of the Spanish mystery-drama series, High Seas. He plays the lead role as the suave officer Nicolás Vázquez in the Eloy Azorín, Alejandra Onieva, Ivana Baquero starrer series.