Though his striking good looks may have made Jonathan Bennett an object of affection for the “plastics” in Mean Girls, his talent and commitment are what have led them to his becoming one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. Diversifying his talent, he released a best-selling Mean Girls parody Burn Cookbook, became a fan favorite on “Dancing with the Stars,” “Celebrity Big Brother” and also demonstrated his hosting skills on MTV’s competition series “Copycat,” which helped pave the way to his latest turn as host of Food Network’s assortment of “Cake Wars” specials inclusive of ratings powerhouse “Halloween Wars” and “Holiday Wars,” official host of Times Square’s New Year’s Eve Countdown, as well as his role with NBC’s Winter Olympic coverage. Additionally, he remained a part of the Viacom family with recurring arcs on VH1’s “Hit the Floor” and MTV’s “Awkward.” More recently, he enjoyed an arc on Shondaland’s “Station 19,” filmed the original telefilm, “Harvest of the Heart,” which was one of the first vehicles to film amidst the pandemic. He starred in the indie feature, Potato Dreams of America, which premiered at SXSW and opens theatrically on January 14th, as well as in the Hallmark Channel movie, “The Christmas House,” for which he reprises his role in the anticipated sequel, “The Christmas House: Deck Those Halls.” Next on the horizon, he’ll host iHeart’s PrideCast Podcast.
Bennett’s first foray into a studio film was, in fact, Paramount’s smash hit Mean Girls from producer Lorne Michaels and writer Tina Fey in which he starred opposite Lindsay Lohan. In the romantic comedy Lovewrecked, Bennett transitioned into the love interest of Amanda Bynes. He has since starred as Bo Duke in Warner Bros. prequel to The Dukes of Hazzard, the comedy romp Bachelor Party Vegas, as the title role of National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year, in FOX’s sequel to the hit comedy, Cheaper By The Dozen, as Steve Martin’s antagonistic son-in-law and reunites with co-star Hilary Duff for The Haunting Of Sharon Tate. He also starred in Hallmark’s original Holiday film, “Christmas Made To Order.”
Bennett executive produced and starred in the film Authors Anonymous opposite Kaley Cuoco. He continued to wear his producing hat as well as carry a supporting role in feature Pawn with Ray Liotta and Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker, starred in IFC Films’ dramatic thriller Submerged, the comedy Do Over, the crime thriller Paid In Full, the indie drama Do You Take This Man opposite Anthony Rapp, and the Hallmark Channel original “Love At First Glance” opposite Amy Smart and Adrian Grenier.
He previously reunited with Mean Girls co-star Lacey Chabert in the Hallmark Channel movie “Elevator Girl,” starred in the indie comedy The Assistants, Slightly Single In L.A, the drama Memorial Day with James Cromwell, the thriller Cats Dancing On Jupiter, the romantic comedy Divorce Invitation opposite Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and lead role in Lifetime’s “Holiday High School Reunion.”
Outside of the occasional guest star role on the likes of “Supergirl,” “Deception,” “Cane,” Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order: SVU,” David E. Kelley’s “Boston Public,” “Smallville” and “Veronica Mars,” Bennett’s first and only foray into series television was on the Emmy Award-winning “All My Children” after less than a month of having moved from his native Ohio to New York City. Bennett currently resides in Los Angeles where he continues to hone his craft.