Hailing from the Chicago area, Nico Tortorella is an actor and model with Italian roots. After some theater work in his teens, Tortorella began modeling, a pursuit that came in handy for one of his first screen roles as the exceedingly handsome Cole Shepherd on the short-lived 2009 TV series "The Beautiful Life", which focused on the privileged lives of both male and female models in New York City. He also portrayed the recurring character of Razor on the gymnastics-oriented show "Make It or Break It". Aside from these stepping-stone programs, Tortorella opted to stick to films, initially appearing in a small part in Joel Schumacher's urban drug drama "Twelve", starring Chace Crawford and Curtis Jackson, better known as the rapper 50 Cent. Eager to further his movie career, Tortorella had a big break when he was cast as Trevor Sheldon, one of the key characters in the horror sequel "Scream 4". The film found him working with fellow rising star Emma Roberts, who had also been featured in "Twelve". Although "Scream 4" wasn't the runaway hit that some had hoped for, the movie made Tortorella a much more familiar face to audiences, and he followed that production up with a supporting role in the thriller "Trespass", which reunited him with Schumacher.