The Actor Who Plays Mayans MC's EZ Had a Role in One of Your Favorite Teen Movies

The Sons of Anarchy spinoff, Mayans MC, is getting plenty of buzz, and you might be wondering why JD Pardo, who plays Ezekiel "EZ" Reyes, looks a bit familiar. He's not a household name quite yet, but if you're a fan of a few not-so-popular fantasy or sci-fi titles or of a very popular Hulu teen show, that might be why he has a face you recognize.

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If you grew up slightly obsessed with A Cinderella Story — and, be honest, who didn't? — you most definitely came across Pardo in one of his earliest roles. He played Ryan, one of Austin's (Chad Michael Murray) jock friends. After that, Pardo popped up in a slew of other teen-oriented projects during the mid 2000s. He had guest spots on Veronica Mars and The OC and a two-episode arc on the revived 90210 in 2010.

It wasn't all small roles on soapy teen series, though. In 2006, he played the title role in Lifetime's original movie A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story, which dramatized the real life and murder of Gwen Araujo, a young transgender woman who was murdered after her trans status was discovered. Continuing in the crime-drama genre, Pardo later had guest roles on not one but two of the CSI shows: CSI: Miami in 2006 and CSI: NY in 2011.

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Starting in 2012, Pardo landed the bigger roles you probably know him best for. He was cast as half-vampire Nahuel in Breaking Dawn: Part 2, the finale of the Twilight saga. Later that year, Pardo got his first series-regular role on NBC's postapocalyptic drama Revolution, on which he played Jason, the conflicted son of a militia ruler. The show lasted for two seasons before being canceled in May 2014.

Following Revolution's cancellation, Pardo took on another sci-fi role in The CW's The Messengers, but that too was canceled pretty quickly. That's when he nabbed a leading role as Jesus on Hulu's original series East Los High, which garnered a loyal fan base until its finale in 2017 and made Pardo a recognizable name.

The actor has played his share of conflicted yet sympathetic characters, something his fans from Mayans MC will have no trouble believing.