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Jake McLaugh­lin went from be­ing an ac­tual sol­dier in Bagh­dad to play­ing exMarine Ryan Booth on FBI-themed TV show Quan­tico (2015-cur­rent). And says the 33-year-old, “It helps me in my role be­cause I bring some le­git­i­macy to my char­ac­ter and I know more about the emo­tional as­pect of him too.”

Jake joined the army in 2002 and 1

served for four years in dif­fer­ent sta­tions around Iraq. He was dis­charged in 2006 af­ter a grenade ex­plo­sion left him with se­ri­ous back in­juries. He went home and worked in con­struc­tion.

Af­ter hear­ing about an au­di­tion 2

for a sol­dier in 2006, Jake tried out for the role of Spe­cial­ist Gor­don Bon­ner in 2007 drama film In The Valley Of Elah – he’d never acted be­fore and thought “I’m gonna give this a shot and see what hap­pens,” says Jake, who won the part.

It wasn’t his first taste of Holly3

wood though: be­fore join­ing the army, Jake was a se­cu­rity guard at Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios in LA. Plus, his un­cle Kevin Gregg is a short-film pro­ducer and was in­volved with movies like Shake­speare’s Dead (2006) and Tea Ball (2010).

If you’re won­der­ing, Jake does his 4

own stunts and knows how to take a knock. “If I feel like I can’t do some­thing or don’t want to do it, then I will tell them that it won’t hap­pen,” says Jake. “But that doesn’t hap­pen a lot.”

His shirt­less scenes have won him 5

loads of fans, but Jake’s off the mar­ket. He mar­ried housewife Stephanie McLaugh­lin in 2004 and they have two kids to­gether: son Lo­gan (10) and daugh­ter Rea­gan (2). Stephanie has a 13-year-old daugh­ter.

Jake un­winds with Ja­panese films, 6

like Akira Kuro­sawa’s 1958 movie The Hid­den Fortress and 2000 post­hu­mous film Af­ter The Rain.

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