With his dashing looks and undeniable acting prowess, Matthew Daddario has become one of the younger actors to take note of in an industry filled with so much talent. Having already featured in a few projects, the actor is best known for his depiction of the character of Alec Lightwood in the Ed Decter-developed Freeform television series, Shadowhunters.
As anyone who has attempted to make a name for themselves in Hollywood would say, it is not an easy feat to attain relevance in Tinseltown. Daddario has, however, managed to do so by bagging a couple of Teen Choice Awards. It further helped that he had the guidance of a family member who is also doing big things on the screen. Find out who this person is as well as a few other facts about him than what meets the eye.
Matthew Daddario’s Fact Sheet
Early Life and Education
Matthew Quincy Daddario was welcomed to the world on October 1, 1987, in New York City, New York. He comes from a family that has Italian, Slovak, Hungarian, English, and Irish ancestry. Now fully identifying as Americans, the family has contributed their fair quota to the preservation of law and order in America.
Daddario is the son of lawyer Christina Daddario and her husband Richard Daddario, a lawyer and former head of NYPD Counterterrorism. His grandfather is further noted to be politician Emilio Q. Daddario who served as a representative to the United States House of Representatives for the state of Connecticut for 12 years (1959-1971).
Coming from a family of high social status, Matthew Daddario was enrolled at the oldest school in the United States, the Collegiate School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He subsequently went on to study for a degree in Economics at Indiana University Bloomington, graduating in 2010.
Why He Decided To Become An Actor
Matthew Daddario knew he was not cut out for a nine to five job and was more enthusiastic about becoming an actor after leaving school. According to him, if he had not delved into acting, he would have become a farmer due to his love for animals.
In 2012, Daddario made his acting debut in the movie, The Debut where he played the role of Peter Hamble. The movie performed badly in the box office and as such didn’t contribute to the betterment of his career. The following year, he was cast to play the role of Aaron in the romantic drama, Breathe In. His impressive performance in the film went a long way in helping him score another role, this time in the Ken Scott-directed comedy film, Delivery Man where he portrayed the character of Channing.
Upon the release of Delivery Man, Matthew Daddario was praised greatly by movie critics and fans alike for his impeccable depiction of a gay man despite being straight in real life. With all the hype that was now created around his ability in front of the camera, he landed what turned out to be his breakthrough role in Shadowhunter where he played the very handsome, caring, and not so fashionable gay character of Alec Lightwood.
Shadowhunters began airing in January 2016 and soon became a fan favorite in less than no time, pushing Daddario to a new level of stardom. For his brilliance on the show, he was awarded the Teen Choice Award for Break-Out Star.
What Is Matthew Daddario’s Relationship With Alexandra Daddario?
As you might be able to tell by just looking at them, or identifying the similarities in their last name, Matthew and Alexandra Daddario are indeed related. The pair are siblings, with Matthew being the younger brother of the stunning actress who is held in high repute for her role as Annabeth Chase in the Percy Jackson film series. Besides Alexandra, Matthew also has another sister named Catherine.
Unlike her brother who attended and graduated from college before launching his acting career, Alexandra did not wait to graduate before doing what she loved. She attended Marymount Manhattan College before dropping out to pursue acting full-time. She had before that launched her career in 2002 and has since gone ahead to appear in a variety of projects that includes series and films like All My Children (2002-2003), White Collar (2009-2011), Parenthood (2011-2012), Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) and Baywatch (2017) among many others.
What We Know About His Love Life
Matthew Daddario has over the years been linked with quite a few people in Hollywood. None of those reported relationships, however, were true or managed to stand the test of time as the actor has only admitted to having had his eyes for Russian beauty Esther Kim.
The couple, who got married in 2017, met a few years before that in 2013 and have enjoyed a long and blissful relationship. A quick look at their Instagram accounts will reveal their immense love for each other as they often share photos of them enjoying the best things that life has to offer.
But while information about Daddario is in the public domain, not much is known about Esther Kim other than that she is very popular on social media with over 100k followers on Instagram. She was born on November 2, 1989, and has one younger brother named Nathan while her parents are named Anna and Vlad Kim.