Attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa.
He was discovered by a photographer at a "Dairy Queen" and he has worked for Calvin Klein, Versace, and Hugo Boss, and has become one of the elite models in male model industry.
Was a model before he became an actor.
His favorite musical artists include James Taylor, Milla Jovovich, Marvin Gaye, and the Indigo Girls.
His mother, Jan Gipple, is a veterinary technician. She and his father, Rob West, divorced in 1989.