Taj Cross is an actor and one of Gen-Z’s fast-rising stars with his performances as Gabe and Sam in Young Rock and Hulu’s, PEN15, respectively.
The former series retells the life of Dwayne ‘The Rock Johnson, from the actor’s formative years to being a global superstar. PEN15, on the other hand, is a Hulu cringe comedy streaming television series, from the creator, Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle, and Sam Zvibleman.
Cross’ awkwardness in Pen15 and as a sidekick character in Young Rock definitely add that extra fun to both shows. Know more about his life; how he made it into the acting, his personal life, and so on.
Taj Cross Mother Is A Designer
Cross was born on Feb 11, 2004. He is the son of Christina Karras, a stage artist, and an interior designer. He also has an elder sister, Cammy Cross.
The now 17-year-old actor, however, hasn’t mentioned who his father is.
Cross graduated high school in June 2019.
Taj Cross Was Originally In Musical Theater Class
Cross discovered his passion for acting when he was in fifth grade. He, though, at the time was all about sports. The future Young Rock star played three sports every day.
He was also in a bunch of leagues. In an interview, he disclosed he at the time he used to run so much that he once felt like his heel had crumbled into a million pieces. Eventually, some injuries led him to take a break from sports.
It was during these times, one of his friends took him to a musical theater class. Cross attended it and the teacher included him in all the exercises.
The teenage celebrity says he fell in love right away and after about two years he said to his mother that he wants to go into film.
So Far, He Has Acted In Two Shows
He made his acting debut in 2019 as Sam in the first episode of the HULU series, PEN15.
Taj had been auditioning for a while even before his first role as Sam in PEN15. In fact, before having his first TV appearance, the only things, he says he was doing, were self-tapes and auditions.
Cross also auditioned for the show Kidding. While talking to Celebrity Haute Spot, he said “After auditioning for about a year, I screen-tested for Jim Kerry’s son,” Will in the show Kidding. The role went to Cole Allen.
As mentioned, he’s also famous for Young Rock as Gabe. In the series, Cross acts alongside the main star, Stars Bradley Constant. Taj’s character, Gabe is Dwayne’s right-hand man during his high school.
He revealed when his manager and agent sent him the audition for the Young Rock, he looked at it and knew it was for the Rock, the Dwyane Johnson. After that, he immediately decided to go for it.
Christina’s son is yet to have his debut in the movie.
Does Taj Cross Have A Girlfriend?
From what it appears, the dark-haired teenage actor, Taj is hardly in any sort of romantic relationship. Or at least that’s what his activities on his social media insinuate.
Although the young thespian is occasionally seen hanging out with girls his age, none of them seems to have any sort of special bond with Cross.
However, there is one fellow teenager, a girl by the name Tali, with whom, Taz seemingly hangouts more than often, as per his Instagram handle. Further, the duo’s dynamic, for the outsiders, looks as if they are more than just some BFFs.
Still, the answer to who is his real girlfriend or if he even has one is only a matter of time.
Taj Says The Actor, Heath Ledger Is His Inspiration
When asked who or what has had the biggest influence on his career, Cross responded by saying,
“Definitely Heath Ledger.”
The PEN15 actor said what really inspired him was the first time he watched The Dark Knight with the late Australian actor playing the Joker. Taj also considers the Dune star Timothée Chalamet as one of his inspirations.
He Wished To Be In The Show, Breaking Bad
When telling more about himself, Cross also revealed how he became a fan of the AMC crime-drama series, Breaking Bad.
He also added ever since he finished watching the show, he wished he somehow could be in its universe. The brown-eyed star though admitted the chance of being that is quite impossible considering the series ended more than a decade ago.
As for a current show, he expressed his desire to be in The Mandalorian, of the Star Wars world. Cross confessed he is also a huge fan of the intergalactic action saga series.
- Taj Cross once binged every season of Gossip Girl in a week.
- Cross’ favorites include the movie, Ice Age, the book, I read Catcher in the Rye, the musical, Hamilton, the punk rock band, Surf Curse, and the rapper, MF Doom. He is also fond of the singers, Post Malone, Minnow, Mac Miller, Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky.
- He once said his dream role is someone who is the complete opposite of him.
- Being a Gen Z, he initially didn’t understand the innuendo behind the title PEN15.