Baldoni played soccer and ran track in high school, and was a radio disc jockey at a local top 40 radio station. Unfortunately, his hopes of playing professional sports were foiled when he tore his hamstring during his senior year. Even with his injury, Baldoni was offered a place on the Long Beach State track team his freshman year at California State University. However, he was not able to fully rehabilitate his hamstring in time, and Baldoni left Long Beach for Los Angeles. While moving into a new apartment building, Baldoni met a manager who advised him to pursue a career in acting.
He is an Instagram celebrity with 1.3 M followers with his bio reading, "Dad. Husband. Bahai. On a journey to explore masculinity."
His posts are all about his work, wife, kids and parents. Here are the best ones -
#marriagegoals = When you marry your best friend and build a "fortress for well being". Look, let's get real for a second. This world is tough. There's nothing about life that's designed to be simple and easy and that's why the most rewarding things come from situations that foster growth. A perfect example of that is marriage. Marriage isn't easy, it takes a lot of work and a conscious choice to go deep and accept and CHOOSE to wake up every day and love your partner. Love is not something that just shows up one day and stays by itself. It takes a real work, that real work is also what makes it meaningful. So with that- if you're married or are in a relationship or just have a best friend who knows you inside and out and still chooses to love the shit out of you - even when you aren't loving yourself. Call them or text them now and tell them you love them. Tag them. Spread that love. Don't let another moment go by without them knowing. Thank them for being your mirror and helping you grow because at the end of the day that's what life is all about. So with that… happy #nationalbestfrienddayand thank you to my best friend and "help mate" @emilybaldoni - I love the shit out of you.#dearmaiya One day you will understand just how lucky you are to have this incredible woman as your mother. She blows me away every day, with her love, kindness, thoughtfulness and dedication to creating a space that will allow you to grow into the woman we know you are destined to become. Your papa is so grateful that the Angels convinced her to choose him. Love, Daddy.
Look, let's get real for a second. This world is tough. There's nothing about life that's designed to be simple and easy and that's why the most rewarding things come from situations that foster growth. A perfect example of that is marriage. Marriage isn't easy, it takes a lot of work and a conscious choice to go deep and accept and CHOOSE to wake up every day and love your partner. The #bahai writings taught me that marriage is about building "a fortress for well being and salvation". And what is a fortress? It's a protection from the world. Love is not something that just shows up one day and stays by itself. It takes real work, but that real work is also what makes it meaningful. So with that- if you're married or are in a relationship or just have a best friend who knows you inside and out and still chooses to love the shit out of you - even when you aren't loving yourself, call them or text them now and tell them you love them. Tag them. Spread that love. Don't let another moment go by without them knowing. Thank them for being your mirror and helping you grow because at the end of the day that's what life is all about.” -#marriage#redefiningmasculinity#newagegents Shoutout to @newagegents for making this photo!
This photo is too magical to not get its own post. Pure joy.
Emily took this in Whole Foods. It's now one of my favorite photos ever of me and my dad. Two men, standing together in silence, forever bonded by an unconditional love for both each other and this brand new, raw and pure soul who we would both go to the ends of the earth for. I can only imagine how many times I did this when I was her age. My dad taught me so much about what it means to be a man, but this post is about one thing and one thing only. Being comfortable in the uncomfortable. Something I grew up watching him do with me over and over again. There are no perfect parents, but one thing my dad taught me is to not parent based on what anyone else thinks. My dad always let me feel what I needed to feel, even if it was in public and embarrassing. I don't remember him ever saying "You're embarrassing me!" or "Dont cry!" It wasn't until recently that I realized how paramount that was for my own emotional development. Our children are learning and processing so much information and they don't know what to do with all of these new feelings that come up. I try to remember to make sure my daughter knows it's OK that she feels deeply. It's not embarrassing to me when she throw tantrums in the grocery store, or screams on a plane. I'm her dad…not yours. Let's not be embarrassed for our children. It doesn't reflect on you. In fact.. we should probably be a little more kind and patient with ourselves too. If we got out everything we were feeling and allowed ourselves to throw tantrums and cry when we felt the need to then maybe we'd could also let ourselves feel more joy and happiness. And that is something this world could definitely use a little more of. #fathersday#redefinemasculinity#daddy#dearmaiya
justinbaldoni@emilybaldoni and I are building our first home together. To be honest...my life right now kinda feels a little like this house. Open, raw, vulnerable and under construction. Today we walked over to just sit in the house and dream a bit. We said some prayers, thanked God, and promised to use it as a home of love and service where all will be welcomed. Then Emily walked away and stood in the middle of the house where our dining room will be, and started praying. She then gave our house Reiki. God I love my wife. Life can be hard. Love is never easy. But man... life with her is really beautiful. Now looking back at this picture I realize that if my life looks anything like this house- I couldn’t be more blessed as I really don’t need this to be happy. Home is where the heart is, where she and my kids are... where God is. And this house and the life we are building together is being built on the most important foundation in existence... Love. And because it’s built on love...it makes it a fortress. Happy 2018 everyone. Let’s build a beautiful year together. Let’s build it with love.Dear Maxwell, As your daddy goes on this journey to explore his own masculinity and what it means to be a man. As he interviews experts, survivors, talks deeply with the other men in his life, and sits with the women around him...he’s realized there is one thing he wants you to learn and develop more than anything. One thing that could be your super power that would give you the strength to truly make a difference in our world. One thing (of many) that your daddy has not been good at and continually failed at over the course of his life. One thing that could solve so many (if not ALL) of the worlds problems. And one thing he is working on and trying his best his best to improve because for so long he THOUGHT he was doing it but really wasn’t. That one thing is to LISTEN. Really listen. Listen so much that you can actually HEAR. Because if we don’t listen than there is no space to hear. And if we don’t hear then there can be no growth. And without growth...life becomes meaningless. So listen to the women in your life. Listen to your mother, your sister, your nana. Listen to your guy friends, your bullies and the strangers you meet everyday. Listen to those who can’t speak. Listen even when it hurts. Just listen. And then let your actions be your response. I love you my son. I can’t wait to see who you grow up to be. Daddy #dearmaxwell#dearson#listen#ManEnough
@prince_ea drops some serious knowledge in our new show #ManEnough@wearemanenough made possible by my good friends at @harrys Tag a man in your life who gets it. Join the conversation and watch the first two episodes now at WeAreManEnough.com (Link in bio) #harrys
Just 4 days away from the premiere of my new show @wearemanenough exploring masculinity and what it means to be a man today!! (Link in bio) Tag a man in your life who is #ManEnough to listen. Thanks for making this pic @huffpost. I am. You are. WE are #ManEnough.
I feel like this photo says it all. There is so much I want to say about the women in my life but I found myself feeling a little stuck. I don’t want to post something just because it’s a certain day, although I do have to say it’s been incredible to see so many men around the world posting amazing things and honoring the women in their lives. So instead- in the caption under this insane photo of @emilybaldoni that exudes so much feminine beauty, strength and power - I just want to say this. I hope that my actions (on every other day that isn’t #internationalwomensday ) will make the women in my life feel loved, respected and heard. And if and when I fail, I promise to listen, and do everything in my power to show up, take responsibility and try to be better. As a man whose been blessed with privilege ...that’s the least I can do. #dearmaiya#dearmaxwell#dearemily#femininepower (Photo by @tjmanou)
“Most importantly love like it's the only thing you know how at the end of the day all this means nothing this page where you're sitting your degree your job the money nothing even matters except love and human connection who you loved and how deeply you loved them how you touched the people around you and how much you gave them” ― @rupikaur_ Milk and Honey
In 2012, Baldoni created the most watched digital documentary series in history, My Last Days, a show about living told by the dying. The second season of My Last Days aired on CW and third season will be released in winter of 2018. On the heels of that success Baldoni founded Wayfarer Entertainment, a digital media studio focused on disruptive inspiration.
When he turned 30, Baldoni started spending his birthdays with friends volunteering and feeding the homeless. More friends started joining and the event grew and in 2014 he started the annual Carnival of Love with a mission to improve the way the Los Angeles community views and interacts those experiencing homelessness.
The Carnival of Love has grown by huge numbers and in 2017 had over 2,000 volunteers. To support his work on Skid Row he started the Wayfarer Foundation, which supports his work breaking the cycle of homelessness and supporting individuals facing terminal illness.
In 2014, Baldoni started playing Rafael Solano in the CW show Jane the Virgin and in May 2016 he launched a time-lapse video app for pregnant women and new moms called Belly Bump.
In July 2017, Variety announced that Baldoni was developing a male talk show through his media company Wayfarer Entertainment. The show is described as a disruptive panel series that explores what it means to be a man today. The show entitled Man Enough includes prominent men like Matt McGorry and Javier Muñoz. In August 2017, TED announced Baldoni would be a speaker at the annual TEDWomen Conference.
Baldoni is scheduled to direct and produce an untitled "young adult tearjerker" for CBS Films based on an original script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. He is also scheduled to direct and produce a film on the life of Zach Sobiech with Warner Brothers.
On November 2, 2017, Baldoni spoke at the 2017 TEDWomen Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The TEDTalk video of the speech was released on December 4th, 2017.
In his talk, Baldoni discussed his struggle trying to fit into societies' expectations of being a man. The speech discussed how he plans to ignite the dialogue regarding men and masculinity. Baldoni discusses how his childhood has affected the man he has become and how he is trying to be a better person by redefining masculinity.
After over a year of dating, Baldoni married Swedish actress Emily Baldoni (née Foxler) in July 2013 in Corona, California. They have a daughter, Maiya Grace Baldoni, born on June 27, 2015 and a son Maxwell Roland-Samuel Baldoni, born on October 18, 2017.
He proposed to his then-girlfriend in a planned set up and subsequently uploaded the video footage on Youtube that received 11,855,034 views!
6 FT 1 IN
Justin is best known for playing "Rafael" on CW's Award-winning phenomenon Jane the Virgin.
In 2012, Justin created the most watched digital documentary series in history "My Last Days", which has gone on to help raise over 1m for various families and charities, and has directed documentaries, commercials, music videos, and films through his compassion-fueled production company, Wayfarer Entertainment. Founded in 2013 Justin believed that his work should be a form of service for the betterment of the world and through this vision Wayfarer was born.
Justin is also active in the tech community. In 2013, he co-founded SHOUT, an app focused on positively changing the way we interact online and in Q3 of 2016 he will be launching a new app for pregnant women and new moms called Belly Bump.
He believes that giving back to the community isn't a choice but a responsibility and travels the country speaking to youth and companies on how to make work and personal life a form of service.
Justin also started the 1st annual carnival for the homeless on Skid Row which in its 2nd year had nearly 1000 volunteers serving more than 2000 homeless. He has plans to take the carnival around the country.