Kendall Schmidt stars as Kendall, the lead singer of the new “princes of pop” pop group who convinces his music manager that he can’t be successful without his best buds by his side – and part of the group, in the new Nickelodeon live-action comedy Big Time Rush.
Born in Wichita, Kan., on November 2, 1990, and raised in nearby Andover, Schmidt is the youngest of three brothers who all caught the acting bug. After watching his two brothers, Kenneth and Kevin, travel back and forth to Los Angeles, Schmidt decided he wanted to be an actor as well. While it started out as something fun to do, he quickly became passionate about pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. “My first acting memory is starring in a Chex commercial with my brothers. Even though we went to the audition separately, we were cast to play brothers,” Schmidt recalls. “This happened to us several different times!”
When he was 10 years old, his family finally made the move from Kansas to California. Schmidt soon landed recurring roles on General Hospital, Titus, Raising Dad, Gilmore Girls and CSI: Miami. He guest starred on a variety of TV shows, including ER, Mad TV, Frasier and Phil of the Future. Most recently, Schmidt guest starred on Without a Trace and Ghost Whisperer. On the big screen, he has appeared in Minority Report and Spencer the Movie.
Schmidt also found another love – making music. Within the last three years, he has learned to play guitar and has honed his singing skills from singing in the car with his mom to recording in the studio. Inspired by Incubus, his all-time favorite band, and Taking Back Sunday, Schmidt has begun writing his own music. Another source of inspiration is his family. “My whole family has given me the drive to succeed,” he said. “My brothers mean the world to me – they keep me grounded and offer a different perspective when I need advice.”
What drew Schmidt to this role was the music aspect. “Acting comes naturally to me but I think I am best at music,” said Schmidt. “If I could combine both loves, then I am successful.” Schmidt identifies with his character, who suddenly finds himself thrust into the limelight, trying to get a handle on being a part of a pop group. Kendall’s attitude is to enjoy the ride – and Schmidt plans on following the same advice.
When he is not focusing on his music and acting, Kendall likes hanging out with his friends or being outdoors, whether it’s to rock climb, surf or skateboard. Schmidt lives in Los Angeles with his two dogs, pig, cat, bird, tortoise and python.