Despite hailing from a humble background, Klattenhoff fought his way to the celebrity world and left a mark in the thriller series Homeland before moving to Blacklist. His appearance in 18 episodes between 2011 and 2013 during his time in Homeland exposed him to various showrunners and movie lovers.
If you have ever known this guy, we are here to reveal some information about him that he hardly shares with the public.
Diego Klattenhoff Bio: Age, Early Life, Family
Diego Klattenhoff was born in French River, Nova Scotia, Canada on 30 November 1979. His father is originally from Germany while the mother is of Irish/Whales descent.
The parents settled in Nova Scotia, a small community in a rural area before Diego was born. He was raised on the farm along with his two older brothers and two younger sisters. Along with his siblings, they helped on the farm which was the family’s main source of income.
When he was 19, he moved to Toronto to pursue his career in acting. Thanks to his supportive parents, he studied at theatre workshops and sometimes would work as a bartender to pay for the workshop.
Is Diego Klattenhoff Married Or He Is Gay?
Diego keeps a low profile on his relationship affairs. A lot of people have done research into his marital status in vain. For that reason, he is always misunderstood as a gay actor.
However, The Mean Girl actor is married with a kid and lives with his family in New York. The name of the wife and the kid are not in our database but once they are out we will update them.
Even though he has successfully hidden his romantic relationship, we may assume Klattenhoff is a lover boy from the way he handles his onscreen girlfriend Megan Boone in the series Blacklist. He seems to be very comfortable with the role and that could only mean he is used to such situations off screen.
Diego Klattenhoff Career Details
While in Toronto, he was blessed to meet with Bruce Clayton and David Rotenberg, some of the very best coaches whom he studied with. This offered him an opportunity to attend Professional Actors Lab in Toronto founded by David Rotenberg and Bruce Clayton. The institution has produced quite a number of professional artists including Patrick J. Adams from Suits, Ennis Esmer from Blindspot, and Diego himself, among others.
Given that he was not from a well off family, he desperately accepted any role that came his way. For that reason, he ended up playing a very diverse range of parts. This became helpful along the way. He is never synonymous with a specific role to date, and for that reason, stands a chance of landing several roles.
While still in the Professional Actor Lab he was tasked with Shane Oman, Rachel McAdams boyfriend role in the film Mean Girl. Although there were several teen movies being released at the time, Mean Girls gained a lot of viewers and that is how he kicked off his career.
Homeland: The Canadian actor had a few known credits by the time he joined Homeland and not many knew about him. His 25 episodes with Homeland highly boosted his CV. His Homeland success garnered attention from other networks and showrunners including Blacklist.
At Homeland, the actor revealed he had to wear makeup to alter his looks so he wouldn’t resemble Damien Lewis too closely. Speaking to the Newyork post, He said,
I’m a little bit lighter than Damien, but sometimes with the lighting you have to put more makeup on. They also dyed my hair dark brown so I think I lost a few freckles in that deal
The Blacklist: When he dons a suit and a tie for Blacklist, things were different. His face and hair were his to claim. However, Diego admitted that it was a gamble leaving Homeland. This is because Homeland was well established and his character was so popular. Besides, there was a certainty that the program would continue for at least a few seasons.
However, he was dead on moving to Blacklist and his decision offered him an opportunity to work in presence of distinguished actors like James Spader. He later admitted in the New York Post that he learned a lot working with likes of Spader.