Ben has volunteered with the Young Storytellers Program.
Ben was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Sexy at every age, Age 28."
Ben was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004.
Ben changed his name for screen-credit purposes because there's an actor named Ben Schenkman registered with the Screen Actors Guild.
Ben moved to New York City three weeks before September 11, 2001, and was there for the terrorist attacks. He worked as a waiter in the city until he got his acting break.
Ben graduated from Austin High School in 1997. While at the high school, Ben was on the football team. This is the same high school as the Bush twins, daughters of President George W. Bush, attended. Ben was a senior when they were freshman. He went on to major in Foreign Affairs and Economics at the University of Virginia, following in his father and grandfather's footsteps.
One of the first things Ben bought with his earnings from acting was a pair of $800 black leather boots. In 2005 he purchased a $1.5 million house in the Hollywood Hills, and in 2006 he bought an Infiniti G35.
Ben' s height is 5' 8.5" (1.74 m).
Ben is the son of Austin attorney Pete Schenkkan and poet-writer Frances Schenkkan. Ben is the oldest of three children. His brothers are Nate and Zack. His uncle is Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan and Sarah Drew, a recurring star on Everwood, is his second cousin.
Ben: (on his The OC audition) I had sort of an F-you vibe... Everyone else had come to audition and kissed the asses of [producers] McG and Doug Liman - which they should in a sense, because they're so accomplished. But I just didn't. I went in and did my thing, and I don't know, I guess they liked it.
Ben: If you don't want female attention, a moustache is the way to go... they're not a fan.
Ben: Sometimes those fears (about fame) creep into the back of your head, but then you slap yourself and think, 'Oh, woe is me! People actually like me.' What a silly thing to worry about. This is a huge opportunity, and I'm excited.
Ben: I had one year of struggle. My parents were always there, but I didn't want to rely on them. Now it's moving pretty fast. I'm not rich, but obviously this is fantastic. All I know to do with money is put it in a shoe box anyway.
Ben: I've always been kind of a loner. Continue to be. So, in that sense, Ryan and I are the same. I played football in Texas, but I didn't really hang out with the jocks. I did honors courses, but I didn't hang out with those kids, either. I sort of had my own group I hung with occasionally, but I've always been kind of by myself.