During high school Ian became tired of the pressures that came with being an actor and decided to quit to "live a normal life." He soon got a job at a fast food joint and spent six months "hanging out with friends."
Ian was attending UCLA when he won the role of "Young Hercules" on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
Ian: If I could do anything in the world, I'd fly jet air planes. I saw Tom Cruise in Top Gun in 1986, and from then on, that's what I wanted to do with my life. It just didn't work out that way, so I started [acting] in my freshman year of high school to give this 'Hollywood idea' a shot.