Jay has two older brothers, Michael and Gabriel, and a younger sister, Amelia.
Jay was one of People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006 he can be found in "The Newcomers" section.
Jay was nominated as Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture at the ALMA Awards in 2002 for his role in the movie Crazy/Beautiful.
He was featured in TV Guide's January 23, 2004 issue in an article called "The 5-Year Plan."
Jay went to the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, California.
Jay was orginally in the season premiere of American Family but he was later replaced by actor A.J. Lamas.
In 1996, Jay graduated from Schurr High School in Montebello, California.
His parents are Isis and Javier.
Jay is of Mexican descent.
In 2002 Jay played on the 'stars' team for MTV's Rock and Jock.
Jay is 5' 8½" tall.
For many years now, has been dating Daniella Deutscher who played Julie Connor on the show Hang Time in which he also starred.
Jay played the new Carlito in the movie Carlito's Way: Rise to Power.
Jay's agent and mentor, Hunter Tyner, discovered him in an elevator and put him through acting classes. Tyner died of a sudden heart attack in 2001 during the launching of Crazy/Beautiful in Hollywood.
Jay: When I first started, there was nothing. There were no Latin roles, and that's the only thing that they'll see you as unless you can convince them otherwise.
Jay (referring to the set of "American Family"): It was cool to be around that many Latinos, because when I'm on set it's usually white or whatever. It's no big deal, but to be around Mexicans and Latins, it's a little bit closer to family, more camaraderie. It's a different feeling, and it was cool to see that, and to realize that there actually is a part of Hollywood that is Latin.
Jay (on meeting his future agent Hunter Tyner): My parents and I were in this elevator in Hollywood. The door was just closing when this guy squeezed in. We rode for a couple of floors together when he asked if I'd ever considered modeling or acting.
Jay (on his "Crazy/Beautiful" co-star): Here I am starring with the girl from Interview with the Vampire and Bring it On. I was really intimidated by the thought of acting opposite her. She was so generous and helpful. I know she could tell how nervous I was. She said if there was ever anything she could help me with or that I wanted to know not to hesitate asking her. Just knowing she was there for me put me at ease. We have a lot of intimate scenes together and Kirsten said I made her feel comfortable doing them. That meant so much to me coming from a person whose work I respect so highly.