Starting out as a print model, Michael Copon became an actor and is widely recognized as Blue Time Force Ranger/ Lucas Kendall on Fox Kids Network's “Power Rangers Time Force” (2001) and Felix Taggaro (2004-2005) on The WB teen drama series "One Tree Hill." He also had a recurring role as Vin Keahi on The N teen drama series "Beyond the Break" (2006) and has guest-starred in such TV shows as "Even Stevens," "Scrubs," "Reno 911!," and "That's So Raven."
On the big screen, he could be seen in the films "Dishdogz" (2005) and "All You've Got" (2006), as well as in the straight-to-video released "Bring It On: In It to Win It" (2007) and "The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior" (2008). Next, he will star in the upcoming films "We Got the Beat," "Night of the Demons" (rumored), "A Forgotten Innocence," and "Alone."
This 6' 1" half-German and half-Filipino, who once admitted he had a crush on co-star Sonya Balmores from “Beyond The Break,” was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Hottest Bachelors” in 2005.
“Yeah, I was born in Virginia, you know, my old Filipino grandfather was in the Navy.” Michael Copon.
Childhood and Family:
“My parents taught me to follow my heart.” Michael Copon.
Son of German-American mother Monica Zelasko and Filipino-American father Berlin Copon, Michael Sowell Copon was born in Chesapeake, Virgina, on November 13, 1982. Growing up, Michael's father taught him the Filipino values and culture. He moved to Los Angeles from his hometown in Cheasepeake, VA when he was 17.
“My [Filipina] step-mom would always tell me, ‘You should go there in the Philippines, and you’ll be a star in a second!... ’ve learned a lot about Manila so much through her and I’m just so excited to go next year: nice beaches, pretty girls, and I heard houses there are also cheaper. I want to visit my relatives too.” Michael Copon.
In 2000, Copon graduated from Deep Creek high school, where he played defensive end at the school's football team. He is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
In his spare time, Copon, whose favorite bands include Linkin Park, Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Beatles, puts his passion in playing instruments. He is working with a group called The Knock Outs with Brandy and Ray J. He also likes to paint and his favorite artists include M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali, Picasso, and Michealangelo. Additionally, he would love to breakdance, sing, and play basketball in his free time.
“My dad eats fish heads, and showed me how to suck fish eyeballs, and he made me do it!” Michael Copon.
Copon, who said he was overweight and fleshy when he was a kid and wasn't popular when he was younger, likes to eat classic pansit, chicken adobo, lumpia, and sinigang. He runs an Italian resteraunt in Los Angeles called Bella and also has his own record label.
“My aunt owns a Filipino restaurant down in Orange County, and I’ve been there many times. I always hang out with my Filipino friends and cousins in San Diego.” Michael Copon.
Copon is a supporter of the Shaken Baby Alliance because his adopted brother was a a victim of shaken baby syndrome. He choose this charity to give his winnings from "But Can They Sing?" in 1995.
“I was a fat kid growing up, I was the fat kid in the back of the classroom that had no friends. I was a very feminine guy growing up because my mom worked in a hair salon and I didn't have guy friends. So I was very sensitive and I would cry a lot. But my step dad pushed me to do more sports and become more masculine than I was. Guys would joke on me and then I was every girl's best friend. It wasn't until my 9th or 10th grade year that I lost weight and started playing football and things changed.” Michael Copon.
One Tree Hill
“I trust in God. I believe that he put me on this path.” Michael Copon.
Initially having a modeling gig in Hong Kong, half-German and half-Filipino Michael Copon got signed with Los Angeles Models and talent agency Star Born Talent. He has appeared in a national ad for K-Swiss.
Less than a year after he graduated from Deep Creek High School in 2000, Copon, whose favorite actors include Johnny Depp and Marlon Brado, was cast by the Fox Kids Network as Blue Time Force Ranger/ Lucas Kendall on “Power Rangers Time Force” (2001). He has reprised the role in the videos "Power Rangers Time Force - Quantum Ranger: Clash for Control" (2001), "Power Rangers Time Force: Photo Finish" (2001), "Power Rangers Time Force: The End of Time" (2002), and "Power Rangers Time Force: Dawn of Destiny" (2002), as well as voiced the character in its video game version, "Power Rangers Time Force" (2001). He also played the character in "Power Rangers: Wild Force" (2002).
After a guest spot in a March 2003 episode of Disney Channel's sitcom starring Shia LaBeouf, "Even Stevens," Copon received a recurring role as Felix Taggarro, the new neighbor to Sophia Bush's Brooke Davis who would later be sent to Military School, during the second season (2004-2005) of The WB teen drama series "One Tree Hill."
Meanwhile, Copon made his film debut in director Mikey Hilb's teen action "Dishdogz" (2005), starring Marshall Allman, Haylie Duff, and Luke Perry. He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC Emmy and Peabody Award-winning comedy-drama series "Scrubs" and Comedy Central's "Reno 911!"
Copon, who is good friends with Raven Symone, appeared as Raven Symone's love interest in her "Backflip" (2004) music video and had a recurring role as Ricky in her show, "That's So Raven." He was also in Vh1's reality series "But Can They Sing?" in 2005.
In 2006, Copon played the recurring role of Vin Keahi on The N teen drama series "Beyond the Break," starring Tiffany Hines, Suzie Pollard, Natalie Ramsey, and David Chokachi. During this time, he appeared in the films "All You've Got," a volleyball drama by Neema Barnette, and "Elevator," a 16-minute short by Bryan Theodore. He also starred in the the dramatic made-for-television movie "Sideliners."
Recently, Copon could be seen starring in the direct-to-video released films "Bring It On: In It to Win It" (2007; with Ashley Benson and Cassie Scerbo) and "The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior" (2008), in which he portrays Mathayus. He also appeared as a guest in a June 2008 episode of the drama comedy series "Greek."
Copon will soon complete his upcoming film project, "We Got the Beat," a comedy written and directed by Jon Artigo in which he will star as a footballer-turns-boybander, and is rumored to play Dex in "Night of the Demons," a Halloween horror by Adam Gierasch. He just began filming "A Forgotten Innocence," a drama by Sinohui Hinojosa in which he will star as the most popular guy in school and the star basketball player, and is announced to play the lead in Edward Nick's forthcoming romantic drama film, "Alone."
“I would like to see myself being more successful in this business to the point where I can start taking care of a family. My dream is to be a father. This business is cool and all, but I do a lot of other things other than acting. I own a restaurant up on Hollywood Boulevard. I'm doing a lot of different business things so that by that time I'll be set up to where I can go to that next step in life. So I'd like to own more real estate and another restaurant and make films and music.” Michael Copon.