The Courageous Class: Fall 2018



Courageous Class member, Cody Saintgnue, who is champion for foster children, actor, and model.


Courageous Class member, Cody Saintgnue, who is champion for foster children, actor, and model.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, American actor and model Cody Lee Saintgnue comes from a story of humble beginnings that he loves to share with others. Placed into foster care at the age of nine, and soon thereafter adopted, Cody began acting and participating in theater productions as a way of expressing himself and positively coping. After diving into print modeling in the Ohio area, Cody traveled to Texas for a Model and Talent Expo presented by Mike Beaty and surprised everyone by winning the competition as a newcomer and landing himself the front page cover of the competition showcase magazine.

At 14, Cody and his mother made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles to train intensely in production acting. After landing his first role on the television series, Southland, Cody went on to work on the television series documentary, America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back before landing roles on hit series House M.D. and Criminal Minds. With a few television roles adding to his experience, Cody was cast in his first film, ‘All Cheerleaders Die’ in 2013 before being cast as “Jack” in the film, Preservation. Cody’s most recent work included playing “Brett Talbot” on the hit MTV series, Teen Wolf, and being represented by Next Model Management Los Angeles, SUPA Model Management in London, and Soul Artist Management in New York.

Heavily influenced by his own past and upbringing, Cody strives for heavy involvement with children and teen charities, organizations, and philanthropic activities. Spearheading his own campaign to make teens feel included and special, Cody created his own contest via his social media entitled #CodyTakeMeToProm in which he took a teen without a date to her senior prom for a memorable night. Calling it one of his most humbling experiences, Cody was inspired to continue work that made both himself and others feel good.

In addition to acting and modeling, Cody enjoys participating in a variety of sports including surfing, football, and basketball. Saintgnue has branched into production work as well as continuing his acting craft in independent film projects. Cody is eager to publicly showcase his acting and modeling abilities. Saintgnue resides in Los Angeles.

“When you experience pain you see life through a different shade than most people. You’ll build strength, you’ll build character, you’ll build a superhero in you, and then you can protect other people.” –CODY SAINTGNUE