Frequently said to closely resemble actor Matt Damon.
He is a great-great-great-great-great-great-nephew of Stephen F. Austin, known as the "Father of Texas," who colonized Texas in the early 1800s. Stephen's sister, Emily Margaret Brown Austin, was one of Jesse's paternal five times great-grandmothers. The city of Austin is named after Stephen.
In a Cold Case episode, he played a military cadet nicknamed Rihanna. Years later, he starred in Battleship (2012) with Rihanna herself.