MTV’s Teen Wolf star Cody Saintgnue attributes his success as an actor to his traumatic early years.  “[In acting] you give a piece of your heart in every performance,” he said.  Cody was born in Ohio and placed into foster care at the age of 9. Later adopted at age 12, Cody learned to channel the trauma of his early life as he participated in acting and theater productions. After moving to Los Angeles, Cody appeared on popular TV shows such as House and Criminal Minds, later to be cast as the werewolf Brett Talbot on Teen Wolf. Cody is grateful for his adoptive family and attributes much of his growth and success to his mother, Brenda.

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