Everyone's thirsting over Jeremy Allen White—here's what to know about 'The Bear' star

Jeremy Allen White's got the entire Internet saying "Yes, chef!" Here's where you've seen the actor before

Jeremy Allen White in The Bear on FX and Hulu
(Image credit: FX/Hulu)

What was a streaming sleeper hit has become a flat-out summer smash: the Jeremy Allen White-led FX/Hulu show The Bear—about a young fine-dining chef who returns to his native Chicago to take over his late brother's sandwich shop—debuted on June 23 and has already been picked up for a second season. 

And while the show's success is no doubt thanks to the talented cast's hyper-realistic depiction of the hustle, chaos and trauma that it takes to run a professional kitchen, its popularity is also due to the sheer thirst that White has been inspiring all across social media. He's been dubbed "the working woman's Timothée Chalamet" and, more strangely, "Ketamine Gene Wilder." But the attraction for White's sexy onscreen chef is damn near boiling over. 

Here's what to know about the actor and where you've seen him before. (Hint: Chicago.)

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How old is Jeremy Allen White?

Born February 17, 1991 (that makes him an Aquarius), Jeremy Allen White is a 31-year-old actor hailing from Brooklyn, New York. 

Jeremy Allen White 'The Bear' role: who does he play?

Meet Carmen "Carmy" Berzatto: White's character on The Bear is a fictional James Beard Award-winning fine-dining chef tasked with running his family's rundown sandwich shop, The Original Beef of Chicagoland, after its former owner, his brother Michael, dies by suicide. 

Carmy attempts to modernize and elevate the joint—while trying to navigate the financial mess his brother left behind—much to the chagrin of its rough-and-tumble kitchen staff. Rounding out the cast are Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Dropout, Girls), Abby Elliott (Saturday Night Live), Ayo Edebiri (Big Mouth) and Lionel Boyce (Loiter Squad).

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Jeremy Allen White shows and movies

White isn't new to playing a brooding Chicagoan: he portrayed Lip Gallagher on the Showtime series Shameless from 2011 to 2021, for which he was nominated for a Critics' Choice Award. 

Elsewhere, you've seen him in series like Homecoming and in films like Movie 43, The Rental, Viena and the Fantomes, and The Birthday Cake.

Nope. Despite the fact that many people think White looks like a younger version of the late, great Willy Wonka star (frankly, we don't see it), there is no relation between the two actors. 

Jeremy Allen White wife: who is he married to?

Speaking of relations, Jeremy Allen White has been married to fellow actor, Addison Timlin White, since 2019. 

According to a recent GQ (opens in new tab) profile, White and Timlin first met in high school when they were 14. "I was instantly very much into her and she, me too, I think," he told the outlet. "But she had a boyfriend. I was just so clumsy about all that stuff. And then she went to a different school and I was really broken up."

Looks like it all worked out in the end!

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Jeremy Allen White kids: is he a dad?

The couple has two daughters: Ezer Billie, born October 2018, and Dolores Wild, born December 2020. Fun fact: Dakota Johnson is the girls' godmother!

Is Jeremy still friends with the 'Shameless' cast?

"I love Shameless so much. I love everybody that was a part of it, and the experience was incredible," he told GQ

After being on a show for a decade, it's inevitable that you bond with the folks you're working with, and it seems like White is still close with his Shameless family—a quick peek at cast members' Instagram pages shows them frequently spending time together. 

See Jeremy Allen White in season one of The Bear, now streaming on Hulu. 

Christina Izzo

Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. 

More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York

When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.