A native of Canada who began taking acting lessons at the age of 12, Baruchel was first introduced to television audiences through his numerous appearances on the popular small-fry chiller series Are You Afraid of the Dark? Baruchel would next receive his first taste of sitcom life with a leading role on the short-lived sitcom My Hometown (1996). Though he equates his subsequent stint as host of Canadian television's Popular Mechanics for Kids with his mother showing a date his naked baby pictures, the exposure it gave Baruchel got him stateside attention and he soon made his feature debut, as an obsessive [[Performer~P41298~Led Zeppelin~ledzeppelin]] fan, in director [[Performer~P86281~Cameron Crowe~cameroncrowe]]'s [[Feature~V212038~Almost Famous~almostfamous]].
Relocating to Los Angeles from his hometown of Montréal, Québec for the filming of the cult favorite [[Feature~V255232~Undeclared~undeclared[tvseries]]] proved an exciting experience. After appearing alongside an impressive cast of young actors in director [[Performer~P188303~Roger Avery~rogeravary]]'s [[Feature~V266882~The Rules of Attraction~therulesofattraction]] (2002), Baruchel made his directorial debut (in addition to producing, editing, writing, and photographing) with the romantic horror-action film Edgar and Jane (2002). Baruchel would continue to find success with comedies, like Knocked Up, Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, and She's Out of My League. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi