Christopher Charles “Chris” Wood born April 14, 1988 is an American actor. He is known for his role as Malachai “Kai” Parker in the sixth season of the CW Network’s television series The Vampire Diaries in 2014, after previously appearing on The CW’s The Carrie Diaries in the role of writer Adam Weaver in 2013. He also starred in the 2016 CW television series Containment in the leading role of Atlanta police officer Jake Riley. Since 2016 he has played Mon-El on The CW superhero drama series Supergirl.
Chris Wood was born in Dublin, Ohio. He attended Elon University in North Carolina, where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Theater. He has been friends with actor Grant Gustin since college. Wood is an active ambassador for Mental Health America and often advocates ending the stigma surrounding mental illness, following his father’s death from an untreated condition. After graduation, he played Melchior in the national tour of Spring Awakening. He made his film debut in a made-for-TV movie entitled Browsers in early 2013. In September 2013, producers of The Carrie Diaries announced that Wood would join the show in its second season.
Wood appeared as the recurring role of Malachai ‘Kai’ Parker on season six of The Vampire Diaries as the main antagonist; he returned to the role in a guest appearance in the eighth and final season of The Vampire Diaries. He appeared also in a guest role as Paul, in the episode “Beach House” of Girls. He was cast in a starring role in the 2016 CW drama series Containment, portraying officer Jake Riley. In April 2016, Wood was cast in a role on the second season of the PBS period drama Mercy Street. In July 2016, Wood was cast as a series regular in the role of Mon-El for season 2 of Supergirl.