Newt (Jason Dolley). But as he grew tall, slim, handsome, and intense, he recognized a talent for serious dramatic roles.
The first: on Without a Trace (2004): his Eric was subjected to a savage bullying, and attempted suicide.
Since Cory ended, Jake has avoided sitcoms to play teens who are sick, troubled, or dying on Cold Case (2008), ER (2008), Lie to Me (2009), Eleventh Hour (2009), and many other series.
Sometimes Jake's characters are blatantly heterosexual -- he plays a teenage rapist on Criminal Minds (2010) and a high schooler who gets his girlfriend pregnant on Locked Away (2010).
A teenager accused of murdering his parents in The Whole Truth (2010).
The flamboyant best buddy of an adopted girl searching for her birth parents on The Assignment (2010).
No word on whether Jake is gay in real life, but the "Question and Answer" section of his website is awfully coy:
Q: "Do you have a girlfriend?"
A: "I have lots of girls who are great friends."
Q: "Are you looking for a girlfriend?"
A: "I think we're all looking for somebody."