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Sam Asghari has become synonymous with more than just the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. His personal life, especially his relationship with the pop sensation, Britney Spears, captivated the imaginations of millions. Yet there is a fascinating story that goes beyond being a celebrity partner.

This article delves into the life and career of the Iranian-American talent, from being a personal trainer to becoming a Hollywood star and getting married to one of the beloved pop singers in unconventional circumstances.

Sam Asghari biography

Sam Asghari at an event

Hesam “Sam” Asghari, born on March 3, 1994, in Tehran, Iran, to parents Mike and Fatima Asghari, is an Iranian-American model, actor, and fitness trainer. The youngest of four children, with three sisters named Maddy, Ellie, and Faye, he began his journey in gymnastics at the age of four.

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At the age of 13, he moved to the United States without speaking English. Asghari decided to go by the name Sam, finding it easier to pronounce. During his high school years, he enrolled in theatre classes, participated in productions of Hamlet and Macbeth and also played football. Following high school, he pursued his education at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California, where he continued his football career as a starting tight end.

His passion for the sport earned him an opportunity to participate in a football program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After completing his high school education, Asghari enrolled at Los Angeles Pierce College. While pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Pierce College, Asghari undertook three distinct occupations. He worked as a clerk, sales representative and doorman at a nightclub to sustain himself. At this point, he had relinquished football due to his demanding schedule.

At the age of 19, Asghari decided to pursue a career as a personal trainer. He resigned from two of his three jobs and enrolled in the ‘Smart Nutrition course’ at ‘Gold’s Gym’. There, he gained knowledge in nutrition, anatomy and personal training. In a matter of months, Asghari initiated his career as a personal trainer.

Asghari acquired American citizenship in 2012. Amid the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, Asghari took part in demonstrating, alongside other union members.

He remarked: “We’re here to raise awareness for my fellow union colleagues who are working diligently and striking for my future. I hope for a swift resolution so we can all return to our most cherished pursuit, which is creating art and inspiring people.”

Sam Asghari career

Sam Asghari

Asghari worked as a personal trainer from his early adulthood until 2015 when he was persuaded to venture into modelling by his sister, Faye, who had moved from Iran to the United States. She introduced him to the fashion designer, Michael Costello, a close friend of hers. Following his inaugural runway appearance in ‘Palm Springs’, Asghari was subsequently signed by Toyota to star in its 2016 Toyota Super Bowl commercial. During the same year, he portrayed a construction worker in the music video for Fifth Harmony’s Work from Home. He then featured alongside Britney Spears in the music video for Slumber Party. In 2018, he made his debut in the world of feature films in Unbelievable!!!!!

His modelling career saw him featured in various magazines, with spreads in publications like Vulkan, Men’s Health, Iron Man, GQ, and more. In 2019, he received a Daytime Beauty Award at the 2nd annual Daytime Beauty Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Fitness”.

In 2018, Asghari made his film debut as he appeared in a cameo role in the parody Star Trek spoof “Unbelievable!!!!!” In 2021, he took on a multi-episode arc in Black Monday season 3, portraying “Giancarlo”, a supermodel working for Pfaffashions. Later that year, he appeared as a “sexy Santa” on the television show, Hacks.

Also in 2021, Asghari auditioned for the role of “Travis”, Carrie Bradshaw’s physical therapist, on the And Just Like That… episode titled “Tragically Hip” but was not selected for the role. In October 2021, he joined the cast of the action thriller film, Hot Seat, as a co-star alongside Mel Gibson and Kevin Dillon.

Asghari has been selective in choosing roles, avoiding those that perpetuate Middle Eastern stereotypes, such as terrorist characters. He also declined offers to appear on two reality television shows, “Celebrity Big Brother” and “The Masked Singer.”

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Sam Asghari movies

Here are some of the movies and television shows in which Asghari has appeared:

Films

  • Unbelievable!!!!! (2018): Asghari made a cameo appearance in this film. The plot revolves around a sci-fi parody of the original Star Trek series.
  • Can You Keep A Secret? (2019): In this romantic comedy, Asghari plays the character “Omar”. The film follows the story of a woman who, during a turbulent flight, confesses her deepest secrets to a stranger, only to discover that he is her company’s young CEO.

Television

  • NCIS (2019): Asghari portrays “Security Guard Russell” in an episode titled “The North Pole”. In this long-running crime drama series, the NCIS team investigates crimes involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel.
  • The Family Business (2020): Asghari takes on the role of “Armeen” in an episode titled “Heat It Up!” This show is based on a series of urban crime novels and follows the story of a family involved in both legitimate and illicit businesses.
  • Hacks (2021): As “Sexy Santa” in the episode “There is no Line”, Asghari appears in this comedy-drama series. The show revolves around the relationship between an ageing Las Vegas stand-up comedian and a young comedy writer.
  • Black Monday (2021): Asghari plays “Giancarlo” in three episodes of this series. Black Monday is a dark comedy that explores the events leading up to the 1987 stock market crash.
  • When We Grow Up (2021): Asghari features in this series as “Eli”.
  • PBC (2022): Asghari is featured as “Christian” in three episodes of this series.
  • Dollface (2022): Asghari is featured in an episode of Dollface titled: “Right Hand Woman.”

Sam Asghari’s net worth

Asghari has an estimated net worth of $5 million, according to Marca.

Sam Asghari family

Asghari was previously in a relationship with American actress and singer Mayra Verónica, who is 13 years his senior, after appearing in the music video for her song “No Boyfriend, No Problem.”

Asghari first crossed paths with his ex-wife, Britney Spears, who is 12 years his senior, when she selected him to appear in her 2016 music video for “Slumber Party,” featuring Tinashe.

Sam Asghari and Britney Spears

Sam Asghari and Britney Spears

Sam Asghari met Britney Spears on the set of the Slumber Party music video. At the end of the shoot, Asghari shared his phone number with the internationally renowned singer. After five months, Britney decided to give him a call, and they soon began dating. However, the couple chose to keep their relationship low-key until 2017 when they started posting their photos on Instagram. In June 2017, during a concert in Taiwan, Asghari and Britney shared a kiss on stage. After that, they were frequently seen together and even shared their workout videos on social media.

In September 2021, the two became engaged, which Britney announced through a video posted on Instagram. In April 2022, Asghari and Britney Spears announced that they were expecting their first child together. On June 9, 2022, the duo got married.

Following their wedding, they relocated to a new £11.8 million mansion in Calabasas, which Spears acquired. However, in August 2023, Asghari and Spears parted ways, and Asghari filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

Two months following their divorce, Spears unveiled her memoir, titled: “The Woman in Me”, in which she shared exclusive insights into her life, family and relationships. Within this book, she also delved into her connection with Asghari. The book does not cover her estrangement with Asghari. The celebrity primarily recounts their initial meeting and the instant chemistry between them.

“I have deep admiration for his stability,” Spears expressed in the book. “I appreciate that he abstains from alcohol. He’s a blessing.”

Before their marriage, Asghari provided unwavering support to the singer of “Hold Me Closer” as she underwent mental health treatment in 2019 and faced her conservatorship battle in 2021.

Following Spears’ public testimony in June 2021, where she sought to have her father, Jamie Spears, removed from the role of her conservator, an insider informed PEOPLE of the vital role her then-boyfriend had played in her support system.

“Sam has been Britney’s constant for years. He ensures she maintains a balanced diet and fitness routine,” the source revealed. “She relies on him for everything. He maintains his own life and work, but he’s there as much as possible.”

Asghari also extended his support to his former spouse in light of her memoir’s release. TMZ approached the 29-year-old actor as he was out in Los Angeles and inquired about his thoughts regarding the pop icon describing him as a “gift from God” in her book.

Responding, Asghari said: “That brought a smile to my face, honestly.”

He also lavished praise on Spears’ best-selling memoir, stating: “I’m extremely proud of her. I hope she conquers the world.”

Sam Asghari age

Asghari was born on March 3, 1994. He is currently 29 years old

Sam Asghari Instagram

Sam Asghari smiling

Sam Asghari has an active social media presence on Instagram, with two million followers as of the time of writing this article.

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