Born in 1980, Pardo has had considerable exposure on both the big and small screens. He started out as a model with the Ford Modeling Agency, and eventually found his way into show business.
Although he is most remembered for his portrayal of murdered transgender teen Gwen Amber Rose Araujo (who used to be Edward Araujo, Jr.) in the Lifetime Network's made-for-tv film A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story, Pardo has appeared in more lighthearted productions, such as the film A Cinderella Story and television series Hope Ranch. Pardo's other acting credits include American Dreams, Veronica Mars, Supercross, Havoc, CSI: Miami, The OC, Standoff, Titans, and Drive. Currently, Pardo is appearing in the Fox television series, Revolution with co-star Billy Burke.