Born on June 8, 1982 in Santa Monica, California to real estate agent, Charles, and elementary school teacher, Linda. His father was brewed in Seattle and his mom was born and raised on a farm in northern Maine. He has one younger bro, Jason. In 2000, Pence graduated from Santa Monica High School and moved to Hanover, New Hampshire to "study" at Dartmouth College. After Philip Seymour Hoffman slapped him across the face on Broadway in A Long Day's Journey Into Night, he regained consciousness and immersed himself in acting. Graduating from Dartmouth in 2004, he moved to New York City to work with eminent acting teacher Shelia Gray and burn money on a 450 sq. foot box. He fled to Los Angeles in 2007.