He then moved to Lake Forest, Illinois, where he graduated from Lake Forest High School in 1988. Although he appeared in the 1989 season of the television series, China Beach and in three CBS Schoolbreak Specials (in 1990), he was a struggling actor and faced many rejections. Next, he momentarily moved from comedy to drama in Sean Penn’s critically acclaimed film Into the Wild, a film about the adventures of Christopher McCandless, which was also a best-selling book by Jon Krakauer. He played the role of Wayne Westerberg opposite Emile Hirsch as McCandless. On July 31, 2012, it was announced that Vaughn would be developing a reboot produced by CBS to the sitcom The Brady Bunch, which was taken off the air in 1974. Vaughn dated Jennifer Aniston, his co-star in The Break-Up, between 2005 and 2006 in a relationship that became a subject of tabloid speculation. Vaughn has appeared at a number of Libertarian inaugrations and announced his
support for Ron Paul’s candidacy for President.