He studied at Stanford University. However, a degree in film production he made later at the University of Southern California. He held, with his short film " Asleep at the Wheel ," his first small success, which has been proposed during his studies for a student price.
Since 1993, Roach is with the singer Susanna Hoffs, a member of the Bangles, married. Together they have two sons (* 1995, 1998 ).