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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 6, 2016

Get To Know Filipino Actor Vincent Rodriguez III Who Gets Big Break As Lead Actor In A Hollywood TV Show

CURRENTLY starring in a lead role in the hit U.S. TV series on The CW network, the musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, is a Filipino-American actor named Vincent Rodriguez III. He plays Josh, the object of affection of lead actress, Rachel Bloom (she won the Golden Globe best actress award for this show), who stalks him. Previous TV shows he has appeared in include “Hostages”, “Donny” and “The Onion News Network”.

Born in San Francisco but grew up in Daly City, California, Vincent is the youngest and only boy in their family. He has three older sisters who are all Manila-born and who can all sing. He started acting in high school then studied went to Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Maria for college, making acting his career and taking up musical training in acting, dance and voice.

His first legit musical was the national tour of “42nd Street”. He moved to New York and did several other shows, like “Xanadu”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, etc. He also appeared in the Marcos-Ninoy musical, “Here Lies Love”, with another well known Fil-Am actor who played Marcos, Jose Llana.

From theatre, he branched out into television, auditioned for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and got the male lead role no less. Lea Salonga will be their special guest star in their show’s season finale to be aired this April 18. The show is such a hit it has been renewed for a second season.

A certified hunk, Vincent is also martial arts black belter. One thing with him is he doesn’t look mestizo or caucasian but looks very Filipino. Here’s wishing a local producer will invite him over to do a concert here or record an album.