Jai Rodriguez

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Jai Rodriguez
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Jai Rodriguez in 2010
Brentwood, New York, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1993–present
Website myspace.com/jairodriguezmusic

Jai Rodriguez is an American actor and musician best known as the culture guide on the Bravo network's Emmy-winning American reality television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy . He has also co-authored a book with the other Queer Eye hosts. Rodriguez starred as Geoffrey in the ABC sitcom Malibu Country from 2012 to 2013.

An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and is the equivalent of an Academy Award, the Tony Award, and the Grammy Award.

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<i>Malibu Country</i> television series

Malibu Country is an American sitcom that ran on ABC from November 2, 2012, to March 22, 2013. The series was created by David A. Stewart and marks Reba McEntire's return to series television, following up her previous hit sitcom Reba (2001–2007).


Personal life

Rodriguez is of Puerto Rican and Italian descent, [1] He performed with gospel choirs from the age of eleven, and studied musical theater at the Boces Cultural Art Center in Syosset, New York (now called Long Island High School for the Arts). [2] He also attended Smithtown Christian School and Smithtown High School (now Smithtown West) where he performed in various plays.

Syosset, New York Hamlet and census-designated place in New York, United States

Syosset is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Nassau County, New York, United States, in the northeastern section of the Town of Oyster Bay, on the North Shore of Long Island. Syosset is an affluent community, well known for its school district, and is served by the Syosset railroad station, the Syosset Post Office, the Syosset Central School District, the Syosset Public Library, the Syosset Fire Department, and the Jericho Water District. The population was 18,829 at the 2010 census. Syosset is located approximately 32 miles (50 km) east of Midtown Manhattan, 14 miles (20 km) east of eastern border with Queens, 23 miles (40 km) southeast of the Throgs Neck Bridge, and 168 miles (270 km) southeast of Albany, the state capital. It is also in close proximity to beaches, with Jones Beach only 19 miles (30 km) south of the town. It borders Oyster Bay and Laurel Hollow to the north, Woodbury to the east, Plainview and Hicksville to the south, and Jericho to the west, Service is accessible to New York City by the LIRR and the Long Island Expressway by car.

Smithtown Christian School is a private Christian school in Smithtown, New York.



Rodriguez is a stage actor and singer best known for his roles in the Toronto cast of Broadway stage musical Rent , as Angel, and the Off-Broadway musical Zanna, Don't! , as Zanna. [2] He has also acted in several plays, including Spinning into Butter at the Lincoln Center. [1] In 2005, he created and performed his own one night stage show, "Jai Rodriguez: xPosed." [3] xPosed told the story of Rodriguez's life and struggle to come out to his religious family, and of his career on stage and in Queer Eye. His Queer Eye co-stars Ted Allen and Carson Kressley appeared as themselves.

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In November 1993, Rodriguez appeared in one episode of the daytime drama All My Children . In August 2005, he made a two-day guest appearance on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live . [2]

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In November 2005, while Queer Eye was on filming hiatus, he joined the cast of The Producers on Broadway for three months, playing the role of Carmen Ghia. He played a different role, that of Sabu, in the 2005 Producers movie.

<i>Queer Eye</i> television program

Queer Eye is an American reality television series that premiered on the cable television network Bravo in July 2003. Originally Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the title was later shortened to broaden the overall scope. The series was created by executive producers David Collins and Michael Williams along with David Metzler through their company, Scout Productions.

<i>The Producers</i> (musical) 2001 musical written by Mel Brooks

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<i>The Producers</i> (2005 film) 2005 film by Susan Stroman

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In August 2007, Rodriguez filmed a guest starring role in drama series Nip/Tuck , playing the character of Chaz Darling. The episode (also titled "Chaz Darling") aired in November 2007.

<i>Nip/Tuck</i> American television drama series

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In March 2010, Rodriguez appeared as a newscaster in the music video for "Telephone", with Lady Gaga and Beyoncé.

In February 2011, Rodriguez appeared in an episode of the ABC series Detroit 1-8-7 titled "Legacy; Drag City", playing a drag queen.

In March 2011, Rodriguez made an appearance in an episode of NBC's Harry's Law , titled "Send in the Clowns", as a transgender woman fired after an affair with a club owner was exposed.

In November 2011, Rodriguez appeared in an episode of How I Met Your Mother called "The Rebound Girl", playing the husband of Barney Stinson's brother. He appeared again in March 2014 in the episode "Gary Blauman".

Rodriguez regularly guest performs in Cookin' With Gas , a long-running all improv show, at The Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles.

In April 2012, appeared in an episode of Bones as a murdering hairdresser Theo Alex Norman.

As of May 2012, the new ABC sitcom Malibu Country has been picked up. Rodriguez is a regular cast member, playing record industry executive, Geoffrey. [4]

In November 2014, Rodriguez appears as Diego Diaz in Kingdom on DirecTV Audience Network, a physical therapist treating MMA fighter Nate Kulina, played by Nick Jonas.

From August 2014, Rodriguez appears as "Ritchie Valentine" in The Horizon .

Television hosting

In 2003, Rodriguez became Queer Eye's resident "Culture Vulture", functioning as the show's expert on the topic of culture, and the show's success brought him increased exposure. He was a replacement host for the show's originally-cast culture host, but has been part of Queer Eye since the third episode. This show includes five guys, known as the "Fab Five." The roles of the "Fab Five" are a grooming guru, food and wine connoisseur, fashion savant, a designer doctor, and a culture vulture. The purpose of the show is to create a better sense of fashion, function, and culture between all straight men. [5] A very interesting aspect of the show is the chemistry and great casting of the "Fab Five." These actors seem like they have been the best of friends since drama camp began back in time. However, none of the men knew each other before the show started. [6] Since Jai Rodriguez is the youngest guy in the clique by ten years, he is considered to be the unique one. He came into the show after it had already begun. Also, Jai is the only person of color on the show. [7]

In April 2004, Jai hosted Bravo on With the Show. This was a contest on Bravo in which 50 actors and actresses won a trip to New York City to work with Broadway professionals. This three-day workshop helped these 10 to 17-year-old teens develop their acting skills. [8]

In May 2007, Rodriguez announced he would be appearing as a regular judge on two new reality shows: MTV's Shower Power (an American Idol-type singing contest) and Court TV's The Jury, (a Judge Judy-type show where cases are decided by a panel of celebrity judges). [9]

On November 3, 2007, Rodriguez started co-hosting (with Daisy Fuentes) a new show, Ultimate Style, on the Style Network. The weekly series covers celebrities, fashion, beauty, home and all things related to style. Also in 2007, Rodriguez hosted one season of travel/style show Styleyes on Sí TV. [10]

Rodriguez also hosted the Animal Planet reality TV show Groomer Has It , which premiered April 12, 2008 on Animal Planet. He also appears on GSN Live as a sub host.


As a singer, Rodriguez has performed on stage and as a recording artist. In 2002, he created his own musical cabaret show, titled Monday Night Twisted Cabaret, which ran at New York gay club xl for a year. [2] Rodriguez continued to perform Twisted Cabaret on a sporadic basis between 2004–2006.

Rodriguez released his first single, "Love Is Good", on the indie record label Arrive at Eleven Productions in March 2003. [2] He then recorded his debut album for Airgo Records. The first single from the album, Broken, was released on October 4, 2007.

Rodriguez appeared as one of the celebrity singers on the Fox reality TV show Celebrity Duets , which premiered August 29. He was eliminated on September 22, 2006.


Rodriguez is also a co-author of the New York Times bestselling book, [11] [12] Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab Five's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better (Published by Clarkson Potter, 2004).


2002 The New Guy Jose
2005 The Producers Sabu
2009 Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!! Angelo Ferraro
2015 Kiss Me, Kill Me Detective Santos
2003–2007 Queer Eye for the Straight Guy HimselfCulture expert
2007 Nip/Tuck Chaz DarlingEpisode: Chaz Darling
2008–2009 Groomer Has It HimselfHost
2010 Gigantic Max Michaelson3 episodes
2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Christina Draguilera/JoeEpisode: Legacy/Drag City
2011 Harry's Law Amanda KnottEpisode: Send in the Clowns
2011, 2014 How I Met Your Mother Tom2 Episodes
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Sandy/ChuckEpisode: Dee Dee's Pillow
2012 Bones TheoEpisode: The Don't in the Do
2012–2013 Malibu Country GeoffreySeries regular
2014 Kingdom Diego Diaz3 episodes
2015 Hell's Kitchen HimselfEpisode: 17 Chefs Compete
2016 Grace and Frankie JojoEpisode: The Negotiation
2017 Grey's Anatomy MaxEpisode: In the Air Tonight
2017 The Magicians JavierEpisode: The Flying Forest
2017 Kendra on Top HimselfSeason 6

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