Turn on a television this week and there is a good chance you will see Rodney To. On April 13th, he guest starred as Daniel Lee on CBS’s All Rise.
On April 19th, he’ll be featured in his recurring role as Henry on NBC’s Good Girls. and on April 17th, you can catch him as Stan on CBS’s Magnum P.I.
Episode 16, “Farewell to Love,” directed by Bronwen Hughes from a script by Ashley Charbonnet and Alfredo Barrios, airs at 9pm ET/PT.
Jay Hernandez stars as Thomas Magnum, Perdita Weeks plays Juliet Higgins, and Zachary Knighton is Orville “Rick” Wright. Stephen Hill is Theodore “TC” Calvin, Tim Kang is Det. Gordon Katsumoto, and Amy Hill plays Kumu.
In addition to To, Episode 16 guest stars include Karole Foreman as Gladys, Tanner Gill as Bert, Mia Marcon as Sandy, Caleb Foote as Dylan, Caitlin King as Krista, and Brian Guest as Gil. Grinnell Morris as Larry, Rodney J. Hobbs as Ken, David Starzyk as Eddie, Donna Feldman as Paula, Meagan Holder as Teresa, and Philip I. Martin as Andy.
While Magnum (Jay Hernandez) and Higgins (Perdita Weeks) are undercover as a couple on a romantic bus tour working a case, they must switch gears when one of the love birds on the trip is murdered and evidence is quickly deteriorating in the Hawaiian heat. Also, TC is shaken when he runs into his ex-girlfriend who’s visiting the island on her honeymoon. To is the leader of the bus tour.
I checked in with Rodney this week and he graciously shared his photo diary and fond memories of reconnecting with dear friends while shooting in paradise.
Rodney: “A few personal anecdotes from the shoot: One of my favorite shoots to date. Amy Hill is a dear friend and a series regular on the show. While we never shot any scenes together, I got to spend a good deal of time with her and eat some great food together.
Also, Tim Kang is an old pal from my theatre days in NYC and now he is also a series regular on the shoot. We actually got to work together on the show, so it was incredibly special getting to hang with him as well.
Since the episode is about a tour group, as luck would have it, we spent two weeks shooting all around Oahu. One of the great places we got to shoot is on beach where they shot the movie From Here to Eternity.
I got to work with some incredible actors and the entire Magnum team is superb – Jay Hernandez, who plays Magnum introduced me to (what is now) my favorite cologne, ‘Oud Wood’.
But one of the reasons this shoot was especially significant is because my best friend from my childhood in Chicago came out to experience Hawaii with me. She stayed with me and we had the time of our lives. Sadly, she’s in hospice now. I’m eternally grateful that this show gave me the opportunity to have such a special trip with her. I’ll never forget it.
Lastly, while shooting Magnum, I found out that Good Girls was interested in having me recur on the show, which is currently running also. So everything surrounding “Magnum” was a magical time on so many levels. Times like this in an actor’s life don’t come about frequently and I’m well-aware of it. I’m very very grateful and humbled by it.”
Rodney To is a proud Chicago native.
As an actor, he is most notable for the role of “Typhoon” on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. In addition to recurring on NBC’s Good Girls, he will be recurring on Comedy Central’s Corporate for their final season. He has recurred on HBO’s Barry, on FOX’s Rosewood and all four seasons of Wilfred on FX. He has been a series regular on the NBC pilot Redliners. Other selected guest stars include You’re the Worst, Modern Family, New Girl, The Whole Truth, NCIS, Vice Principals, The American Mall and Ironside. He has worked with theaters across the country including Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, La Jolla Playhouse, Northlight, Mark Taper, South Coast Rep, Hartford Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, IAMA Theatre Company, East West Players and Ma-Yi, among others. Awards include an LA Ovation Award Nomination for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (by A.Rey Pamatmat, directed by Jennifer Chang) with Artists at Play, Chicago’s Jeff Award Nomination for The Romance of Magno Rubio (directed by Loy Arcenas) and winner of the NY International Fringe Festival for the show he co-penned (with NY favorites Cindy Cheung, Peter Kim, Sekiya Billman, Hoon Lee, and, Paul Juhn, directed by Anne Kauffman), Sides…the Fear is Real.
As a director, To’s short film Two Weeks (starring Paolo Montalban and Tina Chilip, written by Eileen Rivera) won numerous awards at various festivals across the country including Festival Film Flix and the Asians on Film Festival, where he was runner-up for the competition’s Best Director. He has directed for the NBC Scene Showcase and has directed the web series Penelope, PCSA starring Dave Foley. He directed the world premiere of Fixed by Boni B. Alvarez at the Echo Theater Company.
To is currently on faculty at the University of Southern California where he teaches Acting, Digital Media, and Writing for both the undergraduate and graduate programs.
To was inducted into Chicago’s Filipino-American Hall of Fame for his work. He is repped by Buchwald.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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