Crazy Ex-Girl­friend

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Sea­son 1 Vuzu AMP (*103) 20:00 Vin­cent Ro­driguez plays Josh Chan, the ob­ject of de­sire for Crazy Ex-Girl­friend’s (2015-cur­rent) Re­becca Bunch (Rachel Bloom). Josh is a per­fectly nice, or­di­nary dude – not ex­actly the kind of per­son you’d ex­pect to in­spire Rachel’s em­bar­rass­ing lev­els of ob­ses­sion. Not that the show’s re­ally about him. “Josh is an idea, fol­low­ing a time when you were happy. That’s what is hap­pen­ing here,” ex­plains Vin­cent. So who is Vince?

Josh was orig­i­nally de­scribed as 1

“an Asian Bro” but that changed to “Filipino-Amer­i­can” to re­flect Vin­cent’s her­itage af­ter he was cast. His sur­name also changed from Chang to Chan.

Josh is Vin­cent’s TV break­out role 2

but he’s got 12 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in mu­si­cal the­atre to his name. For his au­di­tion, he played gui­tar and rapped 2Pac’s 2002 song Thug Man­sion.

The 30-some­thing-year-old “ugly3

cried” when he got the call to tell him that he’d been cast… just as he was about to go on stage for a show.

Per­for­mance-crazy Vince doesn’t 4

just act dance and sing. “My Special Skills [on my ré­sumé] is re­ally long and vast. I can play mul­ti­ple in­stru­ments [piano, clar­inet, drums], I love acapella, I love bar­ber­shop, I love magic,” he says.

He cred­its his three big sis­ters (who 5

were all born in Manila, while he was born in San Fran­cisco) for his ca­reer path. “My sis­ters are all smart, mu­si­cally tal­ented and into the­atre. I had re­ally pow­er­ful role models grow­ing up.” He’s ac­tu­ally Vin­cent Ro­driguez III – his late dad and grand­dad were both Vin­cents.

Vin­cent ad­mits that he’s more like 6

Josh than not. “There’s such a crazy par­al­lel be­tween my char­ac­ter and who I am. From Josh’s per­son­al­ity, his fam­ily and friends and how he grew up – it’s kind of scary.” NB! See more on p78.

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