'You never see a dumb Asian on network television': The Good Place's Manny Jacinto on playing against type

Vancouver's own Manny Jacinto talks about getting his breakout role on The Good Place as a character who subverts expectations of Asian characters on TV.
THE GOOD PLACE — “Dance Dance Resolution” Episode 203. Pictured: (l-r) Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, Manny Jacinto as Jianyu, Jameela Jamil as Tehani. (Colleen Hayes/NBC)

NBC's The Good Place is one of the most talked-about sitcoms on network TV right now. It's a quirky comedy about morality, philosophy and the afterlife.

Vancouver's own Manny Jacinto is one of the lead actors. He talks to Tom Power about getting the breakout role and how his character Jason Mendoza subverts expectations of Asian characters we see on screen.

Produced by Elaine Chau


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