Opening Act
Tatler Philippines|August 2020
With meaty roles going his way, this Filipino-Canadian actor is definitely a star in the making
Ruben V Nepales

The Good Place star Manny Jacinto is going places. The actor, born in the Philippines to parents from Nueva Ecija, and raised in British Columbia, joins a stellar cast led by Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick. In addition, he cinched his next TV gig with no less than Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy in Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers.

His role as Jason Mendoza, a DJ/ dancer mistaken to be a Taiwanese monk, is a principal character in NBC’s Golden Globe Award-nominated The Good Place, top-billed by Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. Through this role, Jacinto earned acclaim and an increasing number of fans. The series, which ran for four seasons, ended last year.

The actor, who left the Philippines with his family at age three to immigrate to Canada, will play Yao, another principal character, in Nine Perfect Strangers, the adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s 2018 novel of the same name by the television icon David E Kelley.

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