Jai Rodriguez

Jai, the Emmy Award-winning television host and Broadway singer/performer, began his career at age 18 when he was cast in the role of Angel in the critically acclaimed Broadway musical RENT. He continued his Broadway career, appearing in shows including The Producers and Spinning Into Butter, and he created and performed the title role of Zanna in the Off-Broadway sensation, Zanna, Don’t!. In tandem with his Broadway career, Jai became a star in the firmament of New York City nightlife when he created his long-running Twisted Cabaret, a concert series that ran for three consecutive years at Club XL, one of New York City’s most notable hotspots.

Most recognized for his role in Bravo’s culturally-groundbreaking series, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, Jai created a niche role on the Emmy Award-winning series as the ‘Culture Vulture,’ a youthfully-savvy addition to the show’s already dynamic cast. Working regularly as an authority in culture and style, Jai has hosted for a veritable grab-bag of lifestyle entertainment programming including Styleyes Miami (SiTv), America’s Prom Queen (ABC Family),Ultimate Style (Style Network), two consecutive season’s of Groomer Has It (Animal Planet), and Model Latina (SiTv). He was also an ABC official pre-show host for the 2009 American Music Awards.

In the past few years Jai returned to TV in dramatic roles on Detroit 187 and Days Of Our Lives.   He also played Wayne Brady’s husband Tom on the CBS hit, How I Met Your Mother.  Other roles include guest star appearances on NBC’s Are You There Chelsea?, FOX’sBones, and as a transgender woman Amanda Knott on NBC’sHARRYS LAW.

Jai stared as “Geoffrey” on ABCs comedy Malibu Country opposite Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin making him the first male to garner fame from a reality series to become a series regular on Network TV.  This past Christmas Jai stared opposite Kelly Clarkson in her NBC Christmas Special; Kelly Clarksons Cautionary Christmas Tale.

A dynamic vocalist, Jai has had the honor of sharing the stage singing duets with musical legends like Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Brian McKnight, Taylor Dayne and Michelle Williams. Jai was featured in Lady Gaga’s video, “Telephone,” featuring Beyoncé.

Jai has done regular acting work, guest-starring on LOGO’S series,Rick and Steve, FX’s Nip/Tuck, and Teen Nick’s GIGANTIC.  He played the role of Angelo Ferraro, a leading cast member, in the 2009 feature film Oy Vey My Son Is Gay!! alongside Carmen Electra and Lanie Kazan. The film was an Official Selection at film festivals worldwide and garnered critical praise, winning several awards in various categories.

Jai continues to develop his professional musical endeavors both in and out of the recording studio and has performed his one-man shows XPOSED, My Truth, and Dirty Little Secrets in Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego and New York.

Jai joined the cast of The Horizon Series (the world’s most viewed gay web series) in Sydney, Australia as Richie Valentine, an American cabaret star.   He can be seen opposite Nick Jonas as Dr Diego Diaz in Direct TV’s drama, KINGDOM.  Most recently Jai wrapped production on Kiss Me, Kill Me, an film noir murder mystery where he plays rookie detective Noah Santos. He can also be seen opposite Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston in the Netflix series, , as well as opposite Kristen Bell in Disney’s hit sitcom, Liv and Maddie.

Jai continues to be an advocate for issues he is passionate about, working with organizations like the NOH8 Campaign, AIDS WALK, Project Angel Food, the Trevor Project and Love is Louder campaign which fights bullying.