In 'Reginald the Vampire,' Jacob Batalon plays the title role, an unlikely hero who's navigating his newfound undead life while also dealing with a bully at his workplace and pining for the girl he loves.
"I think for me being a person of color in the industry, I think that we all sort of have that share of struggle of being placed in a box. And I will say that our show is really good metaphor for that sort of idealism that society has about the way we look, judges the way we are perceived in life. So I carry that with me all the time, but I I try not to let that stop me from doing what I want and letting me succeed in things that I want to succeed in," Batalon said.
The actor also shared that it has been exciting and fun playing a Filipino vampire in the comedy-horror tv series.
Batalon was born and raised in Hawaii to Filipino parents, and his character's last name was based on his real-life mother Eva Andres.
In an episode of 'Reginald the Vampire,' Reginald was also proudly talking about his love for Filipino food.
"It was a very beautiful thing. Filipinos especially, we're not really seen in the media the way that we deserve to be. A lot of AAPI people absolutely need to be seen and heard and understood more. And it was a very big deal. I was very, very proud to have really put that in the show, and I hope people eat more lumpia and pansit," he said.
Batalon's breakout role was Ned Leeds, the bestfriend of Tom Holland's Spider-Man in the blockbuster movies of Sony and Marvel. It was also his first audition.
At the time, dreaming of a Hollywood career was something he didn't fully divulge even to his own mother.
Batalon spoke about the time he and his mother went to a talent convention. "It was like a talent convention that they have in LA and she had no idea what we were getting into but she's really happy now."
'Reginald the Vampire' is based on the book series by Johnny B. Truant. It premieres on October 5 on SyFy.