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Vanessa Kai

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Vanessa Kai is best known for her work on the CW’s hit series “Kung Fu.” She is a native New Yorker and a first generation Chinese American. She began her professional training as a drama student at Fiorello LaGuardia High School Of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

With numerous theater credits, she was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as “Ruby” in the sold-out, extended world premiere of “KPOP,” an Off-Broadway, immersive musical event produced by Ars Nova.

Before “Kung Fu”, Vanessa appeared in a number of other television series and films, including “New Amsterdam”, “Orange Is the New Black”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, “The Blacklist”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, and “Madam Secretary.” Off-screen, Vanessa is an advocate for Asian representation in the entertainment industry and has spoken out about the need for more diverse storytelling.


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Christopher Rivas

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Christopher Rivas is an actor, author, podcaster, and storyteller best known for his on-screen work on the Fox series, CALL ME KAT. In addition, he hosts two podcasts on SiriusXM’s Stitcher: Rubirosa, a limited series about the life of Porfirio Rubirosa, and a weekly show, Brown Enough (premieres September 28, 2022). Rivas is simultaneously authoring a book, BROWN ENOUGH, that Row House Publishing is slated to release on October 11, 2022. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Expressive Arts for Global Health & Peace Building from The European Graduate School and a Rothschild Social Impact fellow. Rivas resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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  • Adam Ruins Everything
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  • Mi Casa Mi Casa
  • SEAL Team
  • Grey’s Anatomy
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Tyler Labine currently stars on the NBC series New Amsterdam as Dr. Iggy Frome, an attending child psychiatrist who likes to think outside the box but is continually beaten down by the hospital system. The show is a huge hit for NBC and is currently filming its third season. Tyler can also be seen on the new season of the BBC America series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, starring opposite Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett as Sherlock Hobbs, the overly enthusiastic small-town sheriff.

Previously, Tyler starred as Kevin Pacalioglu on the Hulu/Lionsgate TV breakout comedy series Deadbeat for three seasons. Prior to Deadbeat, Tyler was a series regular on NBC’s Animal Practice, CBS’ Mad Love, FX’s Sons of Tucson, ABC’s Invasion and The CW’s Reaper. Tyler is also the voice of Hunk on the DreamWorks Animation series Voltron for Netflix.

On the big screen, Tyler has starred alongside Alan Tudyk in the cult classic horror-comedy Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. His additional credits include The Boss, Little Evil, Rise of The Planet of The Apes, A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy and Flyboys. He can also be seen in the independent films Little Star, opposite Analeigh Tipton, Someone Marry Barry and Killing Winston Jones.

Most recently, Tyler can be seen in Sony Pictures feature film Escape Room, produced by Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur, starring opposite Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Wall and Taylor Russell. The film opened in theaters last year.


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