There’s one reason to love USA’s long-running series Psych… the handsome and hilarious James Roday, who was named one of TV’s 100 Sexiest Men of 2011 by BuddyTV.com. Here now are 10 other things your never knew about the 36-year-old Mexican American actor, who will be turning 37 this week (April 4)!
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He Decided to Pursue Acting at the “Height” of His Childhood
Like most boys his age, Roday had originally wanted to play sports until he realized that wouldn’t happen. "It was about the time that I discovered that my predominantly Mexican heritage was going to keep me from sprouting much taller than 5'9 and all my athletic dreams came to a bitter, glass shattering end. I was about 12 or 13, so I committed to it pretty early on," said Roday in an interview with About.com.
He Mixes Business with Pleasure!
Roday spends a whole lot of time with his Psych co-star Maggie Lawson. The couple not only share work together on the series; Roday and Lawson have also been dating off-screen since 2006.
He Wants to Play the Ultimate Conspirator on Stage
Roday, who got his star on the stage at New York University, says his dream role is portraying Cassius, one of Julius Caesar’s conspirators, in William Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. “I just don't think I'm there yet. I don't think I'm quite old enough and I don't think I'm ready,” said Roday in an interview with Starpulse.com. “In terms of classical theatre, he's always been my guy. If it's original it would have to be really dark and twisted and really different than what people think of when they think of me.”
He’s Really a Rodriguez
Roday’s real name is James David Rodriguez, but he had to change it because there was already another “James Rodriguez,” a dancer, in the Screen Actors Guild. So how did he come up with his new moniker? “At the time I happened to be doing a production of The Three Sisters at NYU and there was a character in the play—a deserter soldier and his name was Roday” he told Latina.com.
He’s a Multi-Hyphenate
Roday doesn’t just serve as one of the lead actors on Psych; he’s also been responsible for penning and directing several episodes of USA’s long-running series. “I've always wanted to do it all, man,” Roday told Starpulse.com in an interview. “And Psych is, sort of, the golden ticket. It has sped up that, sort of, diversifying process. Acting is certainly my first love but writing and directing has been on the ‘to do’ list for a long time. I'll use the experience I've had on Psych to push as hard as I can and to as much more of it as I can.
He’s a Music Man
During his college years at New York University, Roday was the lead vocalist and keyboard player for the band Dogberry. He and his band mate Riley Berton even paid tribute to The Sundays by recording the band’s single “24 Hours.” That recording can be found on YouTube.
He’s a Dog…
Roday founded the Los Angeles theater company Red Dog Squadron with Brad Raider in 2002. The non-profit theater has produced Henry V, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and Grand Delusion, among others. “By being part of this company, that means that no matter what, I’ll have an outlet to do theatre,” Roday said to WaxahachieTX.com. “Whether that means acting, directing or producing – it simply ensures that I’ll never stray far from my roots.”
He’s Got a History in Wrestling…
No, no… Roday didn’t compete as a professional wrestler. But he did serve as a guest ring announcer for the WWE Raw SuperShow last year. The San Antonio native gave the introduction at the battle between The Miz and CM Punk.
He’s a Beautiful Man
People magazine named Roday to its 100 Most Beautiful People list in 2007. “"I thought it was kind of silly,” admitted Roday about the distinction to About.com. “My friends got a big kick out of it. It was sort of flattering. I did this photo shoot in the middle of the Hollywood Hills, poolside, wearing a tie and no shoes, and two girls in bikini's on either side of me -- yeah, it's a little silly. In all its surrealism, you realize OK, wow, somebody, somewhere has taken enough interest to do this and that feels good."
He Has the King of Pop to Thank for His Success
“He was in the fifth grade, and we had just finished watching Michael Jackson’s music video, “Thriller,’” said Jim Rodriguez, Roday’s father, to WaxahachieTX.com. “When it was done James turned to me and said he was going to be a movie star someday. There was a moment of clarity, and I could tell he was serious. So from that point we got him into piano and voice lessons, and James never lost a talent contest.”