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Actors Land Big Roles on the Small Screen

 

April 25, 2016


Three alumni from the Conservatory of Theatre’s Acting Program have landed starring roles on hit television shows—and garnered critical acclaim along the way.


MALCOLM GOODWIN ’03
plays Clive Babineaux in iZombie
CW

iZombie, "Max Wager" / Image Number: ZMB207a_8915.jpg / Pictured (L-R): Rose McIver as Liv and Malcolm Goodwin as Clive / Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Goodwin stars as a police detective alongside coroner and zombie Liv, played by Rose McIver, whose “psychic” ability is really just information gained from consuming brains. Goodwin is pictured above with fellow acting alum Steven Weber ’83, who played the antagonist Vaughn Du Clark opposite Goodwin in Season Two.

The CW renewed iZombie for a third season; the air date has yet to be announced.

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Goodwin appears in LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem music video. And, see him while still at Purchase, in a 2001 performance of Dopey in Gilead.

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JASON RALPH ’10
plays Quentin Coldwater in The Magicians
SyFy

Quentin (Jason Ralph '10) learns that he has magical powers in the premiere of The Magicians, which is now streaming online for free. / Photo: SYFY

Jason Ralph ’10 plays a leading role as an awkward guy who discovers the depth and power of magic. He’s appeared in several television series and films and on Broadway.

Look for Season Two of The Magicians to air in 2017.

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Ralph also serves as artistic director for his theater company, Strangemen & Co., which produced the off-Broadway hit The Woodsman, currently playing to rave reviews at New World Stages. Classmate James Ortiz ’10 created and stars in the origin story of L. Frank Baum’s character the Tin Man.

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CONSTANCE WU ’05
plays Jessica Huang in Fresh Off the Boat
ABC

ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat stars Randall Park as Louis Huang, Forrest Wheeler as Emery Huang, Constance Wu '05 as Jessica Huang, Hudson Yang as Eddie Huang and Ian Chen as Evan Huang. / Photo: ABC/Bob D’Amico.

ABC cast Constance Wu ’05 to star in Fresh Off the Boat in 2014, a comedy based on Eddie Huang’s memoir revealing the culture shock of a Taiwanese-immigrant family following their move to the suburbs of Orlando, Florida.

Fresh Off the Boat has been renewed; the air date for Season Three has yet to be announced.

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Lately, she’s emerged as a strong voice denouncing systemic racism in Hollywood, calling out the controversial casting of Scarlett Johansson as a beloved Japanese character in the upcoming feature Ghost in the Shell, among others.

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Top: Robert Buckley; Steven Weber ’83; Malcolm Goodwin ’03; and Rose McIver in the CW’s iZombie (Photo: Via Twitter @MalcomJGoodwin)

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iZombie, “Max Wager” / Image Number: ZMB207a_8915.jpg / Pictured (L-R): Rose McIver as Liv and Malcolm Goodwin as Clive / Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Quentin (Jason Ralph ’10) learns that he has magical powers in the premiere of The Magicians, which is now streaming online for free. / Photo: SYFY

ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat stars Randall Park as Louis Huang, Forrest Wheeler as Emery Huang, Constance Wu ’05 as Jessica Huang, Hudson Yang as Eddie Huang and Ian Chen as Evan Huang. / Photo: ABC/Bob D’Amico.