Jai Rodriguez is headed to the Eastside…
The 40-year half-Puerto Rican actor, musician and former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy talent, will appear in the fourth and final season of Kit Williamson’s Emmy-nominated LGBTQ series Eastsiders, which will be available on Netflix on December 1.
Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $140,000 from fans, Eastsiders, a co-production with Wolfe Video returns for a fourth season that picks up with the Silver Lake gang one year later. Executive produced by Williamson and his husband John Halbach, who also star, the six-episode Season 4 tackles heavy, adult-world questions like how do two human beings make love last? What does commitment really look like in a long-term relationship? And what unique challenges does a “gay marriage” present?
Cal (Williamson) and Thom are back home from Season 3’s cross-country road trip, still a couple but wondering if they are really just best friends with benefits. Douglas (Willam Belli) and Quincy (Stephen Guarino) are engaged to be married, but with very different ideas about what a gay wedding should be. Hillary (Brianna Brown) and Ian (Halbach) are cohabiting peacefully; and Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke) have taken a huge step in their relationship by fostering a child.
New cast additions in Season 4 include Jake Choi (laying Thom’s editor Clifford, who makes him question the trajectory of his relationship; Hailee Sahar and Tom Lenk as Derrick’s co-workers and confidantes at the hospital; Daniel Newman guest starring as a playboy with a heart of gold; Lin Shaye as Quincy’s conservative mother, who he fears will judge Douglas for performing in drag; and Bryan Battmaking an appearance as Cal’s estranged father Richard, whose sudden return challenges Cal’s relationship with his mother Valerie, played by Traci Lords.
RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Manila Luzon and Katya Zomoldova appear as members of Douglas’ all-star bridal party, with social media stars Max Emerson and Chris Salvatore (Eating Out) and Rodriguez rounding out his production crew to document the ceremony and amplify his burgeoning Internet celebrity.
Additional guest stars include Brea Grant, Satya Bhabha, Jolly Abraham, Seth Daniel, adult film star Adam Ramzi, drag performers Marta Beatchu and Biqtch Pudding, and social media stars Mark Kanemura, RJ Aguiar, Andres Camilo, Rick Twombley-King and Griff Twombley-King.