Checking in with Reggie Lee
After more than three seasons of being the clueless odd man out, Portland Police Sgt. Drew Wu finally has become part of the inner circle and knows the eerie secrets at the heart of "Grimm," NBC's hit Friday night thriller.
His real-life alter-ego, actor Reggie Lee, couldn't be happier. "I'm certainly working a lot more," he says, laughing. "I'm a little more tired, but the payoff has been great. They've written him well this season. I think fans have been happy with it, and I'm happy with it. Some people on Twitter have been lobbying to get a promotion for Wu. All I can reveal right now is that you will see him in plainclothes. I can't tell you how or why, except that it will be interesting."
The Filipino actor moved as a child with his family to Ohio, where he spent his formative years. When he was 10 or so, he saw Timothy Bottoms playing a cancer-stricken track coach in a TV movie called "A Shining Season" and was so moved that he told his parents he wanted to become an actor. They said no, but years later, while starring in an independent film called "Chinaman's Chance: America's Other Slaves," Lee found himself working opposite Bottoms, who was playing his character's adoptive American father.
"It just felt like such a full-circle thing, meeting him, since he was kind of the person who got it all started," Lee says. "He is such a wonderful human being. He has this inner sadness that is so prevalent in many of his films. He's just a very emotional person. That was definitely one of the highlights of my career so far."
A musical theater veteran, Lee admits that he and his "Grimm" colleagues would love to do a musical episode at some point.
Born: Reggie Valdez in Oct. 1974 in Quezon City, Philippines. He eventually adopted his grandparents' surname, Lee, professionally because he kept getting submitted for Hispanic roles.
Family matters: Two younger brothers, one a musician, the other a comic-book artist
Early credits: A national tour of "Miss Saigon," dancing for Prince on the MTV Video Music Awards, a role in the acclaimed 1994 Broadway revival of "Carousel"
You may remember him as: Secret Service Special Agent Bill Kim on "Prison Break" and Ross, the heroic Gotham City cop gunned down by one of Bane's thugs in "The Dark Knight Rises"