On the Portland set, Reggie is engaged in his most Filipino project to date. The March 7, 2014 episode revolves around Sergeant Wu and an Aswang, a shape-shifting cannibal straight out of the Philippines’ canon of nightmares.
Asked whether the Aswang is a psycho-cultural invention of a people who know death intimately from past invasions and natural disasters, Reggie replied, “I believe, specifically with the island regions, that these tales exist to protect the people on the island from being taken over by much larger countries. I certainly remember periods of time as a kid in the Philippines being afraid of monsters and death. So when the creators of ‘GRIMM’ asked if there were any Filipinos tales, I said, ‘Are there!’ They centered the Aswang tale around my character, and boy, did I relate! All those memories of sleeping in my bed with the kulambo (Tagalog for mosquito net) over me, afraid of monsters, came flooding back.”
Mr. Greenwalt and Mr. Kouf added, “It was important for us to do a story that touched on his Filipino culture and Reggie was a major part of choosing the right story. Having him as a collaborator helped us tell a story that we hope the Filipino community feels is authentic and exciting.”
The Aswang story is both a tribute to Filipino folklore and a professional breakthrough for Reggie. The episode adds backstory to the Sergeant Wu character for the kind of sophistication that challenges Reggie’s acting chops.
“You will see a lot of development in the Aswang episode and beyond,” he said. “It’s a gift really to have the pleasure of experiencing it for a third year now. The character is feeling incredibly real because of time.”"
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