USC drama professor leads with diversity in class and on screen

Rodney To

Rodney To discusses the significance of the big screen comedy Easter Sunday, in which he co-stars with a cast of fellow Filipino Americans.

After a special screening of the recently released comedy Easter Sunday on Thursday, USC School of Dramatic Arts Assistant Professor Rodney To asked an audience of more than 200 students to raise their hand if they had ever seen a Filipino family at the center of a major studio-backed feature film before.

Not a single hand inside of the Ray Stark Family Theatre went up.

“This is why the movie was made,” said To, who has a supporting role in the film starring comic Jo Koy. “The reason Jo pitched this is because of that. He could have pitched a buddy comedy, he could have pitched something that was a little more studio friendly. I think that was really pretty heroic.”

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