If you are a fan of NBC The right place, you, like the rest of us, fell in love with the eccentric Jason Mendoza. Who could forget his iconic one-liners? We can thank Manny Jacinto and his talent for making Jason a layered, funny and memorable character who brought us all so much joy. As Manny and I begin our Zoom call, I am immediately put at ease by his calm and welcoming energy. “I like your glasses,” I say, to which he compliments mine.
As we move into our conversation, I feel like Jacinto is a thoughtful rising star who takes great care in balancing his growing spotlight and maintaining a heartwarming level of intimacy in his personal life. Before, Jacinto discusses her skincare routine (it’s really a good one), her wellness practices and her latest project, Nine perfect strangers, which premiered on Hulu in August.
What’s your skin care routine? Have you a?
I have to give my fiancee all the credit because she’s the one with the pristine skin. She was the one who knew how to guide me through everything. In terms of skin care, it’s been a journey for sure, as I was a kid with pretty bad skin. I went through the whole Accutane phase and did some really drastic things to try to reduce acne. But, right now, I’m using a Belif cleanser to wipe everything off. Next, I use Tower 28’s SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray ($ 28). It’s something that really calms the inflammation. Next, I use Tatcha’s Violet-C Brightening Serum ($ 88). It was a game-changer in terms of parties. And also, vitamin C is great for antioxidants and tries to get rid of those free radicals. Then I use Belif’s Eye Moisturizer ($ 48) and Laneige’s Face Moisturizer.
Okay, this is a solid routine!
Yes. Very peculiar. And then the last thing is the sunscreen. I use Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protective Sunscreen SPF 50 ($ 69). I always try to use SPF 50, especially here in LA. The only thing that changes for my nighttime routine is that I take out the sunscreen and Vitamin C. Maybe I will replace it with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence ($ 99). When I work I’m usually quite stressed and don’t get much sleep, and I’m prone to blemishes and acne and so on, so I need something more drastic, which is iS Active Serum Clinical. .
Do you find that when you work out, your diet is also a big part of it?
Absoutely. I started hauling a HydroFlask every day since the third season of The right place. That’s 64 ounces. I try to drink a gallon a day, so two a day. While doing this, I noticed that my mind is much clearer. My skin is much softer because of the water intake. I also try to stay away from the sugar when I shoot. I have a big sweet tooth so this can be tempting. But I try to avoid sugar, especially processed sugar, as I feel it affects my ability to memorize lines and even be present with people.
It is good practice. Because wellness is a big part of this new show, do you have any daily rituals or practices that you start or end your day with?
Absoutely. I wake up and eat Chaga mushrooms. It’s an adaptogen, and it comes in the form of drops. I put two drops in my mouth, and it’s just going to calm me down from the jump. Then I drink a large pot of lemon water to clarify matters. After that I will try to meditate for 10 minutes. This is how I try to start every day. Sometimes I wake up, and someone calls me, and my routine is at the door.
How did you get into meditation? I’m just getting started, and I know it can be hard to train the mind not to ask questions.
I am a great self-help absorber. I’m a sucker for anything self-help. Whether it is through podcasts or books, I have noticed that many creators and people in their fields have done amazing things. The common thread is that they meditate. They take the time to focus and clear their mind so that they can approach the day however they want rather than being pulled in different directions.
Do you have any hobbies that help you practice mindfulness?
Exercise. Lifting weights or doing cardio is big, but I think one of the most important things inside is [my] exercise routine is yoga. There might be some detractors about this, but hot yoga, in particular, has been very beneficial to me because I like to sweat. And if I can’t seem to get into a hot yoga session, I go to the sauna. For some reason after sweating I feel calm and less anxious and open.
I don’t know what you can say about your character on the show, but can you tell us a little more about Yao?
Yao acts as the moral compass or the right arrow in the Tranquil trio. So within the trio, there’s Masha who is played by Nicole Kidman, there’s Delilah, played by Tiffany Boone, and then myself. So, within this trio, Yao is the one who tries to prevent the ship from sinking. But then he has his inner conflicts and demons that he faces in his interactions with Masha and Delilah. This little triangle has its own set of conflicts, and there is some turbulence in this trio’s relationship. But, at the same time, he must keep a straight face and keep it together for the nine complete strangers.
What was it like working with the cast of actors?
I don’t know if that’s cliché to say, but being with these vets and professionals was a masterclass. you have nicole [Kidman, who is] mainly drama but can also do comedy. And you have Mélissa [McCarthy, who is] mostly comedy but can kill drama, you know? And then you have Michael [Shannon], which does it all. And you take it all in. You’re just trying to absorb and try to be in their space. It was a dream to be able to work with all these people. And it was a fair dream to be able to choose their brains and speak to them as human beings.
What brings you joy at the moment?
Our dog. We adopted it during the pandemic. It’s a pandemic baby. But she is older. She is middle aged. The presence and joy that the dog gives you is quite amazing. Do you have a dog yourself, Bianca? Do you have pets?
I have a family dog in Atlanta and miss him all the time. But I think I will eventually adopt a dog.
Yes, so many of them need a home. I am sure you will be able to find one that will bring you so much joy.