JayR Tinaco was born on 4th January 1991 in Manila, Philippines, while he was raised in Queensland, Australia. The actor is best known for Rake (2010), Always Be My Maybe (2019), and Another Life (2019).
The Australian actor spent several years working in the hospitality industry in Sydney. Tinaco identifies as non-binary and prefers the pronouns “they” or “he.”
Stars as Zayn Petrossian in the Netflix series ‘Another Life’
Astronaut Niko Breckenridge and her young crew face unimaginable danger as they go on a high-risk mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact.
JayR Tinaco plays the role of Zayn Petrossian, Salvare’s medic in all 10 episodes of Netflix’s Another Life. The rest of the main cast includes Katee Sackhoff, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, Blu Hunt, A.J. Rivera, Jake Abel, Alex Ozerov, Alexander Eling, Lina Renna, Selma Blair, and Elizabeth Ludlow.
JayR Tinaco as Zayn Petrossian in the Netflix sci-fi drama ‘Another Life.’
The first season of Another Life was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, from 20th August 2018 to 20th November 2018. The show was renewed for a 10-episode second season by Netflix in October 2019.
JayR Tinaco Wiki/Bio/Career – What’s His Net Worth?
JayR Tinaco’s net worth is estimated to be $150,000.
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JayR Tinaco made his acting debut with the minor role of Trapped student for a couple of episodes in an Australian soap opera Home and Away (2009). This was followed by credits in a few short movies, Your Life Again (2012), Showboy (2014), and The Wake (2015). The same year, he starred as Dan in a romantic sports drama Drown (2015).
In 2016, the actor portrayed the character as Qi for a couple of episodes in an Australian TV series Rake. Three years later, Tinaco played the role of Saintly Fare Host in an American romantic comedy film Always Be My Maybe (2019). Most recently, he featured as Stevie in an American family drama A Million Little Things (2020).
JayR Tinaco’s net worth is estimated at $500,000.
‘Another Life’ Helped JayR Tinaco Come Out as Non-Binary
The Netflix series Another Life not only helped JayR Tinaco cement himself as an actor, in fact, the show also provided him a platform to discover himself.
Following lots of drawn-out auditions, close calls, and knockbacks, the actor couldn’t have anticipated how quickly he would manage to secure the breakout role in the science fiction series Another Life. Speaking to SBS Pride, the actor said:
The audition process for Another Life was actually pretty quick. I had the initial audition, which was followed by one callback. They auditioned all over the US and Canada, seeing hundreds of actors for each role.
Despite a callback, the actor was convinced he failed to impress the showrunners; strangely enough, because he believed he portrayed the character too passionately.
Tinaco said, “I remember just talking a lot about Zayn and having a strong opinion about hir. I just felt a tremendous connection with this character, that when they were giving me notes, I felt obliged to disagree if I didn’t feel Zayn would make that particular choice.”
The actor added, “After leaving the callback, I called my managers to let them know I had ‘royally f**ked it up.’ I was not expecting to get a call, but a week later, my managers told me that I had booked the role. It was truly a surreal feeling. I just cried and then got a bottle of champagne.”
The character Tinaco plays on Another Life is an in-house psychologist named Zayn, a non-binary gender, who goes by the pronouns’ ze’ or ‘hir’. This portrayal helped JayR reflect on his own identity. “It’s so interesting to me because playing Zayn really has led me to understand and realize my own non-binary identity.”
The actor believes he always felt he’s never been completely male or female, and he never understood the reason behind it.
Although Zayn’s identity was crucial to the plot, it was not supposed to be the topic of conversation in the story. Creator Aaron Martin ensured this was to be the case since the show takes place 6-7 decades into the future, and he believed the LGBTQ+ community would be free to express their gender without any thoughts by then, just like any cis-person.
I loved this about Zayn’s story and it truly is my dream to live in a world just like that. So, if anything, Zayn brought more to me and my personal life than I brought to hir.
Talking about his own gender identity outside the reel life, Tinaco clarifies:
I still identify with the pronouns He/His/Him in my personal life, but I have friends that call me 'They' or even 'she' and I’m okay with that.
The actor concludes, “It’s all about conversation, it’s learning process for everyone, and I’m happy to be here to help educate and bring awareness.”
Tinaco weighs in on the subject of Representation on TV
JayR Tinaco, who belongs to Filipino descent and grew up in rural North Queensland, provided his take on the topic of representation while speaking to SBS.
The actor believes it’s crucial to see “all walks of life” on the screens. The media is undoubtedly a massive influence on the lives of the general audience, and to see yourself on screen is extremely powerful, especially for young people.
I remember growing up and not having anyone that I could relate to. It alienates you and for a young kid in a small country town, that can end up being pretty dangerous.
The actor added,
I remember in my late high school years, I would watch Queers as Folk on SBS at like 1 am on a school night - I loved seeing other LGBTQ+ characters.
Tinaco continued, “I related to them and didn’t feel alone or like a freak or a weirdo. It gave me comfort to continue on through my life, I felt like I was going to be okay.”
The Another Life star revealed fans have been extremely grateful by his portrayal of Zayn, and he’s received lots of appreciative messages on social media. The 31-year-old stated he’d continue to represent and inspire as his heart couldn’t be filled with more love.