LOS ANGELES - Noted Native American actor Jason Grasl, known for his roles in USA's "White Collar" and the film "The Seminarian," will guest in tonight's episode of "Hot in Cleveland," on TVLand.
The episode, “A Family Affair,” was written by the hit sitcom's creator Suzanne Martin and is set to air at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on TVLand.
“This was a fun role because it pokes fun at the cultural ignorance toward Native Americans and it gives us a chance to educate them about Native American points of view," Grasl said.
Grasl played Gerry, a member of the Greater Ohio Native American Council, who gives Victoria ( Wendie Malick) a lesson on Native American culture. The cast includes series regulars Malick, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Betty White, along with Mylo Ironbear, Larry Omaha, Jeremy Rabb, Karly Rothenberg and Jessica Tripp.
The series tells the story of three 40-something best friends from Los Angeles who relocate to Cleveland after an emergency landing there and decide to stay and celebrate the city which values real women.
"'Since Hot in Cleveland' is a comedy, the comedies I'm really enjoying right now and would love to be on are 'Veep,' 'Silicon Valley,' 'Modern Family,' 'New Girl,' and 'Archer' - I'd love to do a voice for Archer!" he said.
"I usually read for more "white collar" type stuff (lawyer, doctor, detective/agent, successful dad), rather than 'blue collar,', which is more of what the Hot In Cleveland character is."
Grasl is a mixed-blood Native American of Blackfeet heritage, grew up in the Midwest where he took up acting after graduating from college. He later moved to Los Angeles and joined Native Voices at the Autry, the only Equity Native American Theatre in the United States.
He would go on to write plays such as “The Blame of Love,” which starred Cress Williams of the CW’s “Hart of Dixie,” while appearing on such films as “The Seminarian,” “April Fools,” and television shows like “White Collar,” “The Josh Moore Show,” and “Fallout: Nuke Break.”