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Episode 1 - "I'm not a scientist but I play one on TV" with Tina Huang and Malcolm Barrett


In this inaugural episode entitled “I’m not a scientists but I play on TV,” I interview actors Tina Huang and Malcolm Barrett.

Tina and Malcolm are your quintessential working actors, often appearing in scene stealing supporting roles.

You may know Tina from her recurring role as Senior Criminalist Susie Chang on TNT’s hit show Rizzoli & Isles. 

Tina has also appeared on Law & Order:LA, Hollywood Heights, The Kroll Show, The Office, General Hospital, Numbers, Chuck, House M.D., CSI, Criminal Minds and Castle, among others. Tina's also a writer developing her own TV shows.

Malcolm played Lem Hewitt, a lab scientist on ABC’s comedy Better off Ted.

He has appeared in numerous films including Larry Crowne, Peeples, The academy award winning The Hurt Locker, and the critically acclaimed film Dear White People. His TV credits include The Sopranos, Law and Order, Kroll Show and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia among many others. Malcolm is also a musician and rap artists both in solo projects and in the eclectic hip-hop, soul, rock group Sin City.

Both raised in New York City, Tina and Malcolm met as classmates studying theater at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and they remain active in theater as founding members of Ammunition theater company in Los Angeles.

They recently worked together on the web series Nerd Court, which settles nerd arguments in the style of the peoples court. Malcolm plays the Judge. Tina Guest Stars in an episode as one of the litigants.

I wanted to know what it’s like to play scientists on TV and to expose them as the nerds that they are.