Meet the cast of USA Network’s Graceland

Daniel Sunjata as Paul Briggs, Vanessa Ferlito as Charlie DeMarco, Serinda Swan as Paige Arkin, Brandon Jay McLaren as Dale Jakes, Aaron Tveit as Mike Warren and Manny Montana as Johnny Tuturro in 'Graceland'

Daniel Sunjata as Paul Briggs, Vanessa Ferlito as Charlie DeMarco, Serinda Swan as Paige Arkin, Brandon Jay McLaren as Dale Jakes, Aaron Tveit as Mike Warren and Manny Montana as Johnny Tuturro in ‘Graceland’

With just three episodes aired, Graceland has won over fans of leading actor Aaron Tveit and television fans alike which shows a promising future for the new summer series.

The story is about Mike Warren, a recent graduate of the FBI Academy who is sent to “Graceland,” a house on the beach inhabited by an array of undercover agents on a mission that isn’t quite what it seems.

We’ve had three weeks for the Graceland characters to introduce themselves to us but now it’s time to get to know the familiar and fresh faces behind the characters.

Daniel Sunjata as Paul Briggs in 'Graceland'

Daniel Sunjata as Paul Briggs in ‘Graceland’

Daniel Sunjata is no stranger to television.  He has been seen most recently on NBC’s series Smash, where he played a self-righteous dramaturg.  Sunjata has also had a recurring role on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and a lead role on FX’s series Rescue Me.  A lesser-known fact is that Sunjata is a Broadway veteran having appeared in Cyrano de Bergerac, Take Me Out, and Twelfth Night.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (currently known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette).  His Graceland character, Paul Briggs, is a legendary (and somewhat hippie-ish) FBI agent who acts as leader of the house and mentor to “newbie” agent Mike Warren.

Aaron Tveit as Mike Warren in 'Graceland'

Aaron Tveit as Mike Warren in ‘Graceland’

If you are a follower of all things Broadway you’ve most likely heard of this guy.  Aaron Tveit has appeared on Broadway in Hairspray, Next to Normal, Wicked, and Catch Me If You Can.  He has guest starred on the CW Network’s hit series Gossip Girl, was most recently seen as Enjolras in the musical film adaptation of Les Miserables, and Tveit says his special talent is clapping with one hand.  Tveit’s Graceland character, Mike Warren, is an FBI agent fresh out of the academy who is sent to “Graceland” on a special mission which is revealed at the end of the pilot episode.

Vanessa Ferlito as Charlie DeMarco in 'Graceland'

Vanessa Ferlito as Charlie DeMarco in ‘Graceland’

The stunning Vanessa Ferlito has a history with both television and film.  She has had extensive roles on 24 and CSI: NY, and has appeared in several films including Spider-man 2, Shadowboxer, Death Proof, Madea Goes to Jail, Julie and Julia, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.  Ferlito hails from Brooklyn, New York, where her parents own a hair salon.  Fun fact: she went to hair school and has a license to style.  Another fun fact: despite popular opinion, Ferlito is not Latina.  She’s Italian.  Her Graceland character, Charlie DeMarco, is an FBI agent with a clear case of attitude and a talent for disguise.

Serinda Swan as Paige Arkin in 'Graceland'

Serinda Swan as Paige Arkin in ‘Graceland’

Serinda Swan will appear on Graceland as the sassy but tough DEA Agent Paige Arkin.  Hailing from Canada, Swan grew up accompanying her actress mom to the set of Cousins which prompted her interest in an acting career.  Like her co-star Aaron Tveit, Swan has a few special “talents” up her sleeve.  She can turn her tongue into a clover, force a lazy eye, and she is a skilled poker player.  Swan has appeared on Supernatural, Smallville, and Breakout Kings among other television series in the past.

Manny Montana as Johnny Tuturro in 'Graceland'

Manny Montana as Johnny Tuturro in ‘Graceland’

The impossibly adorable Manny Montana is the only cast member who actually surfs despite many of the characters taking to the waves!  But surfing isn’t the only thing Montana is good at.  He has a degree in Broadcast Journalism and had a run on air at a Los Angeles hip-hop radio station.  He also coaches football at his high school alma mater.  Graceland is Montana’s first regular role on a series, playing spirited FBI Agend Johnny Tuturro.

Brandon Jay McLaren as Dale Jakes in 'Graceland'

Brandon Jay McLaren as Dale Jakes in ‘Graceland’

Also hailing from Canada is Brandon Jay McLaren who plays U.S. Customs Agent Dale Jakes.  McLaren’s character is somewhat hot-tempered yet dedicated, and has a hard time sharing with his housemates.  McLaren has had recurring roles on several television series including The Killing, Being Erica, and Harper’s Island as well as several movies roles.  He wins extra “cool points” for playing Jack Landors, aka the Red Ranger, on the Power Rangers S.P.D. series.

I have every confidence that this cast of talented individuals is going to wow us every single week on this thrilling new series!  Is there any particular cast member you are particularly excited about on the show?  Leave a comment and let me know why!

Check out Graceland on USA Network every Thursday at 10pm.

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