Fil-Am actor Jacob Batalon drops Ilocano in his new show and it’s a major tribute to his Pinoy roots!

Filipino-American actor Jacob Batalon speaks Ilocano in his TV series “Reginald the Vampire” to surprise his family and honor his Pinoy heritage.

Filipino-American actor Jacob Batalon is never shy about his Pinoy roots, and he’s been showing it off in his Hollywood projects

Remember that iconic scene in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” where his character, Ned, chatted with his “lola” in Filipino while sharing the screen with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield? That was just a taste of his Pinoy pride.

Now, Jacob took it up a notch in his latest gig. In the TV series “Reginald the Vampire,” his character spoke in Ilocano, his mom Vangie Andres’ native tongue.

“They asked me if I speak other language. I said ‘kind of’. I don’t wanna sit there and pretend I’m like fluent in Tagalog or Ilokano,” he spilled the tea in his interview with ABS-CBN News.

Jacob said he didn’t even give his parents a heads up: “I wanted to surprise them when they watch it… My mom is shocked that I did that.” He admitted it was a big deal since he’s not fluent in Ilocano. “I kinda learned through them but they spoke to me mostly in English. I just forced myself to understand what they are saying,” he explained. Jacob was born to Filipino migrant parents, Billy Batalon and Vangie Andres, both from Pangasinan. To honor his mom, Jacob used her surname, “Andres,” for his character Reginald in the series.