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NEWS | Dec. 5, 2016

Army Reserve Soldier makes his way to the big screen

By Sgt. Russell Toof 99th Regional Support Command

Earlier this year, Rodney Roldan endured a heated confrontation with white supremacists, one of whom happened to be an undercover FBI agent.

Just a normal day when you’re a Hollywood actor.

Roldan had a small part in this year’s film “Imperium” starring Daniel Radcliffe, who is known for playing Harry Potter.

“Working with Daniel Radcliffe was a really great experience. He was not only very professional, but also very friendly and a great person to converse with,” said Roldan. “During the filming of the scene where he says racial slurs at me and we get into an argument, he would apologize to me after every take.”

Roldan, who lives in New York, is also an Army Reserve Soldier with the 361st Press Camp Headquarters stationed at Fort Totten in Queens, New York. He became a public affairs specialist after beginning his military career as an electricians mate in the Navy and has been deployed four times.

Roldan started acting on his last year of active duty in the Navy in 2004. He became a member of Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists after landing a co-starring role on the WB show "One Tree Hill." Some of his other acting credits include the critically-acclaimed HBO show “The Wire” and the 2011 series “A Gifted Man” which starred Patrick Wilson.

He is currently attending the two-year conservatory program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City.

“Acting, as well as being in the service, are two things that I have a passion for I would love to act for the rest of my life because after a certain point I need to retire from the Army," he said.

“Something that I have been told over the years is that directors would appreciate service members in film and television because of their discipline,” he said “The military has taught me to never quit and not look at failures as the ending of something, but as a learning lesson so that you rise up and succeed the second time around. This is the mentality you need in this career field.”