Jai has three tattoos: a Celtic cross on his right bicep, a Koi fish on his left bicep, and the words "Live Truth" in black on the back of his neck.
In October 2006 Jai moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music career.
Acted in the movie The New Guy (2002) as Jose, the drag queen prisoner.
Acted in the movie The Producers (2005) as Sabu the Houseboy.
Jai is half Puerto Rican (on his father's side) and half Italian (on his mother's side). He was raised by his mother and his maternal grandparents.
Between November 2005 and January 2006 (while Queer Eye was on hiatus), Jai appeared on Broadway in The Producers, playing Carmen Ghia.
Jai has three dogs, teacup Yorkies named Nemo, Dory and Gidget, a frog, parrots, and various fish and mice. Nemo and Dory his parrot and one of his mice have appeared on Queer Eye, and Gidget appeared on Kathy Griffin: MY Life on the D List.
Jai started his singing career performing with his local church choir at Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle.
Jai is the "little brother" of the Fab Five, being the youngest of them by almost ten years.
Before appearing on Queer Eye, Jai starred in the Broadway Musical "Rent" playing the character Angel.
Before appearing on Queer Eye, Jai starred in an Off-Broadway show called Zanna, Don't!
Jai on his true passion: I have been singing and performing since I was a kid. I was starring in a Broadway show before Queer Eye and would love to get back to that life soon. I am a performer first and foremost. I love Queer Eye with all my heart but if I never give another makeover when its all said and done that would be too soon. I love theatre and performing is my first love. - Houston Voice, February 2005.
Jai on Rent: Rent changed my life! I grew so much as a person. It taught me about accepting myself and embracing those who are different. I am so grateful for what I have been given and Rent has shown me how to appreciate it. I like bringing smiles to people's faces. I love telling the story of someone who's terminally ill, but still is gonna enjoy every minute of life. I lost two family members to AIDS, Aunt Joanne and cousin Rico, and I felt they chose to live their lives that way, so my doing the show is almost a tribute to them. - Playbill.com, August 2004.
Jai on being Latino: I grew up with the last name Rodriguez, and I was discriminated against because of it. It's harder; there are not a lot of roles for you, and you constantly have to fight to not talk with an accent. I started off auditioning for "Javier from Brooklyn": the Hispanic guy with lots of tattoos. I was like, "You choose to see me as a Latino person who only represents a portion of the Latino community." I was really upset that we were so misrepresented in the media. It is our differences that make us unique, but I was still left stuck in the middle a lot of times. I'm the only ethnic person in the Fab 5, and I am the voice of ethnicity in our group, so it's nice to represent people who I feel have not been represented enough. Now everything Latin is so hot, and for us it's like, finally! - Hispanic, November 2004.
Jai on being a role model for the gay community: [As an out gay man] I can look someone in the eye and know who I am. Hopefully that can give people the courage to come out and be true to themselves. With anyone who has felt prejudice, you have to hold onto what you're entitled to, and that's equality. I can't represent every gay person, but for someone who feels like they're being misrepresented, I would say to just speak up; don't try to be something you're not to please other people. Keep true to yourself and always remember to love yourself. - The Windy City Times, October 2004.