One day about 20 years ago, actor Romany Malco was walking down Venice Boulevard, girlfriend and cousin in tow, when he decided to buy a set of fake teeth. He popped them in, kept strolling down the street, started talking like a prison-hardened life coach, and Tijuana Jackson was born. There was magic in that character, he said. That magic ignited just as the Internet opened up new opportunities for content. Tijuana Jackson may predate social media, but once he hit YouTube, he took off running his mouth about everything from the Jonas Brothers to community service. I was not taught the etiquette of pursuing investors. I wanted to use this character to educate this disenfranchised group. Malco talked to The Times about prison humor, the racial disparities of the judicial system and where krumping came from. The following interview has been edited for clarity and condensed. When you listen to the way that the character talks, and you look at the subject matter, and you combine that with his antics and the comedic tone, things are raw.
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Romany Romanic Malco Jr. Malco portrayed Conrad Shepard on the Showtime series Weeds. Malco was born in Brooklyn , New York. Sterling High School. In , he married former ice skater Taryn Dakha, the body double for Jessica Alba. They met in on the set of the film The Love Guru. During an interview on ABC's The Chew , Malco said he "couldn't leave" and that living on the island made him feel he was "living the dream". After high school graduation, Malco formed the rap group R. The group moved to Los Angeles and signed a deal with Virgin Records in The group's name was changed to College Boyz.