How does John Reyes describe his new Netflix show Russian Doll? It’s about time and death, he says. Created by Leslye Headland, the series revolves around Nadia (Natasha Lyonne), who dies on her 36th birthday only to find herself living the same day over and over again—including her death at the end of every loop. John Reyes Explains His Role In Russian Doll

Who Is Actor Yul Vasquez?

Yul Vasquez is most well-known for his role as John Reyes in Netflix’s smash hit, Russian Doll. Born in Havana, Cuba on May 16th, 1974, Vasquez moved to New York City at age four and later relocated to Miami. He attended college at Florida International University where he graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. This was followed by an MFA from NYU Tisch School of Theatre and Film where he graduated as a Henry Crown Fellow.

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How Did He Get Into Acting?

Yul Vazquez tells TheWrap about his transition from career as a Realtor to an actor and appearing in Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’. Yul Vazquez describes how he studied film at NYU for two years before finally giving up on it in his junior year and studying real estate instead. A friend then told him to go see a play of hers, which is when he fell in love with theater again.

Advice For The Next Generation

I think we’re at a point where we need to look forward more than back. [At 15 years old] I didn’t get asked to play those roles, and now I have a window of opportunity that says ‘Hey, get it while you can.’ So as an actor, take advantage of these opportunities—you never know what might come your way down the line. —Yul Vazquez, Actor – Russian Doll (season 1)

Background on Russian Doll

John Reyes is a New York City-based actor with numerous credits under his belt, including The Night Of and Blue Bloods. However, he’s best known for his role as Nadia’s ex-boyfriend John in Netflix’s hit series Russian Doll. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should definitely check it out—it’s a great show! To get to know more about Reyes’ character, we sat down with him to discuss how he got involved in Russian Doll and what it was like working on such an innovative show. Here are some of our favorite quotes from our interview: It was an amazing experience to be part of something so different…I think that people will be talking about [Russian Doll] for years to come.

John Reyes Explains His Role In Russian Doll
John Reyes Explains His Role In Russian Doll

How was it working with Natasha Lyonne?

Not only because of her talent and great sense of humor, but also because she’s so passionate about what she does. I was like, you don’t have to do anything to make me believe that you’re heartbroken in some way or another, he continued.

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Fun Questions

Nadia’s ex-boyfriend, Yul Vazquez, spoke with Deadline about his role in Russian Doll: a high-end real estate agent and Nadia’s (Natasha Lyonne) ex-boyfriend who is currently in the process of divorcing his wife. He recently came to New York to visit an apartment he was trying to sell that he believed his buyer wanted—only to find out they were also interested in him.

Yul Vazquez as John Reyes

John is Nadia’s ex-boyfriend, who she runs into while at a party. When they re-connect, it becomes clear that there are feelings still there between them. John is on his way to becoming an entertainment lawyer and has a nice apartment in Brooklyn. He’s working on getting divorced from his wife, which he says will take another year or so.


Nadia’s ex-boyfriend in both seasons of Natasha Lyonne’s Netflix series, John Reyes, may not be a household name yet, but he certainly has an impressive resume. Though Reyes is most well known for his role on Netflix’s Russian Doll as Nadia’s (Lyonsne) ex-boyfriend and a real estate agent, he has also appeared in critically acclaimed TV shows like New Girl, The Americans and Ray Donovan.

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John Reyes Background

John Reyes is a character in Netflix’s Russian Doll, which premiered in February 2019. The show stars Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov, who dies over and over again. Each time she dies, a new character tells her how she died, and John Reyes is one of those characters. He played a real estate agent in episode two of season one—and his role was very small; he had only one line that told us about his relationship with Nadia.

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