SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Robert Ramsay: My name is Rob Ramsay. I’m an actor/writer/producer from New Brunswick currently living in Toronto. I’m also a co-producer and the star of Popsy.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Robert Ramsay: I started doing local theatre at a young age and fell in love with acting. I remember being in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar and thinking ‘I want to do this for the rest of my life. I followed that passion to university, where I studied acting and met my writing/producing partner, Jon Mann.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Popsy Dollar Baby film?
Robert Ramsay: Jon and I have worked together for almost a decade, writing and making our own projects. Jon has been a Stephen King-aholic since I met him, and the story of Popsy has been a favourite of his for a long time. When he got the rights to Popsy, I was more than happy to help him produce it and star in it.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Robert Ramsay: Firstly, I think the name Stephen King attracts people to it. His style, tone and reputation are second to none, when it comes to horror. Secondly, I think people like to see what someone will do when they’re pinned in a corner – when their animal instincts come out. Popsy is a story about two people being pushed to their limits – who feel like they have no other choice but to do what they’re doing. That tension and drama is always fun to watch.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Robert Ramsay: Jon and I talked for a long time about who was the right actor to play this role. Ultimately, I had the privilege of stepping in. I think because Jon and I have worked together for so long, he trusted me to do the part justice.
SKSM: You worked with Jon Mann on this film, how was that?
Robert Ramsay: Fantastic. Jon and I have made several short films, written several pilots and have been close friends for many years. We have a short hand and trust that only comes with time. He is an extremely talented film maker and anytime we get to make something together, it’s a treat.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Robert Ramsay: We had a lot of fun on set. When you’re making something as dark and heavy as this, you need to keep things light, so we had a lot of laughs.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Robert Ramsay: Ya, Jon and I talk almost every day. I still talk with some of the crew members and I’m keeping an eye on the career of my extremely talented co-star, Avery Winters-Anthony. I think he’s about to take off.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Robert Ramsay: I was fortunate enough to have a small part in IT: Chapter 2, which was another Stephen King project, I’ll be reprising a role I did on the first season Anne of Green Gables and Jon and I are busy writing our next project.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Robert Ramsay: Of course. He’s a legend. I love his characters and the out-of-this-world complexity he can write with, while telling a simple and relatable story.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Robert Ramsay: I get scared easily, so I really don’t like scary movies. I’ve seen this film and I think it’s fantastic, but once was enough for me.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Robert Ramsay: Thanks for watching and taking interest in Jon and I’s careers. We hope to keep making movies you’ll enjoy for many years to come.
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Robert Ramsay: Nope. Thanks!