SKSM: Could you start with telling us a little bit about yourself? Who you are and what you do?
Ron Hausman: I was raised on a farm in Iowa and when I graduated from high school joined the U.S. Navy and served on a ship and shore duty in California and off the coast of Vietnam. After the Navy I received my degree in Communications and Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa. I’ve been married for 48 years, we live in Magna, UT just outside of Salt Lake City, we’ve lived in Utah for 30 years so we consider this home. I have two grown daughters one lives in Salt Lake City and one in New York City. I have been an actor for many years but seriously for the last 20 years. I retired almost eight years ago and act as well as voice over full time.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Ron Hausman: From the time I could talk. I loved watching westerns especially the people who played the second bananas or the comic relief. There are times in your life that you just remember. We were in our farmhouse, I was about 5 years old, my Mom was helping me get my coat and boots on to go out and help my Dad with chores. She said “what do you want to be when you grow up, a policeman, farmer, fireman”. My response was “nope I’m gonna be a movie star”. Now a note to the readers: I didn’t chase that dream until later in life. Don’t wait, don’t let people tell you that you can’t. Listen to the whispers in you head and follow your heart… GO FOR IT. You can always make another choice, after all isn’t that what life is about choices. Whatever you choose to do always strive to be the best
SKSM: How did you become involved in The Man Who Loved Flowers Dollar Baby film?
Ron Hausman: We have a Facebook Page called Utah Actors and I saw a notification asking for submissions for auditions.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written for you?
Ron Hausman: Yes, I submitted and the sides were sent to me for the audition. The more I read the sides the more I fell in love with the character. I went to the audition and low and behold I was cast as the man in flower shop. It’s a great story and it was a wonderful opportunity to work with fabulous people.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Ron Hausman: First of all it’s a great story. It has the macabre and then the down to earth flower shop owner who may just sign his own death warrant by saying the wrong thing. That aspect of the story keeps the audience guessing, when will the philosophical flower shop owner get his. The contrast between the down to earth, philosophical flower shop owner and the killer is wonderful and keeps people guessing.
SKSM: You worked with Taylor Doose on this film, how was that?
Ron Hausman: When I’m cast it’s always a question as to how the director and the crew will be to work with. I can tell you it was an absolute pleasure to work with Taylor and his crew on this project. Taylor is an actors director and he pulls you in in a way that you are a collaborative partner on the project. His direction is to the point and he is open to ideas concerning the character.
SKSM: Was there any special or funny moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Ron Hausman: My last scene was with my on screen wife and of course I had given the speech about how one gives on rose to a woman to show how sincere he is rather than a dozen roses to show he will screw up again. Of course my on screen wife was angry with me and after she pushed me and stormed out I said “but honey I have a dozen roses for you”. That was an improve line and the director and crew loved it.
SKSM: Do you still have contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Ron Hausman: Yes, I am in contact with Taylor and his wife Julie on facebook. I joke with Taylor that if he needs a mature male in one of his movies to give me a call. I do see some of the crew when I’m working on other projects. I may not see someone for a year or two and when I do it’s like old home week. I love this business!
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Ron Hausman: COVID has really slowed me down the last year. I worked on four projects in the film industry last year and started working with a Company called Cerebral Cinema. We are narrating books, rather than on person narrating the whole book we are assigning parts to different actors to create distinct character for each book. Thus creating a movie in your mind as you listen. So far this year I haven’t done any film work but the year is young and just when I think I’ll never get cast Bingo I’m cast.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Ron Hausman: Yes, I love his work The Shining, Christine, The Shawshank Redemption, Silver Bullet, and of course The Man Who Loved Flowers are my favorites.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Ron Hausman: How about two? My first speaking role was September 11, 2001 the day of the World Trade Center bombing, and yes the filming continued. Before I started acting full time, about eight years ago, I was an actor and I sold meat. Now that isn’t an occupation they even know about at High School Career Day.
SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?
Ron Hausman: Yes, to those want to act. Always remember that acting is a very high form of service and with that comes a very high responsibility.
When I create from my head almost nothing works. When I create from my heart everything works.