Ronnie Kroell is surely one of the biggest names in the fashion industry and the gay community; He is perhaps best remembered for his participation on the TV show ?Make Me A Supermodel?. Besides being a renowned model Ronnie is also an LGBT activist and a talented actor, his first main professional role was in Eating Out: Drama Camp and more recently he played “Michael” in the thriller ?Into The Lion?s Den?.
In this exclusive interview Ronnie talks about his acting career, tells funny anecdotes from the set of his movie and answers fan? questions.
Why are you the ?King of Hearts??
It is no secret that I wear my heart on my sleeve and that I believe in doing anything I decide to do whole heartedly; but more than that I try and communicate that message with everyone that I meet. There is no greater power source in this Universe then that of LOVE. When we peel back all the superficial layers and labels we all share the same beautifully vulnerable HUMAN HEART.
What did you learn from your experience in ?Make me a super model??
I learned to never take anyone or anything for granted, but most of all – I learned to grow thick skin and a strong backbone.
Why did you decided to pursue an acting career?
Mostly because I want to dig deeper and learn more about myself. In some way, while creating characters, I just might unlock hidden parts of myself that will help me to grow and understand my personal journey in the great unknown. I have so much to learn – and I am curious like a cat.
How was the experience of working with Director Q. Allan Brocka and all the cast involved in your debut film Eating Out: Drama Camp?
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Allan and the entire cast and crew of Eating Out: Drama Camp. “Beau” was my break-out role in the film industry and I could not have asked for a better opportunity. We all became so close on set and the energy and laughs that we shared will always be with me wherever I go.
Tell us about your upcoming film ?Into the Lion?s Den”? “Into the Lion’s Den”
How was it working with working with director Dan Lantz?
Dan Lantz is a stand-up guy. If Dan says he is going to do it, well – he just does it. There are so many people in the industry that talk the talk, but Dan really walks the walk. Working on set with Dan and his team was a breath of fresh air really – so much positive and creative energy. He also knows how to surround himself with a great team in Adam Danoff, Matt Sundell, Steve Cameron, Leah Toscano, Mike Harvey, and Sherry Vitale. The coolest part about this movie for me is that in addition to acting, I also participated in the capacity of a Producer.
What kind of relationship did you develop with your co-stars Jesse Archer & Kristen Alex Griffith? Did you hang out off-set during filming?
Jesse, Kristen, and myself all became very close on the set of, “Into the Lion’s Den”. We all had so much fun laughing and poking fun at one another, doing Liza impersonations, drinking Whipped Cream Vodka, playing with toilets in the street, dildos, wigs, buffet food, fine art appreciation, and so much more. I especially enjoyed getting to know our co-stars Michael McFadden, Jodie Shultz, Jade Froeder, Laurence Mullaney, and Jake Steel. A huge thank you and shout out to Philip Malaczewski who wrote the screenplay – very talented man. And of course, a HUGE thank you to “Breaking Glass Pictures” for all of their hard work and support of this film.
Do you have any funny anecdotes from the set you want to share?
Well, in order to do this movie I had to learn how to drive stick-shift for the first time. So, as you can imagine – I was a bit of a mess. Jesse and Kristen have never laughed so hard while I was trying (unsuccessfully) to get the car into first gear in Amish County Pennsylvania. I had to wave out the window to let a Horse and Buggy pass me…FAIL.
On another occasion, it was Jesse’s turn to drive and I thought I would be funny. So, I took a can of an unknown substance out of the glove compartment and pointed it at him while he was driving. I should mention that I thought that the trigger lock was on, but we both soon found out that it wasn’t when I pulled the trigger and a bunch of condensed air shot out at his face. The look of horror and confusion in both of our faces was priceless – I will never forget that moment.
Lastly, while filming the action shots in the field – I had a horrible allergic reaction to the grass and weeds. I was covered in itchy red hives and later found out that I got chiggers! Ewwwwww. Not cute.
Can you give us some scoop about your character ?Michael? in the movie?
Next to Johnny, the slut, and Ted, the trust fund baby – Michael is the voice of reason and always trying to do things responsibly or the right way. The weight of the world is on Michael’s shoulders and he has a hard time loosening up and just living life. Michael, despite his cynical views, is the type of friend that you definitely want to have though – especially during rough times because he is dependable, trustworthy, and loyal.
What?s next for Ronnie Kroell?
I am currently living in Los Angeles and continuing my career in acting. I will be taking classes, meeting with casting directors, and spending time producing and acting in film projects. Beyond that, I am proud to say that I have returned to a more spiritual place again and am offering what I call, “Angel Readings”. My clients will be given the opportunity to relax, meditate, and receive guidance and healing in a one hour card reading session. More information can be found on my website: http://www.ronniekroell.com
Questions by the fans.
Xicodany Why did you choose to be a model?, and How was your coming out?
I wanted to be a model because I wanted to step into the world of fashion, creating characters, and having spontaneous and extraordinary experiences. My coming out was difficult, but it has made me stronger and the relationship I have with my family that much stronger. Love has an incredible way of healing and overcoming any obstacles that present themselves – I’m blessed to have a very supportive family.
Gamaliel Ruiz Do you prefer to model nude or dressed?
To be honest I do not have a preference. I am an artist at heart and choose my projects accordingly – If I feel that it will make a powerful artistic or social statement then I go for it!
Marc Shawn What do you think about the latest victim to bullying?
Jamey Rodemeyer took his life Sunday he was only 14 years old. His last Facebook status read “Don?t forget me when I come crying to Heavens Door” Do you think it?s the school’s responsibility and if the bullies should be punished? It makes me sad. It makes me angry. It motivates me to remain OUT, OPEN, and VISIBLE. No one should be made to feel so insignificant, alone, or worthless. We live in a culture where a Senator in one breath will denounce being gay as a sin and not support legislation that would protect members of the LGBT Community and in the next they are whispering sweet nothings into the ears of some guy they found in an airport bathroom or from an escort site. The bottom line is that there is always a reason to keep moving forward and to never give-up. If you are not finding the love and support you need at home, then it is up to you to find it at school, from a friend, or within the confidence of a counselor or mentor. It is not solely the school’s responsibility, but also that of parents to educate and teach tolerance at home.
Unfortunately, punishment is not always the best answer because then the “Bullies” have time to sit and plot out how they will get vengeance either on the victim or the teacher that reprimanded them. Perhaps it is time for a National Policy that could be implemented in schools that would provide a means for programs that would, instead of punishing, offer the “Bullies” opportunity to understand why it is they are acting out that way and to reconcile that toxic energy through charitable service.
Loush O’Raven How did you get into to doing the spiritual readings? Can you talk a little about your spiritual journey?
I grew up Roman Catholic and over the years have explored and enlightened myself to various religions and belief systems, but more than anything I try to remain spiritual. When I was a child, I used to spend time with one of my best friends in the world, Christian, and his Mom, Grace. Every Summer I would spend an extended period of time in Michigan City, IN. with their family and especially looked forward to the visits because of, “Angel Readings”. These were not Tarot Card readings, they did not attempt to tell your future, and they are not rooted in Black Magic, but rather they were healing sessions that provided insight and healing.
All too often in life we get caught up in the superficial and toxic energy that is buzzing around us, so it is important to take time out of the day to sit in peace and quiet with our own thoughts. I have decided to share the positive experiences that I had growing up with my clients by offering them an opportunity to meditate with me and receive healing via my Angel Readings. The more open my clients are to receiving guidance, finding peace of mind, and knowing that their are invisible forces working in our favor every day – the more powerful the read.
Kevin P. McDonald What was your longest relationship like?
My longest relationship was 3 years and it was amazing. I still hold a very special place in my heart for HIM and we are still friends. I learned a lot about myself and relationships during that time and I am forever thankful for that experience.
loyd Dubuc What is it that you did you have never told anyone?
I voted for John McCain….just kidding! Honestly, I am such an open book there is not much hidden to tell. Ask me again in a few years, I’ll work on it.
smmill10 Steve Miller: I wanna know if Ronnie ever got together with Ben!
You will have to consult your magic “8” Ball.
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