Ronnie L Cleary Interview - TWD - Never be afraid to chase your dreams.
Ronnie L. Cleary is known for his work on What Lies Ahead and Sitters .He also worked as Whisperer in The Walking Dead
Thank you Bernd. First off, I always like to preface these conversations by saying that I was only background on The Walking Dead, and I did not have any major impact on the storyline of any episode. I do not want people thinking that I am pretending to be something I am not.
- How did you get your role in the AMC Series The Walking Dead ?
Through an extras casting page on Facebook. I submitted a head shot and a full body shot and they wanted to use me as an extra Whisperer based on my look.
- Ronnie , did you watch the show or read the graphic novel, prior to
your casting as Whisperer to The Walking Dead?
Yes I did. I have watched the show since the beginning, and started reading the graphic novels once the show reached Alexandria. I still read, but I refuse to read ahead of where the show timeline is so as not to spoil anything. I know the show makes subtle changes here and there, but I would rather not take any chances.
- Working with Norman Reedus , Samantha Morton or one of the Maincast Members will be a dream for every TWD Fan, what can you say about working with some of this guys?
Being a huge fan of the show, I was really looking forward to seeing my favorite actors on set. Unfortunately, I was never around any of the original main cast while filming. I did however get to meet and say a few words to Samantha Morton and Ryan Hurst between takes. They were both phenomenal in their roles.
- How did your family react when they found out that you were playing in The Walking Dead?
They were excited for me. The main reason I became an actor in the first place was in hopes of someday getting to be in an episode of The Walking Dead, so when I got the call it was a dream come true.
- In how many season´s or episode´s you worked in TWD as Whisperer?
I was asked to be in a few episodes, but sadly, due to a prior commitment, I was only able to appear in one episode in season 9. I certainly hope to get to go back for the now final tenth season, but with the Whisperer war now over I am not sure if that will happen or not.
- TWD was just a step in your career, you also worked in "The Calling of Lizzy McBride". What can you tell us about?
That, like a lot of the other projects I am involved with, began with me working on the crew. I was running sound for them, and when they needed someone who could play an old long haired moonshiner from the 1930’s I stepped into an on camera role which has been a reoccurring role for the last year or so.
- You also filming now "The Vampire Santa I: The Beginning" as Abraham Van Helsing . What can you tell us about?
The Vampire Santa is a wonderful story based on a character created by my friend Sal Lizard. Sal is well known throughout the horror convention scene. He and I live in the same city, and met on a separate independent film project where we discussed my involvement with his film, which is currently in production as we speak.
- Is there any dream role or actor/actress you would loved to work in the future?
I would obviously love a featured role on the final season of The Walking Dead, and it would be an honor to be on screen with Norman, Cooper, Khary, Lauren, etc.
I would also love to do more scenes with my teenage son, who is also an actor. We have done a couple scenes together, mostly in a couple short films I wrote for us last year, but I want more opportunities for us to work together in the future.
- Is there anything else you would like to let The Walking Dead Fans and your fans know?
Never be afraid to chase your dreams.
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- Thank you Ronnie L. Cleary for your time and i hope to see you one day in Germany too.
Thank you, and I would like that as well. Have a nice day.