Anthony Ramos has kept pretty busy in the film/TV industry the last few years. You might have caught him on Will & Grace, the Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, or maybe in the movie Patti Cake$, but his most recent release has already proven to be a major game changer; Ramos stars alongside Lady Gaga in Bradley Cooper‘s directorial debut, A Star Is Born, and it was just announced that he’ll lead the big screen adaptation of the musical In the Heights, too.
Cooper also stars in A Star Is Born as Jackson Maine, a successful, well-established musician who winds up falling for the unknown and struggling but extremely talented Ally (Gaga). As their relationship blossoms so does Ally’s career, but their journey is not without some serious complications. But through it all, Ramos’ character Ramon has her back.
I recently got the chance to sit down with Ramos and talk about scoring the role, the swell of praise and attention, and also about the person in his life who was instrumental to him being able to live his dream. You can catch all of that in the video interview at the top of this article and, in case you missed them, you can find links to my other A Star Is Born interviews below:
- Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper on the Filmmakers Who Got Them to ‘A Star Is Born’
- ‘A Star Is Born’: Lukas Nelson on Writing Songs with Bradley Cooper
- ‘A Star Is Born’: Sam Elliott on How Bradley Cooper Nailed His Voice
Here’s the official synopsis for A Star Is Born:
In this new take on the tragic love story, he plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers—and falls in love with—struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
The cast of “A Star is Born” also includes Andrew Dice Clay, with Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott.
In addition to playing Ally, Gaga, who earned her Oscar nod for the song “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground,” performs original songs in the film, which she wrote with Cooper and a handful of artists, including Lukas Nelson, Jason Isbell and Mark Ronson. All the music is original and was recorded live.