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Ryan James

 Chat Transcript from December 19th, 2003

KidActors
Everyone please listen up. Earlier today we were notified that Ryan was not feeling well. Unfortunately, he hasn't gotten better. He's got the flu with quite a high fever, but will stay as long as he's able. If we end up needing to cut the chat short, we will reschedule for a later date when Ryan recovers.

KidActors
Ryan will be joining us in just a moment.

KidActors
Welcome everyone to the Live Chat with Ryan James! Ryan has just joined us, so please start submitting your questions!

KidActors
Glad to have you here with us tonight Ryan! I'm sorry you are not feeling well, I hope you recover soon! Are you ready to get started?

Ryan James
Yep, I'm ready to do what I can, while I can.

KidActors
Ok! Here we go!

Grace...
Hi Ryan!!!I know you've made a lot of guest appearances on numerous shows(I've seen most of them) and I was wondering which show was the hardest to do and who you enjoyed working with the most.

Ryan James
Umm, I don't know. They've all been fun to do and none has been really hard.

Ryan James
As to most enjoyed working with, I would say Eric Paulsen, the executive director of "3719 Broadleaf."

Ian
Hi Ryan, Ian from Australia here. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well, I hope you get better soon. I also hope your diving is going well. Any interesting projects in the works that you would like to tell us about?

Ryan James
Ian, thanks for the good wishes, and diving is fine these days, though it's pretty cold soem of these nights.

at_home_at_the_beach
Hay Ryan..so do u like surfing or wakeboarding??? if not wat sports do you like??

Ryan James
I have tried either yet, but I really like off road moto riding.

Ryan James
Actually, there's a long list of sports I like, but it's too long for here!

C O R T Z
what has been the most memmorable experience of your atcinghood

Ryan James
Cortz, welcome here. That's a good one, for they've all made lasting impressions.

zoe
Do you think you will be acting in the next 20 years , if not what other jobs would you like to do?

Ryan James
Hi Zoe, I really don't know because that's one thing I haven't decided. There are SO many options. I'm in the process of starting a business now (no, details aren't available yet), so I'll see if I can continue acting and get other enterprises going, too.

~*~Ellie~*~
Hi Ryan!! Its Ellie From australia, just wondering can you describe your average day as an actor when your shooting and what are your plans for the future?

Ryan James
Ellie, I'm sorry, but with the fever I've got now, that's a little too much to describe. As for the future plans, please just see the previous answer.

Ash
Do you have anything in common with any of the characters that you've played?

Ryan James
Ash, I would say yes. Some of them I had some in common with...like Brian in "State of Grace"...I'm in cotillion now! :)

swimchick
Is it hard to do school work when you're on a set?

Ryan James
No, it's not hard at all to get it done. There is a minimum of 3 hours set aside while on set that is just for school time.

a_wish_4gotten
Well ryan... in this year 2003.. which movie do u think is the BEST?

Ryan James
I haven't seen all the ones out yet that I want to, so I really can't say what's the best in 2003.

Mr. Critic
Are you interested in possibly going into directing or writing or even producing?

Ryan James
Well, I've thought about it and we've talked about it, but I don't know for sure yet.

Crumbs
What do you do on a rainy day when you can't do the outside activities you enjoy doing like riding your skateboard, motorbike, etc.

Ryan James
Lots of reading, and catch up on sleep...if I can.

SamanthaS
Hey Ryan! I was just wondering....What do you want for Christmas!

Ryan James
World peace, health...oh, wait, that's what beauty pagaent contestants say.

Ryan James
Oh, and to get rid of this fever and feel good again.

SamanthaS
Hey Ryan! Do you still want to attend the air force academy... if so, do you wish to fly planes?

Ryan James
Yes, to both. Lots of good questions are coming in, by the way.

jesca
how long would you normally have to work on set?

Ryan James
Each day is limited by law to 9 1/2 hours, until I turn 16 and can work longer. Each job requires a different number of days on set.

~*~J e N~*~
Hey Ryan, This is Jennifer From australia. When shooting a movie, do u get time for socialising with family and friends?

Ryan James
The location determines how much I can socialize, but there's some free time on each movie schedule.

Ian
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, even though you're sick Ryan. Has 3719 Broadleaf been released yet? I haven't seen it in Australia yet & I'm just wondering if I missed it :)

Ryan James
My pleasure. No, Ian, it's not been released yet, and I don't know if it will get to Australia. That will depend on what they set up for distribution. That is actually an "art" film, not a full-length feature, but it should be really good!

hayleygirl
which movie would you say was the absolute hardest to shoot?

Ryan James
"A Month of Sundays" was the toughest because I was in a coffin...a real coffin in a real cemetary...and working with the legendary Rod Steiger!

Mr. Critic
What was it like to work with the late Rod SteigeR?

Ryan James
Interesting! Very interesting.

zoe
what made you made you want to become an actor?

Ryan James
I just kept hearing people tell my folks I should be an actor, so finally when I was 5 I asked my mom if I should do "this acting everyone says I should." She said I should if I wanted to, I asked her what "acting" was, and after she explained I decided to give it a try. It has been SO MUCH more, and better, than I expected!!

Mi
What would you say to those who also want to be a celebrity/actor? Any tips? by the way I wish that your fever will get better, enjoy your christmas, hope that all your christmas wishes will come true :)

Ryan James
Thank you, Mi, for your kind words and good wishes. Hm, I would say that the most important thing is to be yourself, be true to yourself, only continue if you feel good about it, and don't do it to be a celebrity...do it because you LOVE it. I am fine without being a celebrity, though I hope to get better and better. Those are the only tips I can think of now.

Cait
Do u have an Idol?

Ryan James
I don't think so, because everyone has something special and worthy.

~*~ J e N~*~ marry me ryan
hey ryan, sorry i left i did it accidently. when u guest starred on "judging amy" was it hard to play the rold as an 8year old boy who thinks heis a girl?

Ryan James
No, not really. I was only 11 then, so it would be harder now...impossible, probably...to realistically play 8, but the part about believing I was a girl wasn't that hard...it was acting. I just used my imagination, and having two nieces and a girl as a best friend for years helped. It was easier than playing an evil character.

Cars(Tim)
Yo Ryan 8-) When you arrive on set, can you settle into a role quickly or do you need time to settle into the role? And feel better, man :-)

Ryan James
Thanks, I'll try to do that...soon! I usually settle into the role during rehearsal. Remember, I've already had to "be" the character during the audition and callback(s), so it's not totally new to me when I get to the set.

SamanthaS
Feel better Ryan, alright! But, hey, how do you eat a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup?

Ryan James
In one bite, unless my mom's around! No, I guess it's usually two bites.

Ryan James
Is that your favorite candy? I know you ask everyone how they eat them. How do you?

SamanthaS
I eat it with two bites as well! I like the peanut butter... =) haha

Curious_Angel
where did you grow up? do u think that it, and your family and friends had a big impact on who u r now?

Ryan James
I'm growing up in Ventura County, in southern California, and I'm SURE that living here, my family, and my friends contribute to who I am.

Ian
I'm sure 3719 Broadleaf will be good... you're in it ;-) But seriously, could you give a brief synopsis please? I haven't seen much information about it anywhere. I guess if it doesn't make it to Australia, I'll just have to hope for a US DVD release :)

Ryan James
It's based on a true episode in the director's life, and I play him at the age of 10. It's funny, but also very dark. That's about all I can think of to share now. I can go into detail once it's out and I'm up to par.

~*~ J e N~*~ marry me ryan
I hope you get better ryan and have a very merry chrissy. i hope u get heaps of good prezzies and all of your dreams come true. How long does it take u to remember your lines, it takes me like an hour to learn a 3 minute speech. is it hard to remember them and how long do u get?

Ryan James
I want to wish EVERYONE here a wonderful, happy, healthy holiday season!

Ryan James
Some lines are quick and easy to learn, others take more time, but I don't attempt to memorize them. I learn them and work with them until they feel real and come to me readily.

Cars(Tim)
Hey Ryan...in three words, describe yourself. Any three words that you can think of.

Ryan James
Right now...hot, achy, hungry.

KidActors
Hey guys, our chat with Ryan has come to a close. Ryan, thank you for coming to chat with us tonight, especially since you are sick! I hope you get better soon, along with all the fans in there! We hope you'll come back soon :)

Ryan James
Thanks, Kris and everyone. It was fun and I appreciate your wishes. Hope to do it again...soon. Happy new year all year, Ryan :)

KidActors
Take care, Ryan!

Ryan James
Bye
 

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