Ryan Carnes is very dedicated actor and was originally from Pittsfield, Illinois. He attended Duke University to pursue art and music but he found his desire in acting so he made his choice to reside in Los Angeles to begin his acting at General Hospital as Lucas Jones in 2004-2005. Ryan played in many films and television in 2005-2014 after that General Hospital wanted him to replay his character as Lucas Jones. See my interview with Ryan below:
How did you get into acting? And what interest you in working for General Hospital as an actor?
I took a few theatre classes at Duke University because I needed arts credits. I ended up doing a play and realized that acting was much more fun than anything else I was doing in school. So I took a leave of absence after my sophomore year and moved to LA to begin.
With respect to GH, it’s such a fast-paced medium, and I’m forced to get better as an actor. I have to learn lines more quickly, make character choices more quickly, and be very direct able.
I know you left GH (General Hospital) in 2005, What made you want to return to the show?
My experience on the show back in ’04 and ’05 was such a positive one that when the show called me back in 2013 to ask if I would reprise my role as Lucas Jones, I didn’t hesitate. I knew that it would be a lot of fun, and that it would be like working with family all over again.
What is your favourite role you ever played?
Probably Chris Walker a.k.a. The Phantom for the SYFY channel. It’s so much fun to play a superhero! And right up there with that is the lead role that I had in a film I just completed last fall. It’s called False Memory Syndrome, and it’s in post-production right now.
What was it like working with Parry Shen (Brad Cooper)? What did you learn from your character?
It’s been great working with Parry. He’s a really great guy, with a great sense of humour. His mind works in certain ways that mine doesn’t, and so I think we make a great team. When it comes to doing certain things for the fans, Parry is really thoughtful and creative.
Who are the actors you really like working with?
I love working with Laura Wright, Will DeVry, Kelly Monaco, Jackie Zeiman and they are like my family, really. I’m fortunate to get to work with extremely talented family members. Oh, Maurice Bernard and Anthony Geary because they are both so unpredictable and present to whatever is happening in the moment.
When and why did you start playing music?
It was pure instinct. I started banging on things in the house when I was 2 years old. My parents had the wisdom to get me a toy drum set when I was 3. From there, I fell in love and was off to the races.
What was the first tune(s) you ever learned?
Ha-ha! This is quite funny, actually. When I first began taking drum lessons on a full drum kit, my teacher taught me the theme song to Beverly Hills 90210. The original version of the show. So there I sat in the living room of my parents house, banging away to that song whenever the show came on.
Do you perform in public or do you do music just for fun?
Well, I do music for fun, definitely. Because for me, music IS fun and I also perform in public. Whenever my band has shows.
Which famous musicians do you admire? And why?
There are a lot of musicians I admire. There are so many and many. From the deceased ones like Roy Orbison and John Bonham to guys like Eddie Vedder. Eddie is my absolute favourite. He’s such a talented man, a true artist, who started out angsty and restless and has grown into a deep man with a beautiful soul. Well, I suppose he always WAS a deep man with a beautiful soul. But, as humans, life is a journey, and we grow and learn, and we grow out of old behaviours and grow into new ones with new perspective and new understanding of life.
What are your advice for the beginners who want to be an actor or musician?
Work on your craft. And keep working on it. Do not let yourself be defined by other people’s careers or the opinions of those around you. Figure out who you are, what you want to say, how you want to contribute to society, and the world around you, and go from there. It may take a long time to figure out who you are. I’m still trying to figure it out! But I certainly know more who I am, what I stand for, what I want to say, and how I want to contribute to the world than I did when I was 15 and 20 years old.
Thank you Ryan Carnes for taking the moment for interview.
You can watch Ryan Carnes at General Hospital on Global or ABC and you can find his official twitter @RyanCarnes1
By: Carolyn Bulsink