Interview With Terrell Ransom Jr. (@terrellransomjr)
(Photo credit: Birdie Thompson)
(Styling: Terrell Ransom Sr.)
1. How did you get your start in acting?
At 3 years old, I was watching Hannah Montana and I remember telling my mom that I wanted to be on TV, in movies, and in magazines. She told me I was only 3 and that I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I told her, I did. Less than 6 months later my mom and I moved from Houston to Los Angeles, so that I could become an actor. I got an agent and my first real audition was for a soap opera called Days of Our Lives. I booked the role of Theo Carver at 4 years old and I’ve been on the show for seven years.
2. Can you tell us about your character Darwin Watterson on “The Amazing World of Gumball?
Darwin and I are alike in a lot of ways. He’s really smart and lovable and caring. A lot of people say that I am mature for my age. And the character Darwin seems that way too. He’s the voice of reason for his older brother Gumball, who always seems to come up with crazy ideas that Darwin questions but ends up going along with. That usually takes them on a wild adventure or gets them into some kind of trouble in the episodes.
3. Do you prefer voice over or working on-screen?
I really love doing both. Voice acting is easier. I can go into the studio and record episodes in my pajamas if I want to. I record my lines for an episode and I’m done. It’s a lot more work when I’m acting in front of the camera- like having to memorize my lines, work with other people, film tons of scenes. But I’ve got to work on some really great TV, film and animated shows and I’ve met some great people that have become my closest friends, so it’s hard to choose one or the other.
4. What’s been your favorite project you’ve worked on so far?
Well, I have two. The first is The Amazing World of Gumball because it was one of my favorite animated shows before I got a chance to audition for it. I watched a lot of the episodes with my granny who actually introduced me to the show, so when I got the audition for the voice of Darwin, I knew I had to have the role. I was blessed enough to book it and that was a dream come true.
The Whispers was probably my favorite TV show to work on. It was a dark, alien based, suspenseful show, which was cool, and I liked the ominous feel. I remember when I got the audition, I ended up reading the whole script, because I had to know what was going on in my episodes. Plus, I got to work in Vancouver, BC for a couple of weeks and I fell in love with that place. I told my mom I want dual citizenship so I can live there one day.
5. What was it like working on “Days of Our Lives?”
Days of Our Lives was one of the best acting experiences I’ve had so far. I basically grew up on the show, so the cast and crew were really like my family. I loved my TV mom Renee Jones and TV dad James Reynolds like they were my real second set of parents. I always had fun on the set working, especially when I got to work with other kids.
6. Do you have any other upcoming projects?
I can’t say much now, but I definitely have a couple of projects in the works, so stay tuned!
7. What are your social media accounts?
YouTube Channel: Terrell’s World