Q: What was your first exposure to “Rocky Horror”?
A: It was the musical, not the movie. I saw it at the Ordway with my mom and dad when I was 12. My sister was in it. After bridging the awful gap of watching your sister play a slutty character on a family outing, I buckled down and really enjoyed the performances. I fell in love with Brad, which is kind of crazy for a 12-year-old, but I just knew I wanted to play the part. I just never thought it would be in this capacity.
Q: What drew you to him?
A: On an overly simplified level, I could relate to Brad’s innocence, this kind of blind assumption that he knows everything but doesn’t really know anything at all. It’s so delicious that he’s nerdy and hasn’t come into his own yet.
Q: Brad gets pretty kinky by the end of the movie. How did you brace yourself for the transformation — and the fact that so many people are going to be watching it?
A: At the very first rehearsal, the director [Kenny Ortega] put all of us in the middle of a room to do — I’m not sure how to describe it — exercises in sexual awakening. He had us walk around and get uncomfortably close to each other, making contact with the first person we saw, holding them, flirting with them, lying down on the floor with them. The strategy was that we weren’t going to talk about it, but just dive into it and accept that this is the kind of movie we were doing. After that, nothing was uncomfortable.
I’m so happy to say that Ryan McCartan is the cover of #145 edition of Bello Magazine. The issue was released last week and here’s the full interview:
At the mere age of 23, Ryan McCartan’s career is already soaring. The Minnesota-born charmer is a double threat in the entertainment industry. He showed off his singing chops in the TV movie The Rocky Horror Picture show and his acting chops as a series regular in Disney’s hit show Liv and Maddie. The aspiring entertainer sat down with BELLO to talk about his next steps on his road to stardom.
How did you begin your career in LA being from Minnesota?
I started because my sister came out of the womb singing and dancing and I think my parents discovered I could sing because I was making fun of her!
And what happened from there?
My manager! Nancy is an absolute angel, not just the best manager but the best person ever. I am so eternally grateful to work with her. I think that’s the cornerstone of all of this, it wouldn’t be happening without her. She supports me personally too, she’s much more about making an impact than making a lot of noise and that really means a lot to me.
I know you tweet and instagram a lot about the brand Love Your Melon, the organization helping to improve the lives of children battling cancer. Tell me a little bit more about this?
What they do and how vocal their brand is and the confidence that they give people who are going through something that difficult I think is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking, so I really wanted to be a part of it. A cousin of mine is working very, very intensely with this charity through her school so she asked me if I would jump on this campaign again and I said absolutely. Again, I’m very blessed but I also have to be really careful as I have a very impressionable group of fans, they’re at that sort of that age where the right words, or the wrong words, can really make a difference. So anything I can do to promote organizations that are promoting positivity and confidence and helping people out, I’m on board. That’s really important to me and I’ve seen it make a big difference in people’s lives. That’s something I am never going to lose sight of.
With regards to your music and your acting, what can your fans expect from you in the future?
The end of last year I was finishing a lot of projects that I was producing and spearheading on my own which was great. My manager and I are working on producing a film, I’m also writing making and producing a lot of music with one of my best friends in the world which has been really exciting. We do it all in my bedroom and just sit there for hours and turn the knobs and it’s really, really cool. So the end of last year was this sort of weird independent time where I was doing everything myself, all these entrepreneurial side projects.
Lastly what are your 2017 New Year resolutions?
I don’t know if I’ll be able to do this but I really want to try. I want to try and release a song a month in 2017. I have the capabilities to do it, I have the support to do it and I definitely have the passion for it. I love music and I’ve learnt some invaluable lessons.
I have also added the magazine scans on the gallery. Check them out:
Yesterday, Ryan McCartan released a new single called ‘When You Went Away’ and you can purchase on iTunes.
Ryan also posted a new video on his YouTube Channel with the acoustic version of his song: