The star of Hamilton and A Star Is Born on growing up in Brooklyn, accidentally becoming an actor and working with Lin-Manuel Miranda
Anthony Ramos is rapping down the phone: “I’m past patiently waiting / I’m passionately smashing every expectation / Every action’s an act of creation … Um … I can’t remember … Sorry. I’ve been out of the show for two and half years.” Much has happened since Ramos last heard those lyrics on the Broadway stage, in the original production of Hamilton. Ramos’s dual role as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s all-conquering musical has catapulted him into a career that’s so impossibly busy, you can forgive him for losing track a little. Although the words do come back to him moments later: “Oh yeah – I’m laughin’ in the face of casualties and sorrow / For the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow.”
Just in the last year, we’ve seen Ramos as Lady Gaga’s best friend in A Star Is Born, as clownish b-boy Mars Blackmon in Spike Lee’s Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, and most recently as a conflicted witness to a police shooting in indie drama Monsters and Men, which won a prize at Sundance last year, and is released in the UK on 18 January. There’s more to come, including a sort-of reunion with Miranda (more of which later), the next Godzilla instalment, and the crime thriller he’s currently shooting in Massachusetts with Liam Neeson, titled Honest Thief. Drama, comedy, singing, dancing, Hollywood, Broadway – talk about smashing every expectation.