Ryan Patrick Williams was a fifth grader when a Nickleodeon casting agent recognized his talent and potential. Since then he has trained with Atlanta and Los Angeles instructors and has worked professionally in numerous projects. His film credits include Trouble With the Curve, Secrets in the Fall, and In Gramps’ Shoes..
When did you first develop an interest in acting?
It seems like I always acted. I have been acting onstage since I was two-years-old doing church plays. I enjoyed taking on a character and creating a different life. My mother probably fostered mine and my brother’s creativity by having a costume trunk that we could use to mix and match costume parts and props. All of my friends who visited our house went to the trunk first.
What is your acting background?
I started on stage doing everything from church plays to community theatre. I had my first death scene onstage at age twelve in MacBeth and produced a play that I wrote in third grade. When I was in fifth grade, I begged my parents to take me to an audition for Nickelodeon in Atlanta. I didn’t get the role, but I was noticed by casting director Shay Bentley Griffin who called my parents and told them I had a lot of talent and she wanted to work with me. After working with me a few times, she got my brother and I an agent and we have been auditioning and working professionally ever since.
What acting training have you had?
I have trained with Shay Bentley-Griffin of Chez Group in Atlanta; Sharon Lieblein of Nickelodeon; Matt Fletcher and Los Angeles talent agent; Marnie Cooper, acting coach in Los Angeles and Steve Coulter in Atlanta. I also worked with the University of Alabama for several years during their SummerTide camps in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
What faith-based films have you been involved in?
I had a couple of cameos in Season of Miracles, but I had a supporting role in the feature film, Secrets in the Fall, produced by Brittany and John Goodwin of Every New Day Pictures. My brother Andrew and I got to play brothers in that movie, the first and only time that’s happened so far. My next role was as Duke Snyder in the faith-based film, In Gramps’ Shoes, in which I play a jock who thinks he’s all that. In that movie, my brother Andrew and I actually play rivals for the same girl.
What other films or TV shows have you been in?
I am in Trouble with the Curve, with Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams as one of the baseball players. I share screen time with my brother Andrew Wilson Williams in a suspense movie due out in 2014 called Grim Reapers. I did a campy 1980s-style horror flick called, Night Claws, that was shot in Mobile, Alabama near where I live. I have also acted on MTV’s Teen Wolf and in a Disney movie, Let It Shine. My brother and I also did a public service announcement that became a documentary short called We Deserve the Right for the Isaiah Alonzo Foundation that helps pediatric cancer patients and their families. I was featured in the Zoe Myers’ music video “Destiny Knows My Name,” and in her first music video, “Robot Boy.”
Tell us about your role in Secrets in the Fall.
I played the character of Ryan in the film. I thought it was funny that I played a character with the same name as myself. Andrew, who played Jesse, and I, played brothers in the film, who dealt with the crisis of losing a fellow cabin-mate and friend. Although it was a relatively minor part, my character and Andrew’s character both became an important part of the main conflict as we searched for our missing friend and discovered along the way that it is important not to judge a book by its cover. It was a great message and a wonderful film to have been a part of.
What is your career goal?
Right now, I’m not sure. I’m heading into my last semester of undergraduate school and will finish in May with a degree in international studies and minors in French and theatre arts. I will graduate with honors. I am planning to go to graduate school, but am not sure where. Of course, if I get a big role, that could all change.
I’m thankful for the opportunities I have been given. I’ve worked with some great directors in the past and every role I play reaffirms my commitment to continuing acting and increases my enjoyment of it.