Edgar Ramirez: Intense and Outspoken
by Joyce Chehebar
Venezuelan-born actor Edgar Ramirez has an obvious attraction to the Latin flavor of South Florida. Ocean Drive caught up with the 34-year-old (who’s currently filming Wrath of the Titans in London opposite Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson) to discuss recent projects and the secrets to his success.
Tell us about your recent project, Carlos: What was it like playing a controversial figure from your home country?
EDGAR RAMIREZ: Portraying such an intriguing and complex character [Venezuelan terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka Carlos the Jackal] was definitely an adventure—a wonderful and incredible experience from a performance point of view.
What’s your life philosophy?
ER: I don’t have a specific one. I try to live as intensely as possible, and enjoy each moment to its fullest. I function on a minute-to-minute basis, always trying to stay present.
Has fame changed you?
ER: Not really. My lifestyle has changed, but I personally don’t feel I have changed in essence. I don’t take things too seriously. My life is full of advantages. I have been able to make my biggest passion my job, and that is a very big privilege. I don’t take it for granted.
Tell me about your charitable involvements.
ER: I’m currently the spokesperson for Senosalud, one of the main breast cancer organizations in Venezuela, and am also working with UNICEF.
What are your views on immigration topics concerning Latinos in the US?
ER: This is a very complicated subject, but I don’t think a police officer should have the right to detain a person based on such characteristics as ethnicity or racial group, or just because of their social perception. I think this is completely radical and opens the possibility of abuse.
What is the secret to success?
ER: I don’t think there is one. Success is so personal; it depends on one’s dreams and aspirations. For me, it’s about doing what I love most, and having the opportunity to live from that and share it with the people who surround me. You can’t be successful if you don’t share it with others.
Any memories to share about Miami?
ER: One of my best is when I attended the Miami premiere of [the 2005 Keira Knightley film] Domino. It was my first international movie released in the US, so I will always embrace the city very deeply. Also, it’s obviously one of Latin America’s most important cities, and a place where all Latinos can feel at home, and I really appreciate that. I can’t help but love a Caribbean-bathed city that welcomes people from all over the world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY ALEXANDRA CARR (RAMIREZ)
Cover shoot: Behind the scenes with Pitbull for the October 2014 issue of Ocean Drive magazine.