Joshua Gage is currently starring as Ricky Jr on History Channel’s hit tv show SIX. He plays the son of Ricky Ortiz (Juan Pablo Raba), a Navy SEAL. Joshua charmed fans in season 1 and we can’t wait to see more of him in season 2.
Thank you so much for taking the time to interview with us, we’re so excited to see the new season of SIX, and find out more about Ricky Jr!
What first inspired you to get into acting?
We had a friend who enjoyed acting and they suggested it to us. So we submitted our pictures here to an agency here in Texas and at first, it started as a hobby but I really enjoyed it. And now, here I am.
How did you learn about the role of Ricky Jr and why were you interested in playing him?
Jessica Garza who plays my older sister on the show, she told us about how there was an audition going around for a 10-13-year-old boy and she said I should audition. So we contacted our agency and I got the audition. We taped and I’m just thankful that everything worked out.
How are you and Ricky Jr similar or different?
Well, first of all, we both look very similar (I’m just kidding, laughs) but uh, we’re both very energetic, we both enjoy baseball. I think we both really look up to our dads, even though sometimes we don’t show it. It’s a lot of fun being able to play Ricky Jr.
What would you most like Ricky Jr to get to do in the series?
On set, they sometimes have an Army helicopter, and it would be really cool if I could ride one of those.
What was the most exciting thing about filming the series?
Probably being able to work with all these experienced actors, and the amazing directors they have on set.
What did you do to help you prepare for taking the role?
First, of course, I run my lines, but when we’re on set all the actors get together and they read the scene. They see what works, and what doesn’t work and we just help each other out.
There are so many great, experienced actors on the series – did any of them take you under their wing and mentor you while filming?
Juan Pablo Raba who plays my dad in SIX, if I’m struggling with a scene he always sits with me and he shows me how to do it. He just sits with me and helps me out.
Is there anything you’ve learned to do that helps with nerves on set, any advice you’d give to other young actors?
Just don’t overthink it. When you’re there on set it will come naturally to you. Just act as if it was real life.
What can you tell us about your film Rock, Paper, Scissors that comes out in 2019?
Rock, Paper, Scissors was a very nice script but, what really made it different was that there weren’t a lot of lines. So it was more about the acting and physicality of the scene which made it really fun to play.
You’ve had a lot of experience in commercials – which was your favorite to film?
Back when I was starting acting there was one commercial for Cook Children’s Hospital where each take I would have to eat a cookie. By the time we were done filming I’ve eaten 20 cookies (chuckles) and I thought to myself, “man if this is like every commercial I can’t wait to become a real actor”.
Do you find it difficult to be acting and attending school, curricular activities, and just being a kid all at the same time?
Sometimes it can be very hard because there are times you want to hang out with your friends but you have to miss it to go to an audition, or even on set where after like a hard scene or a long day you have to go back to your trailer and do school. It can be very tiring sometimes.
Moving can be hard on anybody, and especially young people who have to leave school and friends behind. Was leaving New York for Texas difficult for you? What helped you make that transition easier?
Going from New York to Texas wasn’t very hard because I was very young at the time and I didn’t really remember New York too much. Going from Texas to California and back was very difficult because you make friends in California and you want to stay with them, but at the same time, you want to come back to Texas and see your other family and friends. It can be very hard sometimes. What helps though is being able to call them and text them, it helps a bit.
Thank you again for taking the time to do this interview, is there anything else you’d like your fans to know
Just I can’t wait for you guys to see the new season of SIX, the cast and crew put a lot of effort into it and I hope you guys enjoy.
Season 2 of SIX begins May 28th at 10/9c on History Channel. Follow Joshua on Twitter @JoshDiegoGage
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