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An Interview with Richard Rampolla, Star of The Things We Cannot Change

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2022

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Your new movie The Things We Cannot Change - in a few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?


The film takes a very unique approach as a horror film. While there is some necessary blood and gore, the scary part is how the actors are dealing with their own demons.


What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much Richard Rampolla can we find in Dr. Abraham?


I drew upon my 40 years in education where I had numerous opportunities to counsel adults as well as children.


How did you get involved with the project in the first place?


I have been taking classes with Joshua Nelson [Joshua Nelson interview - click here], the writer and director, for 5 years - including through the pandemic. This feature film came as a great opportunity to work with a strong group of fellow actors.


To what extent could you identify with The Things We Cannot Change's take on vampirism?


I canít identify with vampirism at all but could definitely identify with the challenges many of us have faced in our lives.


Do talk about The Things We Cannot Change's director Joshua Nelson, and what was your collaboration like?


Josh, first and foremost, is a teacher who strives to get the best out of us and challenges us to step out of our comfort zone whether itís in class or in front of the camera. Heís also develops well-written scripts designed to let his actors shine.


The Things We Cannot Change hasn't been the first time you've worked with Joshua Nelson - so what can you tell us about your previous collaborations, and how did you two first meet even?


While taking an NYC cab to acting class, I saw a commercial that featured the parent of students in the school where I was principal. The dad shared that he worked with Josh at LaGuardia Acting School, and that kickstarted our connection. Iíve worked with Josh on several projects: Looking for Love in Lockdown, Mending My Mind, Healing by Fire, to name a few.


Back to The Things We Cannot Change - what can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


It was exciting to shoot in a number of locations, including my home where the bathroom scene was filmed. I had worked with a majority of the actors so I feel we all had a comfort level to our work. Months passed before the recent premiere and I think many of us were not ready for the ending - which brought the movie to a satisfying, wonderful close.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Nothing currently but Iím continuing to take classes and Iím being coached by a casting director I admire.


What got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


It started with voiceover classes. Then I was told that, to be successful in voice work, I needed to take acting classes. Then I got offered unpaid parts in movies and welcomed the opportunity and experience.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Things We Cannot Change?


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My first role was a priest. Iíve done several shorts, dramatic and comic, playing a store owner, math tutor, grief counselor and a treacherous villain. I also played a horrible, misogynistic and racist CEO - which was truly out of character for me.


How would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?


Iím always in the process of learning. I LOVE taking classes and working with other actors. Itís all about doing the work, showing up and giving your best effort. I may not be right for a particular part, but my goal is to make an impression so they remember me.


Actors (and indeed actresses) who inspire you?


Iím sure there are but none are coming to mind.


Your favourite movies?


Iím a BIG fan of Shawshank Redemption and love classics like To Have and Have Not and noir films like Strangers on a Train. I also love Dead Men Donít Wear Plaid - a great noir comedy starring Steve Martin.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


I canít think of any that I dislike that strongly.


Your website, social media, whatever else?


Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


I canít wait for a former student to reach out and tell me they saw "Mr. Rampolla" on TV or in a movie. A little aside, during my teaching career, I collected over 250 kid friendly ties - I never repeated a tie during the school year.


Thanks for the interview!


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