James Ross is a talented actor based in Australia. Currently he is working on Season 2 of Counter Play. Playing a gay lead role – Seth – a seemingly innocent character returning to South Point to win the love of Tim, but where he goes next may take a more sinister path. Breaking the mold of the cliche involving gay characters on television James Ross is ready to challenge the stereotype and become a force to be reckoned with.
James’ training includes on-screen presence and heart/body/mind development with Aleksi Vellis – a renowned director whose work includes “The Wog Boy,” an Australian film. Also recently finishing training with Scott Major – a director of popular Australian TV show “Neighbours.” Learning character depth, Script detailing, on-screen presence and monologue preparation.
Other works include short film “Sonoric Perfection.” Starring as the lead role of Henry Fidel, a struggling foley artist attempting to find the final sound for the last scene on a movie he has been creating sounds for. The film was entered into “My Rode Reel” film festival. James also does regular work on “Neighbours” as the barman at The Waterhole.
Since finishing his hairdressing qualification in England, James Ross came to Australia in 2009 and fell in love with the country. Making it his ambition and goal to obtain citizenship. In July 2017 James finally obtained citizenship in Australia.
During the first year in Melbourne he started all-star cheer-leading in Melbourne which became a huge passion, continuing between England and Australia, attending the biggest national competitions with some great teams. James achieved success in his field of hairdressing working for one of Australia’s most luxurious salons, however, due to client scheduling he had to give up this opportunity to pursue acting. Since then he trained to be a barisa, and continues to barber due to the flexibility of the job enabling acting to be a main focus.
Following his dreams of working alongside some of the industry greats, James’ aims are to work alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in something sinister and dark. And dreams of working alongside Zac Efron and Margot Robbie in a RomCom. This is his goal. And James won’t stop until he achieves this.
Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with actor James Ross
NY Elite: What are your latest and current movie projects?
James Ross: Currently I am working on an upcoming TV Show – Counter Play. Also I am working on directing and acting in my own horror short entitled “The Presence.”
NY Elite: Can you tell us about your character in the film?
James Ross: On Counter Play I’ll be playing Seth, A lead role who’s emotionally stable, knows what he wants, and how to get it. Returning to South Point to attempt to redeem the love of his life, Tim, or does he have a more sinister motive? A talented journalist advancing his career – no matter who or what gets in his way. Warm,
humourous and lacking a conscience.
NY Elite: What was it like working with the director?
James Ross: Working with Chrys Philips has been great. Her energy and communication is really enjoyable and enthusiastic. She really wants the best out of everyone and continues to be a ball of energy.
NY Elite: In which movies have you played the lead role?
James Ross: This year I had a lead in a short called “Sonoric Perfection” playing the character Henry Fidel. A Mockumentary style film about a foley artist. Submitted to
“My Rode Reel” film festival.
NY Elite: Among all your roles so far, which has been your favorite and why?
James Ross: Seth has been my favorite so far. Getting to play a villain, and break the cliches of a gay character in a TV show is exciting. I can’t wait to see how the world reacts.
NY Elite: What do you enjoy most about your acting career?
James Ross: Everything! Working with a wide variety of people. On and off screen. You’re always evolving, learning and creating something amazing.
NY Elite: What other hobbies and interests do you have?
James Ross: I’m an ex-cheerleader. Not pom poms, but competitive allstar cheer. I enjoyed competing so much as part of a large team, a stunt group which you bond with, and as an individual for the gymnastics element. There are so many aspects that people don’t realize in the sport. I also enjoy music, movies, hiking, swimming and of course living in Melbourne, Coffee!
NY Elite: Are you working on your next project now?
James Ross: Yes! I’m about to start the photoshoot and promo’s for Counter Play next week which is super exciting.
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone about impressing directors during auditions? How to audition?
James Ross: Auditions are tough. You have nerves and self doubt. Everyone does, Looking around wondering what everyone is going to bring to the scene. But let your inner self shine.
Be you! Not what you think you should be. Smile. And, should the directors intuition draw you to them, you’ll shine.
NY Elite: What causes/charities do you actively support or feel strongly about?
James Ross: Starlight Foundation. Here in Australia, Starlight provides aid to sick children and their families. Giving them a wish to enable them to rediscover what it feels like to be a child again, and not have the worry of their illness for the duration. Having had a young cousin go through a lot from 8 years old, Starlight has provided him with
amazing opportunities and made it that little bit easier for the family.
NY Elite: What are the things in your life that you’re most grateful for?
James Ross: The opportunities I have been given. The ability to emigrate from England to Australia. My families support, through life decisions no matter how crazy or difficult
they may seem.