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  1. What is the best piece of professional advice you have ever received? Personal advice?
  2. What types of shows and movies do you prefer to work on?
  3. What type of character do you enjoy playing most? Is there a type of character that is more challenging for you?
  4. What do you think has been your best piece of work - in any profession?
  5. Do you think that growing up in an industry family has helped or hurt you in the business?
  6. Do you get a lot of name recognition and are you treated differently?
  7. Does Ryan keep in touch with any of the guys from Jesse Hawkes?
  8. What did he think of the teen magazine coverage he received during the 1980s?
  9. What acting coaches has Ryan had? Who has he studied under?
  10. Are there any roles you wish you had and would have done differently? Are there any of your roles as you look back that you would have done differntly?
  11. Are there any characters/scenes from your classes that you wish you could have done in front of a larger audience? (Note from the WM: I know you were trying to find a way to perform "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" a few years ago. . .)
  12. Would you ever do a reality show to increase visibility or do you consider them too invasive?
  13. What is it about set dressing that broght you into the profession and keeps you interested?
  14. Is there anything you wouldn't do as an actor? Commercials? Nudity? Physical changes (like DeNiro in Raging Bull or Tom Hanks in Cast Away)? Your own stunts? Questionnable or controversial themes?
  15. Would you ever do a truly political project? Controversial projects? To make a statement? Are there any political causes you feel very strongly about?
  16. What is your best professional accomplishment?
  17. Are there any roles, movies, etc that you aspire to?
  18. Do you have any opinions on the big award contenders this year?
  19. With all of the press attention to celebrity couples, what does Ryan think of this both as an actor and considering both of his parents are/were celebrities? Does he date actresses? Does he think the press attention hurts a relationship?
  20. Hey Ryan (or Michele or both), With Ryan's interest in history I assume he has delved into research on his own family roots. I will be traveling to Ireland this fall and wondered what part of the country his family is from? and if Ryan has ever traveled to the Emerald Isle?? That's it, thank you...... Martha
  21. Does Ryan have a myspace?
  22. I noticed that your Dad had had worn a gold ring on the last finger of his left hand. When your brother Shaun was on tv during the 70's, he had also worn a gold ring on the last finger of his left hand, very similar to your dad's. There is a photo on your site where the ring again appears. Is this something that has been passed down, or does each member have this ring as a symbol of the family crest?
  23. I've seen from past television interviews that Shaun and David don't care too much for Marty Ingels. Does Ryan have a good relationship with his step-father Marty Ingels?



  1. What is the best piece of professional advice you have ever received? Personal advice?
    "Never get married until you are 40 or older." No, just kidding (and that wasn't from Michele - that was from Ryan).

    Really, there have been two from his family. First, "Always have a back-up plan." Just good advice in general - that way you have something to fall back on. Second, don't take it personally when you don't get a role. Decisions are made on a lot of criteria and you don't know what they are. It may have nothing to do with you or your talent.

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  2. What types of shows and movies do you prefer to work on?
    He would love to work on more movies (set dressing) and enjoys period pieces, especially projects taking place in the 1930s and 1940s. He really likes that era. He would have loved to have worked on The Aviator.
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  3. What type of character do you enjoy playing most? Is there a type of character that is more challenging for you?
    He would really like to do some comedy. He likes the more wacky, off-the-wall characters. Something different. He really would like to have some roles like Johnny Depp has had. A wide range of unusual characters.
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  4. What do you think has been your best piece of work - in any profession?
    He said he has had some scenes in classes he has done where he thinks his performance was top of the line and he thought he did some good work. He also said he liked some of his performances in Family Game - there were some nights he felt he gave a really solid, realistic, powerful performance.
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  5. Do you think that growing up in an industry family has helped or hurt you in the business?
    It did open some doors for him in some cases but you have to be able to back it up and do the work. He may have been better prepared to deal with the ups and downs associated with the business and may have had a few more opportunities. Ultimately, though, he did go his own direction and create his own career.
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  6. Do you get a lot of name recognition and are you treated differently?
    It doesn't happen as much as you might think. On occasion people will ask. But in Los Angeles just about everyone is in the business so it isn't as much of a big deal.
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  7. Does Ryan keep in touch with any of the guys from Jesse Hawkes?
    He and Chad McQueen became good friends. He hasn't seen Chad in awhile but they are still friends. The only other guy from Jesse Hawkes that he has seen recently was Ramon Estevez. They bumped into each other on the Warner Brothers lot. Ryan was working on Invasion and Ramon was working on West Wing.
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  8. What did he think of the teen magazine coverage he received during the 1980s?
    He really didn't have much to do with it and didn't pay any attention to it. They had followed Shaun and David and just carried it over to Ryan regardless of what he was doing or if he wanted to participate.
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  9. What acting coaches has Ryan had? Who has he studied under?
    Ryan has been studying his craft since the age of 18 with a number of acting schools, taking workshops and classes. For a long time he had a group that he met with regularly and they would read a play, working on their performances at each other's houses. The one coach that he has mentioned to me is the late Peggy Feury who also coached such actors as Sean Penn, Chris Penn, Johnny Depp, Meg Ryan, Sherilyn Fenn, Sela Ward, Meg Tily, Michelle Pfeiffer and Anjelica Houston. Ryan was one of the students at The Loft Studio in 1984-1985. He is now passing what he knows to young actors by helping his friend Scott Colomby who has his own acting school. Ryan helps coach, run lines and does scenes with the students. He does take developing his craft seriously and passes what he knows to others.
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  10. Are there any roles you wish you had and would have done differently? Are there any of your roles as you look back that you would have done differntly?
    Of course over time you grow and develop as an actor. Every role has room for improvement and if I had known then what I know now, I would probably have done roles differently. I would be more focused I was 18 when I as in Facts and life experience gives you better insight into acting. It gives you more to draw from. Other people's roles that I wish I'd had? I can't think of any off the top of my head.
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  11. Are there any characters/scenes from your classes that you wish you could have done in front of a larger audience? (Note from the WM: I know you were trying to find a way to perform "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea" a few years ago. . .)
    Yeah, I was - that would have been fun, too. Yeah, there has been a lot of scene work in a class that I wish I had been able to do in front of a larger audience.

    WM: Do you draw energy from a larger audience or does it distract? Do you forget they are there?

    RC: You can definitely draw energy from a larger audience and it can feed into what you are doing. If you forget they are there that can be good as well because that means you are focused. It depends on what you are doing. I can forget they are there. Having a larger audience, though, it can help you, too.

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  12. Would you ever do a reality show to increase visibility or do you consider them too invasive?
    I do not like reality shows. Not at all. No, I wouldn't do one. Unless they were positive. Then maybe. But most of them aren't.
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  13. What is it about set dressing that broght you into the profession and keeps you interested?
    I love decorating. I love the whole artistic element of it - making things look inviting. I love creating vinnettes - a setting that says something - has a story behind it. When I moved into my house I was always moving things around. For the first few months I moved things and changed things.

    WM: I remember for awhile you were always working on the house.

    RC: Yes, I was. I was always changing something.

    WM: Didn't you say your dad was like that? He was always redesigning part of the house when you were growing up?

    RC: Yeah, the house I grew up in was filled with antiques and we was always doing something. He was a cabinet maker, worked on furniture -

    WM: Do you do that? Do you make furniture and such?

    RC: No, I'm not like he was. I'm not as good with my hands. He actually had a workshop in the back where he would make things. I'm more. . .

    WM: You have the ability to design and coordinate.

    RC: Exactly. I can look at things and just tell which colors will look good together. What desgins will look good together.

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  14. Is there anything you wouldn't do as an actor? Commercials? Nudity? Physical changes (like DeNiro in Raging Bull or Tom Hanks in Cast Away)? Your own stunts? Questionnable or controversial themes?
    I'd do anything for a role if it was needed. You're talking about two very accomplished actors and sometimes you have to take more drastic steps to get into a role. Tom Hanks is one of my favorites. If it is reasonable and necessary, I would do it for the role. Absolutely.
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  15. Would you ever do a truly political project? Controversial projects? To make a statement? Are there any political causes you feel very strongly about?
    Sure I would. Causes? As long as it is positive. . .I'll tell you. There is a movie out right now called Brokeback Mountain. Heath Ledger is in it - my brother Shaun hired him years ago for Roar. I haven't seen it yet but I want to. I hear he is great. I would love to do a role like that. A gay role. I would have no problem with it. I'm not gay. But I have friends who are and am very comfortable, very supportive. I'm secure in who I am. I could do great things with a role like that if I had the chance. I really could.

    WM: You're not afraid of stigma.

    RC: Not at all. It would be a great opportunity.

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  16. What is your best professional accomplishment?
    I'd say it happened this past year. The play I did. Dangerous Liaisons (click to see the set photos and reviews).

    WM: The set design.

    RC: Yes. I was really proud of that. We got some great reviews.

    WM: Your certainly did. The sets were gorgeous.

    RC: Actually, right now I'm putting together my resume for possibly another play.

    WM: How are you going to fit that in with the 60 hours a week on Invasion?

    RC: That's just it. I don't know if I'll be able to do it. Invasion takes a lot of my time.

    WM: But you enjoy the work. Do you have plans of moving from set dressing to more design?

    RC: No, there are people who sit ina room with tables and figure out where a wall goes. What paint to use. I find the pictures, the tables. . .

    WM: Not stuck in a room.

    RC: Right.

    WM: I think an entertainment channel ran a special calling set dressing one of the coolest jobs in Hollywood.

    RC: I find that very hard to beleieve. It isn't. It is very physical. You are always moving something or adjusting it. Now production designers - they really create the look of the scene. The woman that works on Invasion. Sometimes I just watch her work. It is very interesting.

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  17. Are there any roles, movies, etc that you aspire to?
    Not a specific one that I can think of. I really like the work of Russel Crowe, Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks. I'd like to be able to do work like that.
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  18. Do you have any opinions on the big award contenders this year?
    Oh, I've been so busy I couldn't even tell you who was nominated right now. I'll tell you, though, Cinderella Man - I saw that earlier this year. That one was good. Another one I have been wanting to see and that's Munich. (12/05)
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  19. With all of the press attention to celebrity couples, what does Ryan think of this both as an actor and considering both of his parents are/were celebrities? Does he date actresses? Does he think the press attention hurts a relationship?
    He tries not to date actresses (generally) and thinks the media hype can really can harm a relationship. He has seen it happen to many couples.
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  20. Hey Ryan (or Michele or both), With Ryan's interest in history I assume he has delved into research on his own family roots. I will be traveling to Ireland this fall and wondered what part of the country his family is from? and if Ryan has ever traveled to the Emerald Isle?? That's it, thank you...... Martha
    The Cassidys hail from County Cork, Ireland (I confirmed this with Ryan). He has not had the opportunity to visit the Emerald Isle yet. Have a wonderful trip!
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  21. Does Ryan have a myspace?
    Update as of 12/07 - Ryan and I decided it was best to remove him from MySpace due to privacy and security concerns. We launched our MySpace page in October 2006: http://myspace.com/ryancassidycom
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  22. I noticed that your Dad had had worn a gold ring on the last finger of his left hand. When your brother Shaun was on tv during the 70's, he had also worn a gold ring on the last finger of his left hand, very similar to your dad's. There is a photo on your site where the ring again appears. Is this something that has been passed down, or does each member have this ring as a symbol of the family crest?
    Jack did a great deal of genealogical research and had, to my knowledge, six crest rings made. One for himself, one for each of his sons and one for his brother Joe. All of the sons have worn this proudly. You can see the ring in both this picture of Jack and the one of Ryan below. I have seen the ring myself and it is truly beautiful - something Ryan cherishes.

    Shaun eventually put his ring away for safekeeping to give to his son Jake (I am not sure if Jake has it yet.). Sadly, three of the original six rings have been stolen. Patrick had both his own and his father's ring. These were stolen presumably by workmen in his home in 1999. David's ring was stolen from his dressing room in 2001. Ryan is the only one of the original six owners that still wears this ring and it is a constant presence on his left hand, same as his father. It is a very important symbol of their family - both past and present and Ryan can tell you the exact day he received it.

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  23. I've seen from past television interviews that Shaun and David don't care too much for Marty Ingels. Does Ryan have a good relationship with his step-father Marty Ingels?
    I think most stepfamilies have complicated relationships at times. The Cassidys, while having a famous name and a lot of talent, are still very much a real, regular family. There has been tension between Marty and each of the brothers. Types and levels of tension has varied over time. There has been detante - Ryan went out to dinner with his mother and Marty for his birthday last year (2005). But Ryan doesn't speak negatively about his stepfather - no matter what generalities Marty has stated to the press.
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