Interview by Vassilios Nicolaos Vitsilogiannis
Ronn Moss grew up around the entertainment industry. He knew at the age of 11, after he had watched the Beatles appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, that he wanted to play music and taught himself the guitar, bass guitar and began drum lessons in Hollywood. Ronn formed his bands from his junior high friends and started playing in clubs in Los Angeles.
It was in the late 70s that he met Peter Beckett and JC Crowley and together with Ronn’s high school friend John Friesen formed the band, “PLAYER.” The band was signed by famed Australian manager Robert Stigwood to his RSO records label and garnered a handful of top 40 hits including the #1 enduring smash hit, “Baby Come Back.” PLAYER began touring with Eric Clapton, Heart, Kenny Loggins, Boz Skaggs, Little River Band, Gino Vannelli, as well as headlining their own concerts. Because PLAYER was experiencing a slowdown within the record industry, Ronn decided to try his hand at acting and quickly landed his first film entitled, “Hearts and Armor” that filmed in Sicily and Rome, Italy. Following a progression of movies, TV shows and commercials, led Ronn to originate the iconic role of Ridge Forrester for the CBS Daytime drama, “The Bold And The Beautiful.” Over the next 25 years the show became a worldwide sensation spanning 130 countries, making Ronn an internationally recognized face and personality.
Ronn has continued doing music over the years and has done two solo CDs, “I’m Your Man” and “UnCovered” along with four solo tours in Australia. His latest music release is a collection of songs called “My Baby’s Back” and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Reverbnation, and RonnMoss.com.
He has played himself in movies for Italy, “Christmas In Love” and won 2nd place on Italy’s version of “Dancing With The Stars.” In 2012 Ronn decided to exit the role of Ridge Forrester and go into producing with the hit Amazon Prime series, “The Bay” in which he also plays the character of John Blackwell. Ronn was also one of the voices in the animated Disney movie, “Bolt.” Ronn appeared with his wife, Devin Devasquez, on the hit ABC series, “Celebrity Wife Swap.” Ronn is a man of many talents and also loves photography, martial arts, target gun shooting and horseback riding. He has traveled to many countries around the world to host, appear or film a variety of commercials, campaigns and television projects. Together with his Cajun wife, Devin, they have created a wonderful spice called “Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning” which helps raise money for the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Ronn has also launched his own brand of comfort food, Ronn’s Gourmet BBQ Sauce. Ronn and Devin are also supporters of The Thalians, which raises money and awareness for UCLA Operation Mend, helping brave military men and women heal from the wounds of war, physically and mentally. Songs of Love which helps terminally ill children and their families is also a project for this husband and wife duo.
Describe the influence acting had on you to become an actor.
I was a musician since I was 11 years old and felt that acting brought me out of my shyness when I was younger. It also helped me with public speaking.
Do you consider B&B the flagship of your career?
No, I hope not. I wish to do movies now and hope fans will follow me onto new adventures.
What is music for you?
Music was my first career and something I will always do and is a big part of my life. I want to do both music and acting in the future.
I want to take you back to “Baby Come Back” and the band “Player” what are your emotions?
I was 25 years old when “Baby Come Back” hit number one in America and Canada. My band “PLAYER” went on tour with Eric Clapton, Kenny Loggins and Heart and it was a wonderful period in my life. There is nothing like the feeling of performing in front of 25,000 plus people.
When you made decision to depart B&B, did you and your wife sit down to talk things over?
My wife and I are partners and talk over all decisions and this was of course an important decision. However, contrary to what many have thought in the past, she does not influence my decisions, but supports whatever I desire.
Was an incident in your life that worked as a wake-up call in your decision to change many things in your life?
My wife and I were in a horrible car accident prior to my decision to leave B&B and that accident left me with an injured shoulder and a head injury that made it difficult to remember so much dialogue required on B&B. I felt like that helped me decide among other things that it was time to leave that show.
What are some of your current projects?
I have a new romantic comedy we produced last year in Italy that is going to be released next month called, “Surprise Trip.” I have a winter music tour in Italy, and I’m reprising a successful play in Belgium next spring. We are also in the midst of preparing for a western that I hope to shoot in Bulgaria next summer.
Due to your tight schedule do you continue doing your hobbies?
My hobby has always been photography and I love traveling to so many beautiful places now and taking more photos of my travels.
Do you like traveling and what are your favorite countries?
Traveling during Covid hasn’t been so much fun as prior times, but I do love visiting all of Europe.
If you had to undo things you’ve done what would them be?
I tend to think everything I have done has led me to where I am today, so I don’t wish to undo anything.
You’re chasing your love which is music. What are your plans on this?
Music has always been a part of me so I don’t feel I’m chasing anything. I’m just free now to show people that side of me. I plan to record more music and do more concerts.
Your motto in life and your advice to the new generation?
Do what you love and what you are passionate about and don’t worry about money. Money will come from your passion and from what you love doing.