Fil-Am actor Conrad Ricamora talks about “Fire Island”

Conrad Ricamora and Joel Kim Booster in Fire Island. Courtesy of Hulu/Searchlight “Fire Island”

“Fire Island” is a romantic comedy inspired by the Jane Austen classic “Pride and Prejudice”.

It is written by and stars Joel Kim Booster in the central role. Conrad Ricamora plays the film’s equivalent of the aloof romantic hero Mr. Darcy.

A veteran of stage and television, one of the Filipino American actor’s most memorable performances was as Ninoy Aquino in the musical “Here Lies Love.” He admits playing Mr. Darcy was something he didn’t think was possible for him.

“I feel like things are changing because of people like Joel writing the script that he wrote. Honestly, that wasn’t on my list because I thought after six years of being on ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ playing this iconic gay couple, it wasn’t even on my radar,” Ricamora said.

“I love the character. I loved the character from Keira Knightley’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ movie, and so when it came along I was so excited and so thrilled to have the opportunity to audition for it. .”

Fire Island.  Courtesy of Hulu/Searchlight
Courtesy of Hulu/Searchlight “Fire Island”

“Fire Island” features talent and characters finally getting their well-deserved stardom in the rom-com genre. It centers around various characters and the friendships, joy and romance of queer people – themes that have been largely absent from Hollywood films. Directed by Andrew Ahn, the film employed queer talent on and off screen, adding a layer of authenticity to the storytelling.

Booster thought he was making history ten years ago when he first visited Fire Island in New York, a place frequented by members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

“Not only is it a gay story, but it’s very specifically a story about the Asian American gay experience. And I think there are a lot of questions when you’re trying to sell something like that, whether or not there is is something that the wider audience can engage with. And I think what the industry is starting to realize is that when you tell specific stories, when you tell specific hyper-specific stories in particular, there’s a universality to the themes. it’s about friendship. It’s about chosen family,” Booster noted.

The film also features Booster’s best friend, “Saturday Night Live” cast member Bowen Yang, who credits Booster with writing a role that challenged him as an actor. .

“That meant everything. As a performer, artist, I think what you always want to do is present something that feels like your full self and I feel like Joel just gave me that opportunity “Yang said.

The cast, which includes veteran comedian Margaret Cho, also consists of real-life friends.

Fire island poster.  Courtesy of Hulu/Searchlight
Courtesy of Hulu/Searchlight “Fire Island”

“They really are my best friends and so I don’t take that for granted at all,” actor Matt Rogers said. “It’s just an amazing experience that I don’t think will be easily replicated.”

“Fire Island” is now streaming on Hulu.

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