Damian Romeo can most recently be seen starring as Matt Press in the hit Netflix series Ginny & Georgia. Shooting to number 1 on Netflix with the release of its second season, Ginny & Georgia is quickly solidifying its status as a fan-favorite with all the twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat.
We spoke with Damian about his experience portraying Matt Press on the hit drama, his hopes for his character and the series moving forward, his upcoming thriller Pins and Needles in which he will reunite with his Ginny & Georgia co-star, and what his fans can look forward to from him next.
Read on for our exclusive interview with Damian Romeo below:
Firstly, we just wanted to congratulate you on the success of Ginny & Georgia season 2. Number 1 on Netflix and just overall a great season.
Thank you so much. It’s been a wild ride for all of us on Ginny & Georgia.
To start off, can you talk a little about your character and what viewers can expect from them?
I think Matt Press depicts the typical high school experience. He’s a part of a friend group that is involved with an experience in high school. Matt Press comes across as quite a jerk and can be a bit of an ass to his friends but I think that he has his own troubles that he’s dealing with. He needs to work on his communication skills. There’s a quote that the writers and the creators live by and it’s “Hurt people, hurt people.” I think everyone has something going on. That’s deeper than their interactions and what you see at first.
I agree. Press seems like he can be a complex character. I think there’s room to uncover layers to him and that potential to expand his character.
I totally think so. The writers have never given me a backstory to Press or let me know his direction or path but it’s also my job as an actor to craft my own story so I can develop my own reasonings behind his actions. Press has a lot going on in his own life. The reason why Press does the things he does is maybe he has a not-so-good role model in his household.
When he goes to school he just reacts the same way that he’s been shown. I think this is the only way of communicating that he’s been shown. That’s not to say that it’s right. I think everybody makes mistakes and every person in the whole world has space to grow and learn better.
What would you say your hopes are for Press moving forward in season 3?
My hopes are that he has a bit of a character arc. I can’t play a character who is just an asshole. There’s no growth for me as an actor. My hopes are that there is a little bit of hope with him finding out Abby has been taping her legs. It’s the first time he’s realized that his words have a big impact on people around him. I don’t want him to double down. I want him to grow from that as all young men should. I would want people who act like Press realize that words hurt and there is the opportunity for growth.
That’s important to see these days in media.
I think I see when I watch television shows and films I see characters that are one track. That’s who they are and no change is happening. A part of entertainment is not just looking at chracters as who they are in the moment but watching them grow and relating back to them. It’s important to see characters change and grow in a healthy way.
What would you say originally attracted you to joining Ginny & Georgia?
Ginny & Georgia kind of chose me. I presented my idea of who Matt Press was and lucky for me it coincided with what they wanted for Press and we went from there. I never thought in a million years that this one audition would help me get this far.
So far it seems to be working out.
I think so. Ginny & Georgia has been amazing. It’s put me on the map because it’s quite hard for Canadian actors to branch out of Canada. Our industry is big but the competition is so fierce. It can feel very cold like the weather. My next step would be to get my visa so I could audition in the states. I’m excited to try and open up those doors.
We see Press’s character interacting with Abby a lot this season. Abby’s been struggling so we wonder do you think we could see her relationship with Press in a more positive light?
Totally. Whatever happens is from the sake of storytelling. I have zero say in his words or actions. But my hope would be that there’s growth for the both of them. I hope that if Press comes back for season 3, Press can be a positive influence on Abby. I want to see growth. To see this young man change for the better and learn some hard lessons along the way.
I find myself enjoying side characters more sometimes. There’s so much to explore and learn from them. Hopefully Netflix gives us more than 10 episodes so we can explore them.
I wish. Ginny & Georgia is one of those stories where there’s a lot going on. I’m not sure if this is true but I think I’m on screen for seasons 1 and 2 maybe 10 minutes. Literally [laughs]. I think what you said about side chracters rings true because side characters dont have too much planning involved so it can be up to the actor to develop their craft and develop something worth watching.
Then again, it’s not Matt Press & Abby, you know. It’s Ginny & Georgia. So I don’t expect anything more, I”m not in that mindset. I’m happy to be a part of such a fantastic show that’s made such an impact.
Are there any fun memories that stick out to you from filming with the cast?
We used to party and karaoke and sing our hearts out. I would go to a specialty meat store and I’d pick up some boar or moose and bring them over. We would hang out and have different types of meat and cheese. We would just hang out and talk.
You really can’t go wrong with cheese.
Nope. I’d make charcuterie boards. My brother likes to joke he would start a business delivering charcuterie boards. You know when you’re home and you don’t know what you want to eat but you’re not that hungry, you could get a nice charcuterie [laughs]. I try to make my own but it’s never like it is in a restaurant.
You also have Pins and Needles coming out. Can you talk a little about your role and what attracted you to that project?
I knew the casting director and that Chelsea [Clark] was tied to it as well and I was excited to work with her again. It’s a horror film but I can’t share too many details because I don’t want to spoil anything. It’s shot here in Canada. It should be a wild ride. I think anyone who watches it will have fun.
What was that experience reuniting with Chelsea? Was there a comfort in seeing a familiar face?
Yeah, it’s interesting to see each other play different characters. It’s interesting playing a character like Matt Press and people meet me and realize I am nothing like him at all. It was fun to be a different character with Chelsea knowing we had just come from Ginny & Georgia.
What’s next for you? What can your fans look forward to from you next?
It’s been crazy. It’s been great. I want it to be busy. I can’t talk much about what’s coming up but I know I’m ready to make a bigger impact.
Thank you so much to Damian Romeo for taking the time to speak with us!
This interview has been edited for clarity and length.
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