What the hell is going on with my hair??? Was I insane??? I do miss the 80's though!
My answers to the questionnaire:
What did you do last night?
I actually shot the first half of a little film, and I do mean little, called Blackbelt Road Rage. I play a blackbelt in karate. It's a comedy obviously. Anyway, it's just a little thing me and a buddy are doing for fun. You can see it on YouTube.com if you type in Ronnie Larsen or Black Belt Road Rage. It's got some swear words in it though, so be warned.
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Breakfast cereal. I'm such a child. I eat Lucky Charms, Cap'n Crunch, Honeycombs, Life. Is that pathetic or what? Everytime I hear about people who cook breakfast I'm so impressed. I hate cooking and I couldn't imagine doing it every day first thing in the morning. Although, last week I did make toast. That's gourmet cooking in my book.
How many hours a night do you sleep?
It totally varies. Some nights I'll sleep 4 hours other times I can sleep 10 hours. Sometimes I stay up 24 hours and then sleep for 12 hours. It's easy to do when you don't have kids. I don't go to bed at a set time. Sometimes I go to bed at 7 in the morning and sometimes at midnight, It's totally erratic. And no I do NOT do crytstal meth or coke.
What is your favorite hour of the day/night and why is it your favorite?
7 PM. In the theatre, 7 PM is the hour before you perform and so usually at 7 PM I feel very geared up.
Where do you live now?
I go back and forth between NY and LA but I spend more time in LA because I love the weather. Love it! And I love the valet parking.
Why did you move there?
I moved to NY to study acting in 1986 and I came to LA in 1995 to do a play. It was the first time I had ever spent time in LA and I fell in love with it.
Do you like living there? Explain.
I love LA and NY but for totally different reasons. They are opposites but I love them both equally. I wrote a blog about this topic actually. I'll include it at the bottom of this page.
What did you do in the years right after high school?
I studied acting. Got kicked out of SUNY Purchase after one semester and then transferred to another acting school in NY called The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I was a Broadway Theater usher for 2 years. That was very cool. I sat lots of famous people. It was pretty exciting for a 17 year old. I also studied in London for a semester. That was very cool, too.
Tell us about your family? Kids? Spouses? Lovers? Partners? Divorces?
Well my mom died (the Mom who rasied me) in February and that was incredibly painful. I was adopted at birth and I met my birth mom about 12 years ago and that was cool. She turned out to be a great person. I have an amazing woman in my life named Caryn Horwitz. She is my business partner and best friend and I've spent the last 15 years with her. It's purely platonic but she is my best friend and people say we act like a married couple. I also have a very nice boyfriend I'm currently dating but I'm a bad boyfriend, I can't do monogamy and I hate making plans in advance. Too much information for you?
Do you have a job outside of your home?
I work outside my home in theatres and other cities but I do most of my work at home.
Do you like your job?
Complicated question. I've been lucky enough to make a living doing theater for the last 15 years but I'm sick of the theater. I want to move into film and video. So I'm in transition right now. It's like starting over but it's also exciting. I've spent many years touring the country in my plays and I'm sick of it. I want to stay home and make movies.
Is it the job you thought you would have when you were back in High School and you contemplated the future?
Yes, but the specifics are different. I thought I would be an actor but I've really made a living as a playwright. I didn't expect that I would become a playwright. I'm a better actor than I am a writer but acting doesn't fulfill me the way writing does.
If you could have any job in the world what would it be?
The job I have.
What was your happiest day last year?
Last year, 2005, was a horrible year for me. Horrible. So I actually made a list of truly happy moments on my blog so I could remember them. LOL. I don't remember one happy moment specifically but Christmas with my mom, her last Christmas, it was very beautiful and simple. We agreed not to do any presents and just focus on being together. It was very powerful and stress-free.
What is your biggest regret from the last 20 years?
That I have lived a life too focused on theater and entertainment. I feel I've been too tunnel-visioned in my life. I'm trying to live a fuller life now with experiences that don't flow out of my life in the theater. I went bowling on Friday. I should do stuff like that more. I want to live a life that is not centered around entertainment. I fantasize about living on a farm and raising chickens!
Do you miss high school? What things do you miss about it?
I do miss it actually. I miss that unbridled feeling of excitement about the future. I miss the fearlessness. I miss the structure. I miss the brilliant mentoring I had. I miss the feeling of being immortal. I miss being forced to interact with people that I may not have met otherwise. I feel lucky to have attended Foothill in 1986 and all my memories are positive.
What is one of your favorite memories from high school?
Winning state championship and hearing I was elected class president. Both of those events were cool. I did not expect to be elected. I really did not.
What is one of your worst memories from high school?
The one that just came to mind was the last day of school when I had to say goodbye to my drama teacher, Peg Pauly. We were both crying very hard. I knew it was the end of a chapter for me. We stayed in contact thru the years and I spoke at her funeral but I always felt I disappointed her because I wound up making a living in theater by writing plays about gay sexuality and she wanted me to pursue a career in Shakespeare Festivals. She didn't approve of the adult comedies I was writing and it strained our relationship a bit. Also, in the end of her life, she got sick very quickly and she didn't want anyone to see her so I never really got to say goodbye. She was like a mother to me. Wow, I haven't thought about alot of this stuff in a while. I really loved her and she had a huge impact on my life. I'm so lucky that I found her and she embraced me. My life would be so different if I hadn't known her. I owe her my life in a way.
Who were your best friends in high school?
Lisa Tolman, Christine Kohn, Cheryl Caswell, Cynthia Bicknell.
Have you kept in touch with them?
I've kept in touch with no one. And I really regret that. Truly.
How is your life different than the life you thought you would have after high school?
It's harder than I thought it would be. Some days it feels like a chore just to get a oil change. There is a lot to worry about. I didn't know so much of life would be spent worrying.
Who was your favorite teacher?
What was the biggest life lesson you learned in high school?
I got gay-bashed before the powder puff football game my senior year and it was a profound experience because so many of my fellow students and school jocks came to my defense and went after the guy and the school administration really supported me. I remember Cliff Johnson specifically being incredibly supportive. I dropped legal charges after the guy apologized and the whole thing was just very powerful to me because even though I was openly gay in High School I felt incredibly accepted by the school and to this day I hate hearing other gay people acting like victims or whining about discrimination. I've never felt like a victim and I think the supportive student body at FHS had a lot to do with shaping the way I view the world. I know there are people out there who hate gay people but so what? There are people out there who hate EVERYONE. Don't act like a victim. That's one thing I learned at Foothill. People will respect you if you just put yourself out there and not apologize for being who you are. They may not agree with you or approve of your lifestyle but they will treat you with respect. That was my experience at Foothill and it shaped my life after high school.
Who was your favorite pop music band in high school?
Adam and the Ants. At one point every piece of wall and ceiling in my bedroom was covered with Adam and the Ants pics. I was obsessed. Then one day I had a shocking realization that Adam Ant probably didn't have any pictures of me on his wall so I took them all down and that was the end of my obsession. I also loved Culture Club and Duran Duran but not to the point of crazy obsession.
Why do you want to attend a high school reunion?
I'm not sure, exactly. I feel this strong need to reconnect with the past and examine it.
Why do you NOT want to attend a high school reunion?
There is no reason I don't want to attend but I do worry about trying to please as many people as possible. It's tricky planning an event for 250 classmates.
Are you nervous about attending your high school reunion?
The work. I'm so nervous about the amount of work to be done and I'm totally concerned about not contacting everyone in time. I want no child left behind! LOL
Do you like answering these questions?
I do. It's interesting to reflect on this stuff.
Do you have any tattoos? What are they?
No, I would never do that. I don't like needles, pins or blood.
What is your favorite food?
Diet Coke out of a cold can poured into a glass with lots of ice. And I like ice cream, too. Hmmm, I wonder why I'm fat!
Are your parents still alive?
My dad is and my birth mother is.
Are you happy with the way you look these days? Please explain.
I am but I shouldn't be. I'm waaaay too fat but everywhere I go I see someone fatter. I need to lose weight so I don't have a heart attack at 40. It's too easy to be a fat-American.
If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?
Buy a really big house with a pool in LA and a big penthouse apt. in NY and then buy homes for everyone in my family.
Are you religious? Spiritual? Agnostic? Is there a God?
I'm agnostic. I just don't know.
What do you watch on TV?
The O'Reilly Factor, Real Time with Bill Maher, 60 Minutes, The Daily Show, Judge Judy, David Letterman, Meet the Press, Wife Swap (just started watching and I'm hooked), The Golden Girls, South Park, shark documentaries, nature shows, The Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live. I actually don't really watch TV as much as I listen to it while I'm on the computer.
What are your three favorite movies?
Jaws, Silence of the Lambs and the entire Alien series.
In what ways have you changed the most from high school?
In some ways I feel I haven't changed at all.
In what ways are you the same from high school?
Still outgoing, confident, funny, GAY!
What do you like most about yourself?
My ability to be alone. I love people but I also love being alone. That's one of the reasons I could never have kids. I couldn't stand to see anyone every single day. I'm a great uncle but I'd be a horrible Dad.
What would you most like to change?
My worrying. I admire people who don't seem to worry about things.
Do you talk on your cellphone while driving?
Always. But on my headset. I wish I didn't though. I hope they outlaw it. I use the car to return phonecalls. It's a horrible habit.
Tell us something that very few people know about you.
I have no secrets. That's my problem. I need more secrets.
What would you like to happen at the reunion? What would leave you satisfied? What do you NOT want to happen at the reunion?
I want everyone to show up. I want everyone to have fun. I want to create an atmosphere where people feel they can share and be loose and be open. And my big worry is that there won't be enough food. Seriously, I'm really worried about that. I have images of me running to Taco Bell in the middle of the party to bring back more food. Please, let there be plenty of food.
Did you enjoy answering these questions?
I did. But my answers were waaaaaay too long. I need an editor.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that wasn't covered in the above questions.
I'm going horseback riding in Mexico on the beach in Rosarito on Friday.