The actor and singer-songwriter has some exciting ventures coming up in 2022, including a new ambassadorship with luxury luggage brand Tumi
US actor, singer and songwriter Anthony Ramos is set to appear in The Bad Guys, an animated crime comedy directed by Pierre Perifel, in April.
A respected force in theatre, he received a 2021 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series or Movie in his performance in the 2020 Disney+ production of Hamilton. Last year, he also appeared in Jon M Chu’s critically acclaimed musical drama film In the Heights.
He is also a new ambassador for luxury luggage brand Tumi’s “Life in Forward Motion” campaign, joining South Korean footballer Son Heung-min, UK-based F1 driver Lando Norris and US singer-songwriter Gracie Abrams.
In an exclusive interview with Tatler, the actor tells us what we can look forward to from him this year.
What has kept you busy over the past year, and what can we look forward to you next?
[In 2021] I had In the Heights release, and my second album Love & Lies came out. I shot Transformers: Rise of the Beasts [to be released June 9, 2023].
[This year] I have been working on my new album and will start promoting the release of the upcoming animated Dreamworks film Bad Guys [to be released April 22, 2022] before I start working on Ironheart for Marvel.
Have you been able to travel?
I shot Transformers in Montreal and Peru, both locations that I loved. I have been recording in Miami, New York City and Los Angeles.
Every few weeks, I also make sure I get to Puerto Rico—my favourite spot of them all.
Where do you feel most at home?
Home for me is [a space for] creating, and having the freedom and space to do that. Between work and leisure, I’m on the road more and more these days, so it’s great to be able to unpack wherever I am in the world and be present in that space—whether it’s in the studio, writing or on set shooting.
Why do you think representative storytelling matters?
Being a kid from Brooklyn, who didn’t grow up with a lot of money, I think it’s important to see real people tell real stories.
By sharing my experience, I hope to inspire others with stories like mine to pursue their dreams as well.
How did you become involved in Tumi’s Life in Forward Motion campaign, which spotlights the relaunch of Tumi’s popular Alpha Bravo Collection of backpacks, totes and briefcases?
My team asked me to put together a list of my favourite brands that I would want to work with. Tumi has always been at the top of my list. I was first introduced to their gear by my music director Will Wells, who always travelled with Tumi: everything from his carry-on, his backpack to cases holding his instruments.
He would always tell me “Bro, you have to level up and get yourself some Tumi [products]”. Fast forward three years later, Tumi came to me with the campaign idea and the opportunity to partner, and I kind of felt like it was manifested.
Does the campaign speak to you personally?
For me, “Life in Forward Motion” [means] always evolving, growing and being on the move.
My work takes me all over the world, which is a blessing. I love travelling to new places and meeting new people. So, the campaign is very reflective of my every day [life].
What is your favourite piece from the Alpha Bravo collection?
My favourite style from the new collection is the chest pack. I’m always carrying around my phone or keys, so being hands-free while everything is literally right in front of me and easy to grab is legit. It also can be worn a few different ways, so I can change up the style to fit my look.
What stands out about these pieces?
The backpacks have all these compartments, [which] keeps me organised. When you live out of a suitcase most days, your travel bags become so essential. The bags are compact but somehow fit everything you need in them and more.