16th November 2022
Interview: Shane Ramdhany
Editor-in-chief: Owen James Vincent
Photographer: Noah Erwin
ReVamp: The Inner Screen’s Lead Writer, Shane Ramdhany, interviews Jacob Moran, who stars as Billy from The Black Phone. His infectious personality parallels his passion for film, making him poised to play a significant role in the industry. He takes this opportunity to discuss his career goals, inspirations, as well as his upcoming future projects.
What was your experience like working on The Black Phone?
Jacob: When I auditioned for The Black Phone, I auditioned for multiple characters and ended up with Billy. What I liked about the character was that he didn’t really have a back story. This allowed me to be creative and make up my own narrative. I really enjoyed that because Billy was not like me so it gave me a new and different experience. Everyone in the cast and crew were just awesome on the set, they were a pleasure to work with. Watching the movie come to life was just so magical for me.
Shane: I imagine it’s such a special feeling on set to pick up on such positive, creative energy. It also sounds like you had your own creative platform with Billy so this must have been very liberating.
What was the biggest challenge for you working on this film?
Jacob: The opportunity to create Billy’s back story on my own was what I enjoyed the most but was also the most challenging. This challenge was essentially coming up with a life story for Billy and really thinking about who he was as a person.
Shane: The aspect of the role that is the most creative inevitably is the most challenging as you work to create something that both you and the audience like.
Who is your role model?
Jacob: People who do film work behind and in front of the camera like Jason Blum and Mark Wahlberg are the people I look up to the most. My goal is to start my own business such as a production company as I have always been interested in the business side of film.
Shane: Going that route will enable you to expand on your creativity in many ways.
What is your idea of the ideal role?
I love the Outer Banks and Stranger Things because I can really relate to those kids. Watching those actors in those shows has enabled me to learn a lot and has inspired me.
Shane: Did you feel like that working on The Black Phone?
Jacob: Yes, absolutely. There is one particular scene with myself and the other kids in the rain which just gave off this Stranger Things vibe of such a connection.
Shane: Shows that allow you to connect with your peers enable you to acquire more than just creative acting skills, it sounds like it is really about the relationships.
Jacob: Yes! Definitely.
How do you like to spend your time when you aren’t in school/acting?
I love outdoor activities including golf, water sports, mountain biking and I am also pretty passionate about music. I play the drums and guitar since I was 7 years old. When I did school of rock that’s when I really picked up because I was playing guitar and drum all the time. I love any genre of music.
Shane: Have you given any thought into how you would incorporate this love of music if you were to start your own production business?
Jacob: That’s a great question. I think I would like to keep this business goal focused on film and keep music as a hobby that I can continue to love and enjoy.
Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?
I have a film coming out called “New Shoes,” which is based on the true story of Rapper, Thommy Kane. We are thinking of showing it at film festivals this coming spring. It really is a great story and one that I had a lot of fun working on with Thommy.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Jacob: Just look out for “New Shoes,” this spring and check out The Black Phone if you haven’t already!