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Arrow - J.R. Ramirez on his role as Ted Grant

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J.R. Ramirez is an actor on the rise. The Cuban born Ramirez left the country to be raised in Florida, which is where he “caught the bug” and found he wanted to become an actor. “I started modeling in my late teens and got into doing commercials. I liked being in front of a camera, so I went on to do some theater and take classes.” After roles on House of Payne, 90210 and Emily Owens, MD Ramirez moved on to two big profiles television roles. He is returning to Starz’s Power as a series regular after recurring in the first season and has joined The CW’s Arrow as Ted Grant for an arc that begins this Wednesday. I got to talk to the very humble and interesting actor about both of these roles.

On Arrow Ramirez will be playing Ted Grant, best known in the comics by his superhero identity Wildcat. The character destiny is to be the who trained Black Canary. Ramirez’s Ted Grant is a ex-boxer who now runs a gym for under privileged youth. “Ted has gone through a lot in his life. He has had a lot of hardships and was in and out of the system. I was really looking forward to diving into the character and discover the reason he is taking the steps that he is to help the kid and give back.” He could not reveal much about his character’s story, but did say “they carved out a nice little arc for me.”