John Theodore "Theo" Rossi is an American actor, best known for his role on the FX series Sons of Anarchy as Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz.
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Hi redditors! I'm Theo Rossi. I currently play Juice on FX's Sons of Anarchy.
Our final season kicks off Tuesday, September 9 at 10 p.m. If you need to catch up, Season 6 is available now on Blu-ray and DVD...
Today, I'm here to answer any questions that you may have... except Season 7 questions, because you know deep in your heart that you don't want me to ruin your ride on the greatest season ever. Victoria's helping me get started. Let's do this!
Thank you all so much for my first Reddit chat. I appreciate every single one of you crazy kids and I truly can't wait for you all to see what's in store for this final SOA season. If you're not caught up to the final one get your butt cheeks to the store and snatch up season 6 asap so no one ruins it for you. Much love and again thanks.
Hey Theo! Thanks for taking the time today to chat with us. Question and a comment if you will.
Question: SoA is an absolute favorite show (shameless plug for /r/sonsofanarchy), but another show that I love was "Jericho," which you had a great cameo in. What was the vibe like on set with as polarizing as it was between fans and the network?
Comment: Please stop crying; I can't take another season of Jucie crying.
Take care Theo.
Awesome, awesome show... amazing people, and you know, I was SUPER surprised that it didn't hit the way I thought it was going to be. A really great show and a really great cast. Like you, I was surprised. I think that's why it was such a cult favorite. I'm just surprised it didn't take off mainstream.
Haha - thanks.
Who on the SOA set is most similar to their character in real life? Who is most different?
I would say Bobby Elvis is the most. And Katey Segal is the most different.
Who is the biggest prankster on set?
Who is the most serious on set?
I would say the most serious would be anyone who has a very intense day. That day. You know, we always know when somebody's got their headphones on, no jokes that day, they're in it, they are between scenes listening to whatever they are listening to - music is a huge part of my life as an actor and a lot of other people's. So whomever's avoiding the crowds, that's the serious person. It changes a lot.
Did you know your character would be headed down such a crazy arch when you signed on to SOA??
You know, my character has basically - I'm the luckiest person on television because I've gotten to play every single human emotion. He started as the funny, loyal guy and has become this psychopath, lost character. It's truly why you get into this business, to play every emotion, and I'm lucky enough to do it for one character on one series.
Mr. Rossi! Thank you for doing an AMA! Firstly, I have to tell you, you have left me weeping a few times in Sons of Anarchy. Thank you for moving me! Secondly, your efforts in providing support for wounded soldiers and soldiers effected by PTSD is so important, and I want to thank you for your kindness and generosity. My questions for you are:
1- Do you find it hard winding down after filming intense scenes with Sons? With some of the trouble you guys find your way into, or the personal struggles Juice experiences, do you struggle at all to switch out of Juice’s head and problems and go back to being happy, law-abiding Theo?
2- With Sons coming to a close, where would you like to see Juice at the end of it all?
3- What’s your favourite show on TV currently?
Thanks again for doing this AMA, and looking forward to your next projects!
1) Wow. You know, you live with the character for 6 months a year, and since he's been born it's been a bit of an emotional roller coaster for Juice, but the greatest thing about acting is you do it, then you try to leave that stuff where it belongs on the set, and you try to just maintain as normal as you can. I learned the hard way a long time ago that it's better to be a law abiding citizen, so i try to do that.
2) Oh man, I would just love to see him at peace.
3) Besides SOA, because as weird as it sounds to people, I'm a huge fan of the show, even though sometimes Juice drives me crazy - Boardwalk Empire.
Favorite episode ever of SoA?
Hard question. Because I'm such a huge fan of the show. But I really really love the season 3 finale. And I also thought the season 6 finale was pretty incredible.
It's so awesome to see you team up with The Humane Society, an organization that actually makes a difference in promoting animal welfare. How did you become involve with them?
It was such an honor, having 3 rescue dogs of my own. I've never lived a day in my life without a dog, or at least a dog and a lot of other animals. I became involved with them because it was a natural fit, because i've been trying to help out with a lot of other rescue organizations. So when they needed someone to be a street dog defender, I was so honored.
How was working with Marilyn Manson? Is he very serious off camera or is he funny?
He's very unique.
How many real tattoos do you have?
8 There is also a site called soa tattoo stories that tells the stories behind the character tattoos.
Do you have any plans thus far to be in Kurt's next show? And is the spin-off still possible?
I believe Kurt has talked a lot about the prequel series, at one point or another. And right now there's a couple other things lined up. So I'm just excited about the future.
if you could change one choice that your character has made what would it be?
I truly think I love Kurt's ideas so much. Every single thing has led us to this point. So I wouldn't change a thing.
AS A CHARACTER, As Juice, I would change a bunch of things. OH MY GOD, as Juice, I would have told The Club what Roosevelt was trying to do with my Dad.
What's it like behind the scenes when an actor on Sons Of Anarchy learns they're getting killed of?
It's always absolutely heartbreaking, because we're such a huge family (which I think radiates on-screen, ya know?) so whenever we lose anybody - guest stars, small roles, we're all so close that we still see each other all the time, but it's just not in the show, and that's just heartbreaking.
You gonna live to see the final episode or what?!
Patience is a virtue.
Big fan Theo! What's the best story you can think of that happened on set between you and other SOA actors?
Every day is the best story, because whenever - if I had to sum up the 7 years of this show, it's just constant laughter. We constantly go at each other, and nobody is spared of getting made fun of at least ten times a day. It's like being in high school and it's amazing. You laugh from beginning to end because we do so much stark stuff on the show, between "action" and "cut" we're doing all this crazy stuff, but after that we're having fun and laughing.
First I'd like to say that I've loved the show from the beginning. My question is, were you into motorcycles prior to the show? If not has it changed your feelings to them?
Yes, I always was. But I didn't really ride. I had a license but I hadn't ridden until the show, in '08. And now I own 2 bikes and ride every day.
Love your inspirational "Go Get It" hashtags on Twitter. What's the story behind it?
Go Get It is how I decided to live my life. You know, by not being an extra in my own life. I try to just - motivation is a blessing, I believe. And I get it from all different places. And the hashtag just started because as much as they are tweeted out to other people, it's also for me. Go Get It has become a way of life for me and the people around me - it's about getting up and doing the best we can to make the world better, and the people around us.
Did you actually bite Katey's hand when you were filming?
I did on one take by mistake.
What's your favorite color?
It's generic, but probably black.
How do you feel filming the last season of such an epic TV-show ?
Any future plans ?
Yes. A bunch of stuff that will all be announced soon. And super-excited about the next chapter. But at the same time... Sons is the greatest gig I've ever had in my life.
What made you want to go into acting? you did good with all the Staten Strong work and fundraising.
Because someone told me I couldn't do it. And for all the Staten Strong stuff, thank you so much... all the nonprofits we work with and charity work is honestly the greatest part of being able to do this.
Hi Theo, how are you? Ever been to Argentina? sadly we dont have a broadcaster for SOA :( but any words for fans here? Thanks!
I've gotten as far as Uruguay and Buenos Aires... yeah, I was there a couple years ago, and hopefully I would love to be back in South America sooner rather than later. I absolutely loved South America, it's an absolutely beautiful beautiful place. And I can't wait to go back!
Hi Theo! Love u & love the show! How are you feeling, knowing the end of the show is near?
It hasn't hit me yet. I don't think it'll hit me until the show stops airing in December. It hasn't hit me at all.
Hi, Theo! Sons can be a pretty dark and serious show. How do you guys maintain some levity when you're taping? Thanks for taking the time to talk to us!
Just because the levity is maintained by - we talk about, we've now been together, all the time, for seven years. So we joke around, we talk about our families, our this, our that. We keep it, we know so much about each other, we're so tight at this point - when you're not shooting a scene, you're usually talking about everything else.
Boxers or Briefs? Socks or barefoot? Coffee or tea? Beach or mountains? Mani or pedi? :P
Boxer briefs. Depends on where i'm at. Both. Beach. Manscape!
Mr.Rossi, thanks for doing this for the fans. Do you have a favorite dish/drink that you enjoy?
Sweet iced tea and almond butter. It's true.
Do you think Juice does his hit on his own or does he have a barber he frequents?
Been doing my own the whole time. Love cutting that JuiceHawk
Hey Theo! What's your favourite movie?
I would say my favorite movie.. that's a tough one... I would say as a full movie, I think, yeah... The Godfather or Casablanca. They're both tied for me.
What was your initial reaction to when you read the script for the season 6 finale?
Holy Bananas Batman!
Hey theo what would you say "juices" best and worst moments and have you ever felt truly connected with him as a character ? Juice is probably my favourite character for various reasons as well
Always feel connected to that crazy bastard. No real Best and Worst. Truly find every move made with the character interesting and on point. So fun to play.
Where did you acquire your dogs, and what's the story behind their names? They are the most handsome animals on the planet
All rescues and street dogs. Never have lived a day of my life without at least two. Never plan to.
What's your favourite marvel movie? Thx : )
I thought Guardians of the Galaxy was pretty great.
Hey Theo. Love your work. If you weren't an actor, what would have been your profession of choice?
Were you mad your bike got run over last season? I'm sure you were attached to it after riding since the first season. How do you like the new bike? Any favorite custom details that they made for Juice?
Shout out to UAlbany Alumni!
Go Great Danes!
Iphone holder was a cool addition back in 08'
Hi Theo! You do alot of charity work. What charities are you involved with?
Boot Campaign, Humane Society, AVSP (A Very Special Place), I've done stuff for the USO, a couple USO tours, Louie's Legacy, Kim's organization, anybody who needs me. I do as much as I can.
Theo, gonna miss that smile every week! With SOA ending, what do you think about spending time behind the camera?
I found a major love for producing after my companies first film and I'm really excited about our upcoming projects. Acting will always be my first love creatively especially when it's material as brilliant as SOA.
How has your relationship with other cast members changed over the course of the series?
Do cast members ever visit after their characters are killed off?
100% and we've only grown closer.
Hi Theo! I read that you do work and raise awareness for soldiers with PTSD. Can you tell us a little bit about this? I think it is a great cause.
Please visit BOOTCAMPAIGN.com and see all we have going on.
Hey Theo! Thanks for doing this and taking time out today with the fans, commend you on this! First question is, how has being Sons Of Anarchy changed you as an actor? and maybe now you can tell us, can you do you know how to dance? Many would love to know some of your hidden talents
Any plans on attending a Riders game with Kim soon?
For sure and hopefully will happen. Go Riders!
What is your favourite alcoholic beverage and when are you coming visit the UK? :-)
Hopefully sooner than later.
Hi Theo! I have a question; How much of "Juice"(obviously the character not the beverage) do you take with you when you're off set?
I for sure bring some of it home because sometimes it's hard not to. Hence why I don't leave my house, haha