Soaps.com Talks to Terrell Ransom Jr. and His Mom!
Terrell as Theo with his 'parents'. (Soaps.com)
He’s only been on-screen for a few months, but Terrell Ransom Jr. has wasted no time capturing the hearts of Days of Our Lives viewers. As Abe and Lexie’s son Theo, this five-year-old has taken on the role of an Autistic child and is a major reason the storyline has become so compelling.
After getting so many positive comments regarding Terrell, Soaps.com contacted his mother, Katrina Ransom (who let us know she is a regular Soaps.com visitor), and found out a little more about this talented young actor.
Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, Terrell decided he wanted to be on TV, in movies and in magazines after watching “Hannah Montana” one day. “It’s funny, but it’s the truth. He hadn’t had his fourth birthday, yet he knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life,” Katrina recalled.
Having grown up in a family of artists and performers, Terrell displayed his knack for the arts early on. Already interested in singing and playing the drums and piano, Terrell began taking an acting class after his “Hannah Montana” revelation. Even though the teachers were reluctant to take him on because of his young age, Terrell excelled and Katrina decided to move to California to help her son pursue a career in entertainment.
Even though they knew no one in LA, and ‘started from scratch like everyone else’, Terrell signed with an agent shortly after arriving in Hollywood and landed the role of Theo just a couple months later.
Although they didn’t know Terrell would be playing a character with Autism until the day he was officially cast, Katrina and Terrell have taken on the responsibility of this role to heart. “With the help of the head writer Dena Higley sharing her personal story and the support of NBC and Autism Speaks, Days of Our Lives and the Carver family are helping to raise awareness about an epidemic that affects the lives of so many of Terrell’s peers (1 out of 150) and their families. Terrell is blessed to have been chosen for this role at this time for such a worthy cause and we are truly thankful,” Katrina stated.
Playing such a role would be a challenge for the most seasoned of actors, let alone a five-year-old. So how does Terrell do it? Katrina explained that aside from the director and the Autism consultant on set to correctly determine the character’s interaction with others, “His mannerisms that you see on-screen just comes naturally. He doesn’t have a personal acting coach that goes over the scripts with him. He and I work on it together. It also helps that he can read. So he understands the dialogue better.” His mother also indicated that Terrell is adept enough to work off and learn from his fellow castmates.
Speaking of his on-screen partners, Katrina said that her son enjoys working with everyone, but Terrell had a more specific answer. “I like Ms. Renee (Jones, Lexie) and Mr. James (Reynolds, Abe) and Chelsea (Rachel Melvin), she’s my girlfriend,” the young actor divulged. “I like EJ (James Scott) and Daniel (Shawn Christian) too!”
In addition, Terrell stated that he enjoys his job because, “I like them telling me what to do and doing it. I really, really like seeing all of my friends on set and acting with them.”
It’s clear Terrell is happy at Days, but as a parent, what does Katrina think of her son’s working environment? “Everyone has been so nice and accommodating. They’re friendly and Terrell has built a wonderful rapport with everyone. They really spoil him with all of the attention he receives, but they also respect him as a little actor,” she raved. “I appreciate that, because he works really hard during preparation to ensure that he does a great job on set.”
Aside from Days, Terrell has other projects ‘in the pipeline’, which Katrina promised to keep us posted on. Mother and son also have a clothing line in the works. Although it’s still in the early stages of development, Katrina and Terrell’s line will be called, “Kid Prodigy”, which they hope to launch next year and which will help support ‘global philanthropic efforts’.
While it sounds like this young man has a lot on his plate, Terrell finds plenty of time to enjoy himself as well. When he’s not working, Terrell told us, “I like playing computer games, my PSP, watching cartoons, dancing, drawing and collecting cars and playing with my friends.”
Of course he also devotes his time to raising awareness for Autism and attending Days events. Both Terrell and his mother will be at the 6th Annual Acts of Love fundraising event for Autism research and treatment on November 10. They also came out for the recent Day of Days event, which had a major impact on them. As Katrina recounted, “It was great to see more than 400 die-hard Days fans from all over the world out in spite of the rain. I had no idea how influential DOOL was. It’s a big deal!”
It certainly is, but not only to the fans, but to Terrell as well who shared, “I love going to Days and I always get sad when I have to leave.”
Soaps.com applauds this adorable young man for doing such a wonderful job portraying Theo, as well as Terrell and his mother’s dedication to raising awareness for Autism.
- Lori Wilson