Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DAR­REN DEV­LYN

YOU HAVE to ad­mire Ronn Moss’s staying power. A foun­da­tion cast mem­ber of The Bold And The

Beau­ti­ful, Moss, 59, has been on the job for 24 years and more than 6000 episodes as fash­ion de­signer Ridge For­rester.

Q. How’s life?

A. Life is spec­tac­u­lar. I’m en­joy­ing who I am. The show is go­ing well and my mu­sic is, too.

Q. What’s your se­cret to en­durance?

A. You have to spend the time work­ing on your health. Peo­ple don’t re­alise it. And I don’t just mean look­ing in the mir­ror to en­sure your hair looks good, I mean main­tain­ing your phys­i­cal and men­tal stamina. I work out as much as I can, but also take quiet time when I need to.

Q. How dif­fi­cult is it to man­age work and fam­ily?

A. It’s a con­stant battle to bal­ance. I go through pe­ri­ods where the bal­ance is pretty cool, then sud­denly some­thing takes a dive. It ebbs and flows. You have to roll with it. Be­ing able to roll has re­ally helped me through 24 years on the show.

Q. When was the last time you sat down to take stock of your ca­reer – to ask your­self if you were still pas­sion­ate about the show?

A. Within the last year. I want to keep go­ing as long as I can phys­i­cally do it. It’s fairly tax­ing at times, but I love it still and would miss it ter­ri­bly if I stopped.

Q. What is your [ con­trac­tual] ar­range­ment with the show?

A. There’s more flex­i­bil­ity now than when I started. We have about 20 weeks off from film­ing [ each year]. It’s the way we [ the show] save money, keep it at a tol­er­a­ble level. It never used to be like that. I used to have to film 50 weeks a year. In some ways, it’s more dif­fi­cult be­cause we have to do more shows in less time.

Q. How do you deal with crazed fans?

A. I take what I do se­ri­ously, but I don’t re­ally take my­self se­ri­ously. I treat peo­ple the way they treat me. If they’re kind and cour­te­ous, I’m the same. If they get bel­liger­ent, I turn into the same thing. I’m not go­ing to take any bulls---from peo­ple. But, at the end of the day, the fans are why we’re do­ing this.

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