Dead Of Sum­mer

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Sea­son 1 Vuzu AMP (*103) 21:30 Hor­ror

Ro­nen Ru­bin­stein caught the at­ten­tion of au­di­ences as hand­some Nathan in episode 10 of drama se­ries Or­ange Is The New Black’s (2013-cur­rent) third sea­son. And he caught cast­ing agents’ eyes too – he was quickly snapped up as Alex Pow­ell in the re­cently can­celled hor­ror se­ries Dead Of Sum­mer (2016).

Seems the 22-year-old has a thing 1

for the hor­ror genre. He also starred in su­per­nat­u­ral slasher movie Some Kind Of Hate (2015) and in the hor­ror movie Con­demned (2015).

Like his Dead Of Sum­mer char­ac­ter 2

Alex – aka Alexi Fayvi­nov – Ro­nen is Rus­sian. His fam­ily left the Soviet in 2001 and set­tled in the US.

But the move wasn’t easy – Ro­nen 3

says that “I def­i­nitely felt like an out­sider be­cause Rus­sian was my first lan­guage… and I was a bit of a bad boy grow­ing up, if you want to call it that”.

But while he plays mean-guy Alex, 4

he’s a nice guy in real life and feels strongly about bul­ly­ing in schools. “It’s so sad – I knew a girl who was bul­lied and she com­mit­ted sui­cide,” he ex­plains.

Don’t think that be­cause he’s an 5

ac­tor that Ro­nen wants to be in big-bud­get Hol­ly­wood block­busters. In­stead, he prefers smaller roles in in­die movies and in 2013 he wrote, di­rected and starred in his own short movie ti­tled Some­thing In The Way.

He loves mu­sic but Ro­nen doesn’t 6

go main­stream there ei­ther – he plays bongo drums and the ukulele.

Ro­nen doesn’t like revealing too 7

much about his per­sonal life, but he does love his fans – “They’re su­per af­fec­tion­ate and there have been one or two con­fes­sions of love and a cou­ple of mar­riage pro­pos­als too. The peo­ple are re­ally very nice and I love it and them,” the ac­tor laughs.

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