A Thornhill teen who chased her Hollywood dream
Actor Romy Weltman on her big break on the Family Channel and jetting off to L.A.
Although most kids spend their gap year backpacking through Europe or working odd jobs to save for university, Romy Weltman is spending hers in Los Angeles trying to land a role on a new sitcom or hard-hitting drama.
Weltman spent 2016 and 2017 as one of the stars on the Family Channel hit series Backstage. In 2018, she graduated from Westmount Collegiate Institute and decided to head to Hollywood for a four-month stint to audition for pilot season.
“I got into acting in Grade 6. It was a little bit of a fluke. I never thought this would be my life right now,” says Weltman. She says she was a shy kid, so in order to draw out the extrovert within, her parents sent her to Characters Theatre Troupe.
“I loved it,” says Weltman. “My parents hardly recognized the kid that came back.”
After that, Weltman joined Judy and David’s Travelling Troupe, which of course was connected to
Characters Theatre. And while performing in the youth chorus of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat, she was approached by Shari Quallenberg of AMI Artist Management Inc.
After a meeting between Quallenberg, Weltman and her parents, everyone decided that it was time to include film and television auditions into the young actor’s repertoire.
“At first my parents were hesitant. They didn’t want to put extra pressure on me, but we started really slowly and worked our way up to bigger parts and harder auditions,” she says.
It wasn’t long before she booked her first gig. The role was that of a ghoulishly eager autopsy participant in a commercial for the Doctor Dreadful Alien Autopsy, a classically creepy toy of the 2012–2013 era.
“I had such a great experience on set,” says Weltman. “There were so many other kids that it didn’t feel like work at all.”
At this point she was still in middle school but would eventually become very involved in Westmount’s drama program in addition to her film schedule.
“All my teachers were incredibly supportive and helpful,” she says. “They never gave me a hard time when I had to miss class for film work or auditions, and they would always help me catch up.”
Now at age 18, Weltman has been steadily working in both film and television, including her role as Kit Dunn in Backstage. The show hearkens back to musicals like Fame, following students of the Keaton School of the Arts through the inevitable drama of high school.
“I got to be Kit Dunn for two years. It was amazing,” she says. “I really learned the ins and outs of a TV series on that set.”
She says her decision to head to L.A. for pilot season sparked while she was on set for Backstage. She was only in Grade 9 at the time.
“The other actors were talking about pilot season, and Shari was able to get me representation down there, so I thought why not really give it a try?” she says.
Right before leaving for L.A., she landed a role in Canada’s premiere period detective show, Murdoch Mysteries.
“I got to play Isabel Carmichael, on the two-part season finale, who was really fun to play because she’s very devious and nothing like me,” says Weltman.
What’s next for this extraordinary teen?
“You can never be too sure in this industry, but I’ve gotten close and truly believe that everything happens for a reason,” she says.
Weltman will appear in the two-part season finale of ‘Murdoch Mysteries’