ADRIAN GOMIS EXPOSITO: Hi Rhys! It's a pleasure to meet you. You were born in Melbourne, Australia. What was it like growing up there, and what do you love the most about your hometown?
RS: Thank you for having me! Growing up in Melbourne was a great experience, and I am grateful for my healthy upbringing. I was raised in a small but wonderful family with my mother and sister. During my childhood, I immersed myself in various sports, irrespective of my skill level. Sports were my passion, and Melbourne being the "home of sport" in Australia allowed me to witness incredible sporting events.
AGE: Could you share some insights into your transition from modeling to acting? What motivated you to pursue acting, and how has your experience been as an actor so far?
RS: For context, I hated performing arts in school, I think I even failed it a couple of times. Early in 2022, I hit a big roadblock mentally with modeling. My height has always limited me as I don’t meet the criteria for a lot of big agencies or overseas opportunities. The feeling of agencies reaching out to enquire about me but then finding out I don’t meet their height criteria had me breaking down a lot over the years. As I can’t control my height, I was starting to feel lost with all the work I had put in physically, financially, and emotionally into my body and portfolio. Coming to terms with my limitations, I realized I had to focus more on something else, which is acting. In the 7 months I have started acting, I saw it as an opportunity to learn, have fun, and not have any expectations myself. With my acting coach, I have been able to land three lead roles in short and feature films. It’s been scary but amazing so far and I look forward to exploring more characters and stories.
Tell us more about your decision to move to Canada. What are your aspirations and goals in terms of building your acting and modeling opportunities in the new country?
RS: Relocating to Canada was a natural choice for me. I felt the need for new experiences and personal growth beyond my comfort zone in Melbourne. I felt very restricted and “safe” being in a familiar environment lately, I just needed to keep being risky and get out of my comfort zone. I would love to head to Canada for modeling and acting to build new networks and take on new opportunities. As I get more serious with acting, I would love to make it a full-time career path and hopefully get consistent paid work. I think moving will also rejuvenate my love for modeling and make me reevaluate my goals. Different and new opportunities await!
You mentioned being introverted. How do you balance your love for solitude with your interests in content creation, fitness, and adventure, considering the exposure that acting and modeling entail?
RS: I balance it a lot better these days, but I was very extroverted probably up until 2-3 years ago. I think after just growing as a person and experiencing situations in my own life, I did a big switch to becoming very alone and hidden. But for a period of time, I stayed alone for too long, which wasn’t healthy. I was becoming withdrawn from everyone without even knowing. I still absolutely love spending time by myself when shopping, exercising, and watching a movie, but I dedicate more time now to seeing my mates and hanging out with my family. Balance is key but it took me a while to find it. People find it crazy that I’m really confident while modeling and acting while being introverted. For me, it's just different types of comfort. I find standing in front of a camera easily while posing or reading a script, but large crowds at a bar for example sometimes make me feel anxious.