Watch: 'In the Heights' Star Anthony Ramos Shares Sexy Sit-Ups Vid (with a Help from his Dog)

Wednesday June 9, 2021
Originally published on March 14, 2021

Anthony Ramos shared a sweet vid of himself doing sit-ups with a little help from his dog Prince as his film "In the Heights" begins to make its way to theaters in June.

Ramos is already having quite a good year. In February he was named to the TIME 100, the magazine's list of influencers to watch over the year. Earlier this month, the "Hamilton" actor was part of a group of entertainment influencers included in a new Calvin Klein underwear campaign. Now this weekend Warner Brothers is teasing a series of posters for Ramos's upcoming film "In The Heights," in which he plays the lead in John M. Chu's adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical. The film will be released in June in theaters and on HBO Max.

"Six posters surfaced on the film's official Twitter account on Saturday morning, each with a different design, though featuring the same tagline, 'The Time Has Come.'" reported The Hollywood Reporter.

The playful actor recently shared a thirst-trapping video of himself doing sit-ups with a little help from his dog Prince.

In the musical, Ramos plays a bodega owner struggling to make a better life for himself in Washington Heights and dreams of moving to the Dominican Republic. The role was played on Broadway in 2008 by Miranda where the musical ran for three years. Previously Ramos was featured in the 2012 national tour of the musical prior to originating two roles in Miranda's megahit "Hamilton" as part of the original cast. He also had a featured role in Bradley Cooper's 2018 adaptation of "A Star is Born" where he played Lady Gaga's BFF Ramon. In 2019 Ramos released his first CD for Republic Records "The Good & The Bad."

In a 2016 interview with Forbes, Ramos said he decided to become an actor a decade ago when he answered a phone call while in the shower. "Why I picked up the phone in the shower.... who knows, but I did. And I'm glad I did because it was the call that I was accepted into AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy). Life changed immediately. When I walked into performing arts college, I said "Well.... I'm here, so I guess this is where we're goin'."

He added: "I started my career because if I'd have done anything else, I would regret it. I truly feel this career chose me more than I chose it. I would say that it's for something greater than me with a little of the creative fulfillment that comes with it splashed in there."

But acting — specifically musical theater — wasn't part of his career equation while in high school. "I mean, it was totally an accident," he told the website ColorLines in 2016. "In high school, baseball was, like, my thing. I was sitting in class my junior year, and there was an announcement on the loudspeaker about an audition for this show called 'Sing.' I had no idea what it was. I thought, "Maybe it's a talent show." So I go and sing for this talent show thing and they gave me the lead role in the show. I did it, and I fell in love, man."

Watch Anthony Ramos's video for the song "Mind Over Matter"

It was his high school director who put him under her wing when "she saw something in me that I didn't see in myself. She gave me a pamphlet [about] the one school that I auditioned for, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. I wasn't even going to go to the audition because I didn't have the money to pay the application fee. But my teacher paid for it. After I got in, the school threw me these numbers and I was like, 'There's no way. I can't even pay for this!' So my teacher gave my name to this scholarship fund. I told them my story, about how I came from the 'hood and how my grades, which were not that good, weren't a reflection of me. I told them, 'All I need is one shot.'"

In the appreciation for the TIME 100, his "Hamilton" co-star Leslie Odum wrote: "The emotional range and acting facility, the wit and wicked sense of humor, the one-in-a-millon singing voice come together within a special person whose bounty of gifts is matched with a rock-solid humanity and core of integrity. We can trust Ramos with the keys he is about to be given. He has been well-prepared. His voice matters. The space he occupies matters."