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July 05, 2023 - Alumni

AMDA graduates Sasha Calle and Anthony Ramos hit the big screen this season in epic action-packed feature films.

We’ve always known that there is no Kryptonite or Decepticon strong enough to stop AMDA graduates from earning top billing. But both Sasha Calle and Anthony Ramos have now proven it to the world.

Sasha Calle’s star has been on the rise since graduating from AMDA LA in 2017 as she quickly broke into commercial work, short films, and the YouTube miniseries Socially Awkward. Her diligence and commitment led to a life-changing audition for CBS’s long-running and iconic daytime soap opera Young and the Restless. The role of Lola Rosales would earn her a Daytime Emmy nomination and help pave the way towards her successful audition to play Supergirl in the recently released feature film The Flash. Joining the DC Universe as the first Latina Supergirl has been a groundbreaking and exciting endeavor for Calle as she told People magazine, “It means the world to me. It's such an honor. It's such a joy.” The leap from Genoa City to Krypton has been seamless for someone as talented as Calle. Her performance in The Flash has been touted as fresh, emotionally grounded and spectacular, incredibly deserving of a solo spin-off for Supergirl. She tells USA TODAY she feels that she manifested the role of Kara Zor-El, “ couldn't have been any other character. I really do believe that Supergirl was written in the stars for me. When I started to become her, it just made sense. It felt like my whole life was preparing me for this role in a way.”  We’ll next see Calle on the big screen starring opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones and Will Poulter in the drama On Swift Horses.

Sasha Calle as Supergirl in The Flash | WARNER BROS - DC COMICS

There aren’t enough words to describe how brilliantly Anthony Ramos has continued to evolve as an artist since graduating from AMDA in 2011. He originated the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Broadway’s massively successful and award-winning Hamilton. And his performance was live captured on film for Disney+ for millions more to see. In 2018, Ramos starred as Usnavi de la Vega in the Broadway Center Stage production of In the Heights at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, and reprised the role in the 2021 film adaptation. He’s been nominated for Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG awards, and won a 2016 Best Musical Theater Album Grammy for the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton. Every movie, play and TV show that casts Ramos immediately adds a powerhouse presence to its production; whether he’s playing Lady Gaga’s best friend in A Star is Born, voicing the fun-loving King Trollex in Trolls World Tour, or walking in Spike Lee’s footsteps taking over the character of Mars Blackmon in Lee’s updated She’s Gotta Have It. And just as Calle is a fan of action films and was looking for her own role to inhabit in that world, Ramos has been a Transformers fan long before being cast in this year’s new feature film installment Transformers: The Rise of the Beasts. Part of his excitement stems from his fellow cast members this time around: “You’re going to see new characters. You’re going to see a diverse cast, Dominique Fishback, Michelle Yeoh, MJ Rodriguez, Liza Koshy, Pete Davidson. I’m really excited for people to watch this movie as these films, and this franchise, haven’t been presented to the world in this way. I feel like this movie reflects the world a little more than I’ve seen before.” Upcoming projects for Ramos include Marvel Studios miniseries Ironheart, Dumb Money, a highly anticipated movie based on actual events with Wall Street and the GameStop stock in 2021, and Twisters, a sequel to the acclaimed 1996 film Twister.

Anthony Ramos as Noah Diaz in Transformers: The Rise of the Beasts | PARAMOUNT PICTURES

Both Calle and Ramos bring an excess of talent that will undoubtedly reinvigorate the action film genre and continue to carry them forward on their respective artistic journey.