January 4, 2007
Ricky Ashley comes of age—on stage and off
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"I've been told all my life I'm an old soul," said the young actor.
Still, Ashley sees at least one major way in which he differs from the character he plays.
Unlike Goldman, Ashley will not do whatever it takes to fit in. Ashley said he was picked on, perhaps more than other kids. He was teased for being short.
(Now, he stands 5-foot-6, but he used to be smaller.) Bullies called him "gay" for participating in theater. But Ashley tried not to let the barbs sting.
"Everyone cares what people say to them," Ashley said. But "being my own person is more important than being someone everybody else accepts."
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