You might know him best for his break out role of "Pedro" in hit movie Napoleon Dynamite.
Actor Efren Ramirez is in the Valley for a local film festival.Action 4's Melissa Vega sat down with Ramirez for a one on one interview.
Melissa says, Ramirez, "Your an actor, you've appeared in television shows, and I hear you DJ as well, I'm sure a lot of people might not know that about you.
Ramirez says, "I was born and raised in Los Angeles so one of the many things my older brothers used to do is they used to be DJ's so they taught me how to mix so, that became one of my day jobs to work as a DJ all over the Los Angeles area they funny thing was that would pay for my acting classes so you would find me as a DJ at night and right next to my turn table would be my Shakespeare and I'd be memorizing lines as I DJ, but I got to say working from commercials to TV shows once I did Napoleon Dynamite everything changes completely because my focus was just solely having to build and acting career."
Ramirez says when he read Napoleon Dynamite; he fell in love with Pedro, a humble guy who wanted to be a part of something great.
Ramirez says in his own life, he's dedicated to his family, and his favorite place in the entire world is his home.
Ramirez says, "To me it's tranquility I got a couple of pets, I have squirrels, a blue jay, and a crow and I have a bird, a love bird name Chinchilla.."Ramirez also does a lot of charity work and visits universities and high schools to talk about education.He's even an author.Ramirez says, "I wrote a book called "Direct Your Own Life" and it's about developing a career whether you want to be a reporter, a doctor, lawyer or actor it is possible but in order for that to happen you have to create a step by step program."Ramirez says it's all about focus and dedication and hard work. Ramirez says, "Whether your Latino or not you can make a difference to all you people out there, "Si Se Puede".OPENING WEEKEND will take place at the Harlingen Performing Arts Theatre,1209 Fair Park Blvd, Harlingen, (956) 412-7529 and Texas State Technical College, 1902 Loop 499 N, Harlingen, (956) 364-4441 and the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood Street, Harlingen, TX - (956) 430-8500.SEPTEMBER 10th @ HPAT @ 7p-8p is a reception. 800p-935p is the Argentinian movie MUSICA EN ESPERA.SEPTEMBER 11th12:30p-2:00p @ Workshop Room @ TSTC Cultural Arts Center is the Texas Filmmakers' Showcase presented by the Houston Film Commission2:30p-3:30p @ Workshop Room @ TSTC Cultural Arts Center is the FILM TO FESTIVAL panel. The panelists include two of the 5th Annual 36 Hour Film Race judges, Michael Druck and Adam Rocha.4:00p-5:00p @ Workshop Room @ TSTC Cultural Arts Center is the HOW TO MAKE IT IN HOLLYWOOD presented by Arlene Santana. Arlene is from Sullivan City and has a recurring role on "Grey's Anatomy."12:00p-1:18p @ Theater @ TSTC Cultural Arts Center is the documentary HEAVEN IN EXILE. The director Omar Rosales is a Harlingen resident and will be doing a Q&A afterwards.2:00p-3:03p @ Theater @ TSTC Cultural Arts Center is FOREIGN SHORTS. This is 63 minutes of shorts from Spain and Mexico.3:15P-4:50P@ Theater @ TSTC Cultural Arts Center is SHORTS PROGRAM 4. 85 minutes of shorts including FANTASY INC. directed by Brownsville native Bryan Ortiz.5:00p-6:17p @ Theater @ TSTC Cultural Arts Center is SHORTS PROGRAM 1. 85 minutes of shorts including BON VIVANT (Donna High School student Maria Quiroga), SALUD (starring Arlene Santana) and PAPERBOY (starring Brownsville native Marisilda Garcia).12:30p-1:49 @ HAHM is DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 2.2:00p-2:59p @ HAHM is THE BEAST WITHIN.3:15p-4:13p @ HAHM is AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER.4:30p-6:00p @ HAHM is the paranormal investigation workshop, "Ghosts Were People Too" by PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATIVE MULTI PARANORMAL SOCIETY.7:00p-8:00p is the reception @ HPAT.8:00p-9:33p is the movie PANTS ON FIRE with Q&A with special guest Efren Ramirez!! (Pedro from Napoleon Dynomite)SEPTEMBER 12TH12:15p-1:15p @ Workshop Room @ TSTC Cultural Arts Center is a Special Effects Workshop presented by Carter Robinson.1:30p-2:50p @ Workshop Room @ TSTC Cultural Arts Center is the documentary UNDER THE SCARES.12:00p-1:14p @ Theater @ TSTC Cultural Arts Center is SHORTS PROGRAM 3. 74 minutes of short including BORDERLANDERS by Marcel Rodriguez.1:40p-3:06 @ Theater @ TSTC Cultural Arts Center is THE SHARK CON. The director is Harlingen resident Rusty Armstrong. Rusty and Steven Pavon will be doing a Q&A.12:15P-1:27P @ HAHM is DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 1.1:45p-2:43p @ HAHM is HARVEST OF LONELINESS.3:00p-4:00p @ HPAT doors open for...4:00p-???? @ HPAT is the results of the 5th Annual 36 Hour Film Race.Our CLOSING WEEKEND will take place at Cine El Rey, 311 S. 17th St., McAllen, TX and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, 1200 Ash Avenue, McAllen, TX - (956) 682-2871.SEPTEMBER 18TH1:00p-2:00p @ McAllen Chamber of Commerce is the "Post Production Workflow for an Indie Film Before Shoot" workshop.This workshop is being done by Steve Escobar, Emmy award winning editor for THE AMAZING RACE and is currently editing BIG BROTHER.3:00p-4:00p @ McAllen Chamber of Commerce is "Filmmaking 101 - Independent and Industry Perspectives" panel. The panelists include McAllen native Jojo Henrickson and John Estrada.12:00p-12:47p @ Cine El Rey is ESPIRITU DE LA SALSA.1:15p-2:43p @ Cine El Rey is SHORTS PROGRAM 2. 88 minutes of shorts including FEAR ASIDE by San Benito native Charlie Rodriguez & Edinburg native Ric De Anda and HOME by San Juan resident Mario De Leon.3:00p-4:33p @ Cine El Rey is PANTS ON FIRE.4:45p-6:11p @ Cine El Rey is THE ARCHIVE (a 8 minute short) and WORLD'S LARGEST (documentary feature which includes the world's largest killer bee in Hidalgo, TX!)7:00p-8:00p @ Cine El Rey is a reception for...8:00p-9:19 @ Cine El Rey is ANDY PARIS: BUBBLEGUM KING. This documentary feature tells of how McAllen, TX was home base to a bubblegum factory and how Andy Paris was a man ahead of his time. Cast and crew will being doing a Q&A.SEPTEMBER 19TH12:00p-1:28p is 11 YEARS OF NIGHTMARES AND A WASTED LIFETIME. The director Robert Collardo is an Edinburg resident. Cast & crew will do a Q&A.2:00p-3:24p @ Cine El Rey is THE ARCHIVE (a 8 minute short) and WORLD'S LARGEST (documentary feature which includes the world's largest killer bee in Hidalgo, TX!)3:45p-5:04p @ Cine El Rey is ANDY PARIS: BUBBLEGUM KING. This documentary feature tells of how McAllen, TX was home base to a bubblegum factory and how Andy Paris was a man ahead of his time. Cast and crew will being doing a Q&A.5:45p-6:15p @ Cine El Rey is the top 9 films of the 5th Annual 36 Hour Film Race (selected by the judges)