Actor Robert Romanus is best known for his role in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and will always be in those 80s flashback memories. Romanus was just at Colorado Springs Comic Con Aug. 25-27, 2017 visiting with his fans the good times of the past and the good life of the present. When he’s not jamming with his band Papas Kitchen, he’s helping out with another band, making movies like “Genesis: The Future of Mankind Is Woman”, and even helping to train nurses. Life is good.
Colleen Bement: What is life like now for Robert Romanus?
Robert Romanus: Well let me see, what’s going on with me is I’m doing a film next month called “Genesis”; it’s a sci-fi dramedy, I also am a musician. I have a band called Papas Kitchen and we play all around Los Angeles. I also play guitar in another band; it’s a country kind of Americana band. I play guitar in that band and I play bass in my band. I also train nurses at the UCLA Medical Center. I train them in Patient Centered Care.
CB: Tell us more about that.
RR: When nurses get out of nursing school and they know all about how to give an IV and they know all the technical aspect of it. What I teach them is really bedside manner. We run scenarios and then I debrief them and tell them what they could do to make my experience better. I really enjoy that work. Any nurses who have just graduated, and working nurses who are coming from across the country to work at UCLA have to go through UCLA’s protocol, and this is part of it.
CB: Your life sounds very full.
RR: It’s very full. I’ve got three beautiful kids. My twins both just graduated from college, my youngest one is in his second year in college. I’m so proud and life at this moment is pretty good. It kind of gets better as I get better, actually.
CB: Are you a fan of sci-fi?
RR: No, not really, although when I was a kid I used to make models, and I had all the “Frankenstein,” “Dracula,” and the “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” so as a kid I was in to that. I’m not really a science fiction guy. I don’t know half the costumes that walking around. Suzie (his assistant) tells me that’s from that, and that’s from that. I find it fascinating, and I find these comic-cons fascinating. I love meeting new fans.