Comic Con Africa Guest Spotlight - Ross Butler
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Comic Con Africa Guest Spotlight – Ross Butler

With Comic Con Africa just days away, we here at GLITCHED decided to channel our excitement into deep dives into the international guests that Comic Con Africa is flying in specifically for the event. Previously we’ve written about Tati Gabrielle, Jamie Campbell Bower, everyone’s favourite Power Ranger, and Selwyn Ward which we have coming up soon.

It’s hard to imagine that the previous Comic Con Africa event was two years ago. Still, Comic Con is making up for lost time with their four-day festival of all things geeky. Despite a strong focus on comic books, tabletop games, pop culture, movies and TV, Comic Con Africa is also bringing cosplay and gaming to the forefront. If you haven’t picked up tickets yet, be sure to do so here. You can also enter to win some we are giving away.

“Weirdly enough – if I make enough money one day – I want to open a board game bar” – Ross Butler

Comic Con Africa Guest Spotlight - Ross Butler

Ross Butler was born in Singapore and lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, before moving to the US with his family when he was four. Ross’s mother used to push him from a young age to go into an “academic field”, and even though Ross never felt like anything in that sort of direction clicked with him, he did end up going to study chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio State University before dropping out a year later.

After dropping out of university, Ross moved back to his home state of Virginia. He started taking classes at his local community college before deciding to move to Los Angeles on his own at 20 years old.

“I don’t think I have any guilt or embarrassment about any of the TV shows I watch. Maybe the fact that the shows I can watch over and over again are cartoons like ‘Bob’s Burgers’ and ‘American Dad’ and ‘Rick & Morty.'” – Ross Butler

At 21, Ross Butler enrolled in his first-ever acting class, and the bug had bitten before he knew it. Soon, he started filling his time with student films and other low-budget projects. His dedication to the craft was soon noticed, and he landed his breakthrough role on the Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover.

In 2017, Ross booked the recurring role of Reggie Mantle in Riverdale and soon after the part of Zach Dempsey in 13 Reasons Why. Ross carefully considers each role he takes as not to further Asian stereotypes with his acting and instead to fight for an equal shot at roles regardless of ethnicity. In 2019 Ross would go on to book two significant movies: Shazam! and To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.

Comic Con Africa Guest Spotlight - Ross Butler

Aside from his love for acting, Ross often fills his social media with pictures of his pet dogs and videos of himself playing the guitar and covering his favourite songs. Ross loves playing board games and binging animated shows in his spare time.

Ross Butler – Where Have You Seen Him Before?

  • The Gateway Life (TV Movie) as Allen
  • Major Crimes (TV Series) as Ian Yorita
  • Camp Sunshine (TV Movie) as Tony
  • Star Seed (TV Series) as Chris Choi
  • Hollywood (TV Series) as Chris
  • Dog Park (TV Series) as Scott
  • Happyland (TV Series) as Scott
  • Two Bedrooms (Movie) As Roy
  • Rules of the Trade (Movie) as Leroy
  • Hacker’s Game (Movie) as Jeremy
  • Teen Beach 2 (TV Movie) as Nate
  • Chasing Life (TV Series) as Hunter
  • Teen Wolf (TV Series) as Nathan
  • K.C. Undercover (TV Series) as Brett Willis
  • Hacker’s Game Redux (Movie) as Jeremy
  • Shazam! (Movie) as Super Hero Eugene
  • To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (Movie) as Trevor
  • 13 Reasons Why (TV Series) as Zach Dempsey
  • To All The Boys: Always And Forever (Movie) as Trevor
  • Raya And The Last Dragon (Movie) As Spine Chief
  • Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens (TV Series) As Chuck
  • Riverdale (TV Series) as Reggie Mantle
  • Swimming With Sharks (TV Series) as Alex

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