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Ronen Rubinstein

(1993-11-07) November 7, 1993 (age 28)
Rehovot, Israel
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States Of America
EducationNew York Film Academy
Occupation
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Environmentalist
Years active2011–present
Height6 ft (1.83 m)

Ronen Rubinstein born November 7, 1993) is an Israeli-born American actor, writer, director, environmentalist, and activist, best known for his roles as Nathan in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black and as T.K. Strand in Fox series 9-1-1: Lone Star created by Ryan Murphy.[1][2] He is a survivor of Hurricane Sandy, which led him to climate activism.[3]

Early life and education

Ronen Rubinstein was born in Rehovot, Israel, the son of Russian emigrants from the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic, part of the Soviet Union.[4][5] At the age of five, he moved with his parents and older sister to the United States. He grew up in the Staten Island borough of New York City.[4] Speaking in 2016, Rubinstein said he grew up in New York feeling like an outsider, taking English as a Second Language classes, and had difficulty adapting to the American way of life.[6]

A troubled child, battling substance abuse in high school, Rubinstein was introduced to performing arts by his school counselor who suggested he try theater as a form of therapy in his junior year. He was "hooked" immediately after his first play and acting became his "new addiction", giving him "something to latch onto".[7][8] After attending New Dorp High School, he decided to pursue an acting career and graduated from the New York Film Academy in 2012.[9][10][11]

Career

Early work

At the age of 16, Rubinstein wrote Something In the Way, his first short film he later directed and starred in.[9]

He made his screen debut as a teenage rebel named Gangsta in the 2011 drama film Detachment (film), starring Bryan Cranston, Adrien Brody, and James Caan.[12]

In his senior year of high school, Rubinstein landed a leading role in It Felt Like Love, Eliza Hittman's coming of age film shot in intimate close-ups with minimal dialogue, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.[13][14] He portrayed Sammy, a tough, misogynistic college boy from a working-class Brooklyn neighborhood, described by the New York Times as "a weed-smoking, pornography-watching bad boy whose contempt for women is as potent as his pheromones".[14] The film received a nomination for best cinematography at the Film Independent Spirit Awards as well as nominations at the Gotham Awards.[15][16]

In the following year, he appeared in another Sundance Film Festival drama film Jamie Marks Is Dead, starring Cameron Monaghan and Liv Tyler.[17]

2015–2019

In 2015, Rubinstein guest starred in episode 10, season 3 of Netflix's most-watched original series Orange Is the New Black, portraying the respectful and caring Nathan, Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett's love interest, which gained him mainstream attention.[18][19]

In 2016, he was a series regular as Alex Powell in Freeform (TV channel).

In 2018, he appeared in the role of Mike in Netflix comedy drama Dude (film), alongside Lucy Hale and Awkwafina.[20] The film was Olivia Milch's directional debut. Rubinstein, having worked with several first-time female directors (which he called "an absolute honor"), advocates for gender equality in filmmaking and praised Milch as "a future star director". The film also had a female cinematographer which he called "so rare" because "there is not enough women in the industry".[21][22]

His other credits include a supporting role in Smartass (2017) opposite Joey King,[23] a lead role in the thriller Smiley Face Killers (2017) based on true events, written by Bret Easton Ellis,[24] a lead role in Less Than Zero, 2019's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's debut novel, and a lead role in the anthology film Bushwick Beats (2019).[25]

2020–present

9-1-1: Lone Star

In 2020, he starrs as an openly gay firefighter and recovering addict Tyler Kennedy “T.K.” Strand in Ryan Murphy's Fox series 9-1-1: Lone Star, alongside Rob Lowe, who plays Captain Owen Strand, T.K.’s father, and Liv Tyler.[7][26]

The series has become Fox's most watched new show of 2020 among 18-49 adults[27] and has received acclaim for its interracial gay storyline and diverse characters, such as a hijab-wearing Muslim female firefighter and a black transgender male firefighter (portrayed by the transgender actor Brian Michael Smith).[1][26] In a 2020 interview with A BOOK OF, Rubinstein said: "I think people for the first time, at least on network television, are seeing themselves on screen, and they feel represented, and they feel represented in a really positive, lovely, good way."[28] He has praised Ryan Murphy and the writers for being "willing to show this on primetime television", and for normalizing a gay relationship by not including a coming out story: "A lot of times you'd see a gay couple on television there's something really dramatic and usually sad involved with it. And this is just like, 'Yeah, this is just normal. This is just how it is'."[29]

The series has been renewed for a second season.[27]

Other work

Rubinstein starrs in CeCe's music video for "Broke AF" (2017).[30]

In 2018, he appeared as himself in the documentary Tyler Shields: Provocateur.[2]

Personal life

Rubinstein's first language is Russian.[31]

He has been a fan of Red Hot Chilli Peppers and has expressed his admiration for Harry Styles' work and his "own identity and the way he presents himself."[32]

In March 2020, he officially endorsed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential race.[33]

In 2020, Rubinstein switched from pescetarianism to veganism.[34][33]

Activism

Climate activism

Rubinstein is a survivor of Hurricane Sandy, which led him to become a climate activist. In May 2020, he shared his hurricane survival story, describing how his family, in the dark caused by a power outage, swam through the rising waters that flooded the streets, trying to escape death. "That was the scariest moment of my life," he said, stating that while the hurricane took his home and everything inside it, it took some of his neighbors' lives, and the devastation of the neighborhood lasted for years. With nowhere to live, he stayed on friends' couches and was provided with food and clothing from the Red Cross.[35]

Rubinstein, who was eighteen years old at that time, has stated that his acting career "will coincide with trying to save the planet".[36] He called it his "mission" to raise awareness for the urgency of environmental issues. He promotes sustainable living and uses his platform and publicity to "open people's minds a little bit about everything and just educate them on what's really happening out there."[37][38]

He has been an ambassador for Project Zero, a global movement to protect and restore the ocean,[39][40] and marched with protesters in the September 2019 climate strikes, the largest global climate protest in world history.[41][42] He also has supported The Solutions Project and The Ocean Cleanup.[43][44] In April 2020, he was one of the climate activists who participated in Earth Day Live, a three-day climate mobilization that was streamed online amid the Covid-19 pandemic.[45][46] In his segment, he highlighted the importance of transitioning from fossil fuel to clean energy by switching to zero-emissions fuel cell electric vehicle , which run on hydrogen and omit only water and heat.[47]

Other activism and advocacy

Rubinstein has lent his support to No Kid Hungry, Mercy for Animals, Humane Society, Black Lives Matter, and Rebecca Corry's Stand Up for Pits Foundation, working on rescuing and ending the abuse of pit bull dogs.[48][49]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Detachment Gangsta
Katya.[23] Insurgent 2 Short film
2012 A Promise Is a Promise.[23] John
2013 It Felt Like Love Sammy
Something In the Way James Manning Writer, director, editor
2014 Jamie Marks Is Dead Ronnie
2015 Condemned[50] Dante
Some Kind of Hate Lincoln Taggert
2017 Smartass Nick
West of Time.[23] Son Short film
2018 Dude Mike
Tyler Shields: Provocateur himself Documentary
2019 Less Than Zero Trent
Bushwick Beats Benny Anthology
2020 TBA Follow Me[23] Alexei
2020 TBA Smiley Face Killers Jake Graham Post-production[51]

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Orange Is the New Black Nathan Season 3
2016 Dead of Summer Alex Powell 10 episodes
2020–present 9-1-1: Lone Star T.K. Strand Season 1, 2

Music videos

Year Title Role Performer Ref.
2017 "Broke AF" boyfriend CeCe

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