L.A. Insider: Ronnie Kroell – Actor/Model Co-Founder of Friend Movement

May 23, 2013 at 7:44 am

29345_10151074430675988_551826904_nRonnie was born and raised in the “windy city” of, Chicago, Illinois (a city that will always have his heart). It wasn’t until the 6th grade that he began to realize that he was different. Some of the older kids would knock him to the ground during recess and call him gay, but he didn’t really understand what that meant. All Ronnie knew, was that being different was bad because it caused him to get beat up after class and to live in fear of what was around every corner. It wasn’t until he was 15 years old that his secret was released – his Mom caught him kissing his first BF in the backyard. While it wasn’t his ideal way of coming out, he felt a certain weight lifted off his shoulders and a freedom to simply be who he was without lying anymore. Thankfully, Ronnie’s parents have been a great source of support and empowerment over the years.

With that support, he followed his dream of becoming a professional model and was cast on season one of BRAVO’s, “Make Me a Supermodel”, in 2008. In addition to his passion for the entertainment industry, Ronnie is an activist and champion for equality. While he believes that anything is possible, he knows that it takes hard work and strong convictions. Ronnie looks forward to the adventures to come and is deeply thankful to his friends, family, and fans for their unwavering support – they are what fuel his passion for making a difference. He is currently Executive Producer and talent for a new film called, FRIEND. A film written and directed by, Elliot London, that addresses bullying in our schools and is scheduled to begin filming Spring of 2013. Below Ronnie shares some of his favorite places in L.A. via Posse.com, you should show us some of your favorites as well via our website or our mobile app!

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 6.37.18 PM Kyle Chan Design-All I can say is, look out David Yurman my BFF Kyle Chan is shining bright like a diamond.

RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen - The ultimate Pan Asian experience for an evening of business, friendship, or romance.

Dialog Cafe- Family owned coffee-shop that was the birthplace of Friend Movement, a grass roots anti-bully project.

Hinano Cafe- When you are craving a great burger, a cold beer, a game of pool, live music, and want to do as Jim Morrison did – Hinano Cafe is the place to go.

Sur Restaurant and Bar - The epitome of style, class, and decadent dining owned by my friend Lisa Vanderpump.