Schelkopf: Your character was Private Joseph Ramirez. Did you do research on him and try to find out about his life?
Moreno: Yeah, I tried. And it was really difficult to find any information on Mr. Ramirez.
Even HBO historians who were working on this project could not find much of anything on him. So I relied a lot on the veterans who were around during the filming, and what they had to say about him.
They said he was a very quiet guy who did his job. He was a good soldier. That's what I had to go by.
Schelkopf: So it sounds like he was a pretty humble guy. What did you try to bring to that character?
Moreno: What I tried to bring to the character was making him human. You see emotion in this individual.
It's quite amazing that these kids were like 17, 18 and 19 years old and doing these grand feats of heroism. It's amazing.
Schelkopf: What drew you to the project in the first place?
Moreno: The opportunity. As an actor, you want to work on great projects.
No matter how small the role is, you want to work on quality projects. Just having Hanks and Spielberg attached to the project, it was like, "Whatever you guys want, I'll do."
It was just an honor to be part of that show that still to this day has not lost any of its impact, which is amazing.
If you go
WHAT: World War II documentary, “The Girl Who Wore Freedom”
WHERE: Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles
WHEN: 3 p.m. Nov. 17 screening, preceded by special events
COST: $20 suggested donation