Steve Cardenas is known best for his role of the Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” TV series. Steve is currently following his main passion with the opening of his new business called, Force/Balance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Yoga. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Steve about his work with “Power Rangers” and his new company.
Mike Gencarelli: Your background was martial arts, how did you end up acting instead?
Steve Cardenas: Well, I’m not really an actor because I only ever did that one show. They were looking for kids who knew how to do martial arts and that’s how I got the gig in the first place.
MG: What was the most memorable part of playing Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” TV series?
SC: Filming the movie in Sydney Australia, and getting to meet kids whose last wish was to meet the Power Rangers.
MG: Any crazy stories from the set of the show that you were saving for this interview?
SC: Well, they’ve all been talked about. But some a crazy story might have been the time that Jason Narvy took my clothes as me and this girl were in the hot tub at my hotel in Australia and then we had to walk back to my room with nothing but shoes covering our “stuff” ya know? ahaha
MG: Tell us about your new Force/Balance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Yoga business in Burbank, CA?
SC: Great new facility, with a great lounge area. 1600 sq. ft. of mats and a beautiful yoga room. Fun exciting kid’s program as well! Check out http://www.forcebalancebjj.com for more details.
MG: You also worked with Sean Patrick Flanery in his Hollywood Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, tell us about it?
SC: Sean Patrick Flannery was awesome. Well, he still is [laughs]. He has been a great friend and mentor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
MG: Do you have plans to ever go back to acting in the future?
SC: Probably not. Just gonna focus on my teaching and my training. I feel that’s more my calling in life.