First things first, I love the name Belmont. Where does it come from?
Belmont is a family name, actually. My grandfather was Belmondo, and when and the rest of the family came over from Italy, he Americanized his name to Belmont and my parents were nice enough to pass it down to me.
I want to talk about your journey into acting. I hear things happened very quickly for you.
Yeah, absolutely. A few years ago, I was a freshman in college studying business. I had a number of epiphanies about what I wanted my life to look like and where I wanted to draw fulfillment from through my work, and I realized a career in business was not going to align with my ultimate goals. So I left school and I started taking some acting classes at community college. I knew I wanted to be a part of the film and television industry. I wanted to be an actor and ultimately write and direct, but I…