Interview with Luci Romberg
Luci Romberg is a professional stuntwoman, appearing in Hollywood films, popular TV shows, and commercials. She has a passion for freerunning, and is the only female member in the team at Tempest Freerunning, where she also works and coaches.
Do you work freelance or do you work as part of the team at Tempest Freerunning Academy?
I do stunts freelance, and the jobs Tempest gets as well. I coach occasionally at the Academy but I haven’t had much time to coach recently.
What inspired you in becoming a top freerunning athlete?
I was working with Paul Darnell and Rich King on a stunt job and I was watching them do a chase scene, jumping roof tops at Universal Studios. I was blown away by what they were doing and became very inspired. Around the same time a good friend of mine, Natascha Hopkins, was being trained by Victor Lopez for the movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop and she asked Victor if I could train with them. I fell in love with it and have been doing it ever since.
What was the inspiration behind your team at Tempest Freerunning Academy getting together when the business first started?
Team Tempest started back in 2007 and had 4 members originally. Paul Darnell, Victor Lopez, Gabe Nunez and Rich King. They all shared the same passion for freerunning and wanted to expand and spread the message of Tru Freedom! They were looking for a girl to add and it just kind of worked out perfectly. They trained me and changed my life in every way! It was always a goal of ours to open a gym and we we saw the opportunity we jumped at it.
When it comes to free running, how do you see the sport developing in years to come?
It is hard to say. The sport is continually growing everyday. There is so much positivity surrounding this “art form” that I hope every kid in the world gets the opportunity to participate in it. I would love to see it be in the X-games and for there to be gyms all over the world supporting it. I just hope it doesn’t become saturated with greedy people who have never participated in the sport who are only in it for the money. The more people that participate the better!!
What is the main message that you want to send to your audience?
That freerunning is not about being better than anyone but yourself. It is about playing, having fun and reaching your own personal potential as an athlete. Do it because it is fun, do it because it is inspiring and do it for the love of the freedom!
What advice do you have for other athletes that would like to showcase their sports passions?
I would advise them to make videos and to be creative and progress the sport in a positive way. Be innovative, train hard, but be safe.
Can you tell us a little about the making of “Art of Motion TOKYO”? What camera equipment did you use, what problems did you face, how many people were involved in the production?
My boyfriend, Chad Bonanno, was the one who shot the Tempest TV in Tokyo. I don’t know what camera or lenses he used. Victor Lopez, and Chad were the ones who created it, produced it, and shot it. They are very creative individuals, they work together very well and are responsible for a lot of Tempest’s successful videos.
Do you have a favourite movie that you would like to share with us?
I just finished shooting a movie call The Warren Files. I can’t tell you much about it until it comes out other than it is a scary, paranormal film directed by James Wan (the director of Saw, Insidious, Death Sentence). I got to do several really cool stunts! It was a blast. I also had a blast working on Zombieland and Green Lantern :)
What’s next for Luci Romberg?
I am continually training, doing new freerunning projects with Tempest, traveling, and doing stunt work. I never know what job will come my way so each day is a new adventure. I am very fortunate to have such an amazing and supportive family and a team that are my best friends. Tempest has changed my life in every way and I am so proud to call them my best friends and teammates. My boyfriend, Chad, and I are continually doing new, cool projects as well. Stay tuned for more fun stuff in the future :)