A Candid Q and A with Rising Star Ruby Modine
Tell me a bit about your background, and how you got into acting?
I grew up on so many different sets. I always loved spending time with the hair, makeup and wardrobe departments but when I wasn’t learning something fun from them, I would be sitting behind the monitor. I was always so mesmerized and would listen intently as everyone would work together: The director giving notes and the actors giving ideas, lighting and set design… I knew I wanted to be a part of these little worlds that would be created.
What has been a highlight of being part of “Death Day” Anthology, what are you most excited about with the release of the sequel?
Every project is a learning experience: You learn a lot about yourself as a person and an actor, and on HDD2U I learned a lot. It’s always exciting to leave a set feeling that you’re walking away with more knowledge than you started because with that, comes strength.
I am most excited to see how audiences are going respond to how awesomely outrageous the sequel is! It is a seriously wild roller coaster ride!
How is it playing the Villainess Lori Spengler for a second time?
It was great! I was so surprised when I found out that Lori was returning and that the story was so twisted around. I was able to play a different version of Lori and get a different feel for the character which was really intense.
Who/ what inspires you? Why?
My family and close friends keep me inspired. I look up to them in so many ways and through the admiration I hold for them, I find beautiful strength. Also, LIFE and LOVE.
What are you up to when you're not acting?
I do a lot of writing and studying. On some days, I travel to new places with Aaron in hopes of learning something new and then coming home to put said knowledge to use. Recently, the adventure ended with me in the kitchen making an exotic dish from scratch!
What's one fact people might not know about you?
The four tracks on my EP are a true story. I have recently been drawing and mapping out music videos for each track. The only hint I’ll give; The desert, the ocean, a ship and space.
When did you get into music?
I have always been involved with music but really began focusing on my own about 4-5 years ago. I've released singles (Pandora and YouTube) but this EP was very important to me. These lyrics are very honest and I was excited to finally get these memories and thoughts out of my head, onto paper and into the mic.
You released the debut EP late last year. What can listeners expect from it?
It is a mixture of genres, the lyrics are powerful and only love was put into every note.
What advice would you give to a talented, driven actor who’s just starting their career?
Take deep breaths. When you continuously audition and are not booking projects, there is a feeling of such defeat and anxiety. Through the frustration, you must make the choice to grow and stand stronger. Be thankful for every audition room you step into because having the chance to audition is great! Never say I “have” to audition, say you “GET” to audition. Keep working and do not give up, even on the days when it feels like everything is crumbling apart. Learn from the no’s and stumbles and listen. Listening is one of the key ingredients to learning and becoming a stronger actor.
Can you share the biggest obstacle you've faced in your career, and how you overcame it?
Confidence. At a lower point in time, my confidence was not high enough and I would often hide parts of myself because of it. One day, I got tired of hiding and made the choice to change and not just with acting, but in every part of my life and with that, everything turned around. Now, I thank myself every day for making that choice and sticking to it because nothing has been the same since.
What’s your process for preparing for a new role? Are there any routines or habits you practice to approach playing a new character?
It starts with a secret between the character and myself and then falls into feelings. Researching if there is something I relate to from my own life or is it entirely new. From there, I continue to create, ask questions and bring that person to life.
What qualities would you say make a great actor/actress?
The willingness to know that we are all human and still learning, no matter our age, and should always be open to new ideas and thoughts. We don’t know it all!
Are there any other projects you're involved in or looking forward to, besides what you’re working on now?
I ended 2018 with the very awesome Satanic Panic! I am so excited for the world to watch the madness unfold!