Over the course of her professional career both as an actress and an acting coach, Ruby Ruiz has had the pleasure of working with some of the best actors in local showbiz today – ranging from the likes of screen icons Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor, to stars from the younger generation such as Carlo Aquino and Joshua Garcia.
Then perhaps it says a lot that Nadine Lustre made a lasting impression on Ruby even then when she was only starting to pick up steam as an actress. The two worked together for the popular television series On The Wings of Love in 2015 as Leah Olivar and Lolit Carpio, respectively.
“Nadine is very good. I’ve worked with her sa On the Wings of Love. ‘Di ba nung nag-Best Actress siya, maraming nag-react doon?” she told PUSH, referring to Nadine’s recent triple Best Actress win for her role in Never Not Love You. “Kasi ‘yung acting ‘di naman kailangan always big scenes, eh. Magaling si Nadine. Meron talaga siya.
“Meron siyang eksena noon sa OTWOL. May pinapagawa sa kanya si Direk Antoinette (Jadaone). Sabi lang sa kanya, ‘Dito, dapat kilig na kilig ka.’ Alam mo, kuha niya kaagad. Bilib ako sa kanya,” she added.
Aside from Nadine, Ruby has always been a huge fan of Jodi Sta. Maria and, although she has yet to work with her, Angelica Panganiban.
“[Si Jodi], magaling siya sa breaking down her scene into units. ‘Yung mga shifting shifting, she’s very good at that,” she said.
“Gustong gusto ko rin si Angelica. Siya, nuances, kahit mata lang. And ‘yung confidence, kasi para sa akin ang acting 99% confidence, eh. She’s very sure of herself. Kahit anong ipagawa sa kanya kaya niyang gawin,” she added.
When it came to male stars, Ruby said that both Donny Pangilinan and Edward Barber show great potential as actors. Meanwhile, she also couldn’t praise enough the acting chops of Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia, collectively known as the hit tandem JoshLia, whom she worked with in their last teleserye together Ngayon at Kailanman.
Ruby explained the significant role acting coaches like her play in the scene, and why even those who who do not need coaching seeks help from her every so often. “’Yung direktor kasi marami nang iniintindi, so you don’t expect him to really motivate you. Even the AD. So you’re on your own, especially sa teleseryes na sunod sunod ang sequences. Kaya [minsan nagpapa-coach sila],” she said.
Ruby will be starring in her first-ever lead role for Iska, in which she will portray a doting but impoverished grandmother who wants to take her 10-year-old autistic grandson to a special needs orphanage, but is deemed unfit as a guardian by the media and the government.
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Directed by Theodore Boborol, the film, which also stars Soliman Cruz, is set to compete in this year’s Cinemalaya film festival, which is scheduled to kick off on August 2 until August 13