Over the course of her professional career both as an actress and an acting coach, Ruby Ruiz had been given the pleasure to work with some of the best actors in local showbiz today – ranging from the likes of screen icons Vilma Santos and Soliman Cruz, to stars from the younger generation, such as Carlo Aquino and Joshua Garcia.
Among those who truly stood out was Nadine Lustre, whom she worked with in the popular television series On The Wings of Love back in 2015. During her exclusive interview with PUSH, Ruby was all praises for the 25-year-old as she recalled her performance as Leah Olivar.
“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 said, 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. 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 is a self-confessed fan of actresses 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 comes 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 JoshLia, whom she worked with in their last teleserye together Ngayon at Kailanman.
Ruby shared that even actors who do not need coaching – which, in her personal opinion, include the likes of Denise Laurel, Carlo Aquino, and Iza Calzado – approach 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.
She recalled a time when she was able to stir up Iza’s emotions for a dramatic scene the latter was needing help with.
“Hindi siya makahugot. She said to me, ‘I’m not a mother.’ Ang sabi ko lang sa kanya, ‘But you’re a daughter, remember?’ Then, ‘yun.”
Ruby will soon 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 is set to compete in this year’s Cinemalaya film festival, which is scheduled to kick off on August 2 until August 11.