#LoriGreiner, the Queen of QVC and investor on " #TheSharkTank" has a quote she uses often on the show - "I can immediately tell if something is a hero or a zero."
We like to think that we here at ML have the same ability when it comes to people. We immediately labeled Ruby Gonzalez a hero when we first featured her a couple of years ago.
Go read it here but do it later, you don't want to miss out on the interview we just recently conducted with Ruby and of course the beautiful photos.
Oh yes the photos!
Ruby Gonzalez is an American actress who has appeared in numerous independent films. She’s best known for her role as Amy in Night Fangs (2005) directed by Ricardo Islas and most recently as Ringo Rios in Jezebeth 2: Hour of the Gun (2016) directed by Damien Dante. You can also see her as Amina, the loveable salesgirl in I Used to Love Her (2008) by BET recognized director Mark Harris and as Maria, the fresh-out- of-college social worker in the TV Pilot Donna Ray (2013) by Hollywood director Omar McClinton.
She began acting in college where she received theatre and dance training from the University of California San Diego. But her call for entertainment began at a much earlier age when she first performed for the YMCA Summer Talent show at the age of nine, dancing and singing her heart out to Madonna’s “Where’s the Party?” She discovered she loved the feeling of nervousness and courage at the same time followed by cheers and claps from the audience! Following that Summer, Ruby took up flute lessons, and so continued her stint of performing live by being in the middle school band. She then went on and was on her high school Tall Flags/Colorguard and News Station team. She absolutely knew she had a passion of being in front of the action and entertainment.
When she is not filming, she keeps up with her craft by taking acting intensives and workshops, most recently with Wendy McKenzie and Leah Daniels Butler. You’ll also find her attending a film screening as she is very supportive of her entertainment industry friends. Besides film, you can catch her trying not fall off the stair-master, tutoring seven year olds in math, deciding on which type of chocolate to buy, and singing her lungs out in Spanish. She’s a huge Thalia fan!
Ruby Gonzalez is an actress who wants to make a difference in the Latino community one film at a time. She admires all of her friends that are doing it and making films that send positive messages to the world. She’s also looking forward to getting that Hershey’s contract, it will make her chocolate choosing easier.
Our Interview with the very lovely Ruby Gonzalez
First Ruby Mr. Latino Magazine would like to thank you for your time. We very much appreciate you doing this interview. So at the age of 9, you realized entertainment was your calling, can you elaborate a little more on that and how your family and friends reacted to it? I know friends right, you were only 9, Lol
At first the only person that knew was my mom. Otherwise, I kept it to myself mainly and didn’t begin to tell my friends until probably in high school, especially my senior year, when I was on my high school tv news team and everyone asked so what are you going to do after graduating? What college did you get into? Those sort of questions. I remember telling my friends that I was going to be the next Daisy Fuentes and work for MTV. Growing up in San Diego, all I wanted to do was to hang out, talk to people about music and dance on the beach, so being the next Daisy Fuentes felt right.
As for my friends’ reaction, I don’t remember what they said or how they reacted, they probably thought, “yeah right!” I honestly don’t know. Later on, I remember my dad encouraging me to go to LA and go do my “novela” thing right after college but you know how that goes, I fell in “love” and followed my boyfriend to Chicago instead.
We see that you are multi-talented, acting, singing, modeling as well as being an entrepreneur, where does that all come from?
Well, the funny thing is that my mom tells me that she and my dad met at a movie theater, they both worked there. She was the popcorn girl and he was working the newsstand, so it must have been all that time flirting with each other at the movie theater. Other than that, I don’t have anyone in my family or extended family that is anywhere near showbiz, so the only thing I can say I was born to do this!
All joking set aside, ironically, I was an extremely shy girl and I worried too much of what my peers would think of me or say about me because of the way I looked. I was chubby and wore thick glasses so I was teased a lot in my childhood. Sadly, I would pray that so and so didn’t tease me that day. Kids can be very cruel and perhaps that is why I’m extremely conscience about how I treat others, being kind and very supportive. But today, I’m not shy at all, and I don’t care what cruel and negative people think of me anymore. I just ignore them and have learned to not take anything personal anymore. So I think it’s the inner kid in me that fueled me to do what I’m trying to do today and make up for all those shy and fearful years.
In our lifetime we all have people that have key roles in our development in whatever it is that we do. As an actress, a performer and now blogger and all of the other stuff you have done, who are/were those people for you?
One hundred percent my mom. She was a stay at home mom for the most part and I will always remember her telling me to go get an education and be independent. Since she wasn’t able to fulfill her dream of going to school and being independent, she wanted to make sure that I became just that and fulfilled my goals. So many of the choices I made, I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t disappointing her and myself. I wanted to let her know that all of her sacrifices were worth it, so there’s no way that I was going to let her down in anything that I did.
Now that I have my own little one, I want to instill the values that my mom instilled in me and add to it by having her watch me continue to grow and improve myself. I want to make sure that she knows that I am not a quitter and that I learn from all of my failures. So she too plays a key role in my on-going development of myself as a better mother, actress, performer, and simply productive person in society. I see these two people as my past and future shaping my present.
I see that a lot of your acting is in the horror genre. How did that happen, was it first work offered or is it your genre of choice?
I came to Chicago with nothing but an unpaid internship with ABC7 and Lake County TV as their intern News Reporter. So I was in search for a TV job at the time, looking through Craigslist and other sites when I came across an audition for a Spanish Bozo type show so I went in for the audition. Next thing I know, the camera man from that audition calls me and tells me about his film. I thought about it and said sure. A couple months later, I’m on my first indie film set as one of the leads, filming my first vampire film, with Ricardo Islas, a very skilled and creative director in the horror genre. From that film, I discovered I loved acting more than being a News Broadcaster. Now, that I have a daughter, I would love to tap into voice overs and do animated movies or even just more kid friendly movies. But if I could just wave my magic wand, Comedies, Romantic Comedies and Chick Flicks are by far my genre of choice.
I mentioned you now being a blogger, by the way welcome to the space, I love what you have posted so far. Please tell us about your blog? How it started, was it something you knew you were going to eventually do and so on?
I actually love writing! Blogging was one of those things that I told myself that I was going to start but I kept putting it off. Finally one day, I said it’s now or never! Even if I’m just blogging once a week it’s better than just saying I’m going to do it, it’s all about actions. Plus, I also have more time now and since I’m making my move back home to California, I want to keep in touch with the friends I made while living in Chicago and write about what I’m up to. I don’t really have a formula to my blog, just a variety of thoughts that come to mind and hopefully it makes sense to someone. It’s also a way for my readers to get to know me a little bit more. I reveal a little here in there about my past life, what I’m dealing with now and my future goals. In creating my blog, I’m hopeful that I can give some advice or tips and help someone out who’s going through a similar experience whether it’s a relationship, weight, or parenting issue. Even if it’s only one person that can get something out of it, those two hours or so it took me to write my blog were well spent.
You are a big proponent and advocate for Latino film (Directors, Filmmakers, Producers, Writers and Actors), what is your goal when it comes to the Latino Film Industry?
Yes! Absolutely! I want to work with all of them!! As I mentioned earlier, working together we are much stronger! Especially in filmmaking. We have to surround ourselves with people that are like minded and absolutely love it because it’s not easy or glamourous at all, until the Red Carpet Event or screening of some sort where we get to see all of the movie magic come to life. Filmmakers just make it look easy and glamorous! It’s a lot of hours that go into before, during and after filming.
So, when I get out to LA which will be this Summer, my main personal goal is to continue acting. But with the Latino Film Industry, I’m hopeful that as a whole we continue to support each other and create entertainment and content that is universal in which anyone of any race, ethnicity, gender, or socio economic status can relate to but of course with characters who happen to be Latinos. I would love for more of us to be represented accurately and in modern times on the big screen and silver screen, and behind the lens as writers, directors, and producers. I would love to see us get recognized more for our accomplishments and simply just have more of us in this Industry. I truly believe there is room for anyone that really wants it!
Also as another personal goal, I’m hopeful that with the experience I gain in LA/Hollywood/Latino Hollywood, I can tap into other areas of film such as directing, producing, and writing, even if it’s at least one movie, in my lifetime.
Please tell us about some of the upcoming projects your involved in and any news or updates we should be on the lookout for.
Most recently I started to shoot a few episodes for the Cyn Dulay show, I had a couple of skits that were just so much fun to shoot, so I’m excited for you to see this one as you’ll see my comedic side. Also a project I worked on this past Fall, called Dark County by John Wesley Norton, should be available to stream this upcoming Fall, I played a vampire, surprise! Later this year, I’m set to film Bar Star City written and directed by Ytasha Womack, a sci-fi film in which I play Eve Monroe, an ordinary reporter getting the scoop on the extraordinary world of a bar owner who discovers that his bar is the home for galactic phenomena. It’s out of this world and with this character I can fulfill my broadcaster dream! Other than that not too much, I’ve had to turn projects down because of my big move and new beginnings in the entertainment capital of the world, LA! So that right there is something to really lookout for, a new chapter in my life with a major agenda to fulfill!.
As you put it in your about me description, you’re a single mom living la vida sola. Not exactly how you planned your life to be but you’ve accepted your destiny and you are finally at peace with yourself. As you are seen by many young Latinas, young girls in general and most importantly to your daughter, do you accept that position of being a role-model and if so tell me the message you want to convey?
For as long as I can remember, one of my goals was to be a positive role model, so, I would have to say, yes, I do accept the position of being a role model to many young girls, Latinas in particular, because I want them to know that we can do more than what our culture and society have traditionally expected us to do, such as being passive, dependent on others, and domesticated. I want them to know that we have so many opportunities and resources available to us today, that there is no reason to continue living a life that will not give them mobility. It’s truly up to them to make that choice and commitment to love themselves first and believe in themselves to live the life they want and not what they’re told to do. I also want them to know that together we are stronger, successful women and positive girls lift others around them, support and respect each other and do not get all caught up and create a “novela” around them. Life’s too precious to waste it on negativity, juntas somos mas poderosas!
In closing I would like to once again thank you for your time but most importantly your support of Latino Film and the Latino Culture. Anything you would like to close out with?
Yes, first, I want to thank you too for this interview. I appreciate your time as well. Also, I want to remind people that it’s never too late to chase their goals or dreams. If it seems unattainable, then just ask yourself who or what is holding you back? Because in reality, only you can hold yourself back. If you need a little help, just simply ask and don’t feel like you’re bothering anyone because we’ve all been there, and at one time or another needed a little boost to start. Finally just follow your heart and enjoy your journey! Let’s not compare ourselves with others and just focus on how to improve yourself, you’ll be a lot more happy and at peace! Oh you meant for the readers? (Lol!!)