Bellus Magazine (BM): How did you get into acting?
Ruby Modine (RM): When I was a little girl I would blast Disney soundtracks and perform solo extravaganzas for my poor parents…The full soundtrack… That probably had a hand in it.
I went to an art oriented school. Art was a daily presence in my life and there was hardly a day that went by that I wasn’t involved in acting, singing, dancing, writing etc.
I was also pretty much raised on set. My father always took me and I would watch, listen and learn. I loved watching the actors transform into other people and the choices they made. Being on set is a whole different world and I knew I always wanted to be apart of it.
BM: Tell us about your character “Sierra” on Shameless.
RM: Sierra is strong. She is a hard worker who wants to provide the best life she can for both herself and her son Lucas. She doesn’t put up with any crap, knows what she wants and won’t be diverted from the path she is on. I’m so happy to be playing her on Shameless. I learn from her every time I get into her skin.
BM: Is it true you where a fan of Shameless before you got casted onto the show?
Yup! Shameless Sundays were serious business. My roommates and I would brew up coffee and sit in dead silence. (We couldn’t save time or pause the show so anyone that talked would be kicked out).
The show would be followed by intense, and often loud, conversation…More like fighting because we all had different ideas about the characters and plot lines. The writers NEVER let us down and we were always so shocked by what was happening so would be shouting at the screen at the end of every episode. It’s so wild that I am now a part of it.
BM: We recently saw the trailer for the “Happy Death Day” and loved it!!! What can you tell us about that?
RM: That it’s going to be one hell of a ride!!
BM: Also what can you tell us about the short film “Super Sex”?
RM: It’s a short film about siblings looking for the perfect gift for their elderly father.
My dad asked for my opinion on the script and when I finished it I said, “First, I have to play the hooker. Second, we need Kevin Nealon and Elizabeth Perkins! ” and then the cherry on top?! Ed freaking Asner… Epic.
It was such an honor to work with everyone on this film! They are all legends and to be given the opportunity to work alongside them was mind boggling. To be on set listening to everyone’s advice and learning from such talented artists was a blessing. I got a lot from that project.
BM: Whats next for you?
RM: Right now I’m working on Season 8 of Shameless. I am getting a few gigs together to perform music around LA. I’ve started writing a lot again and am super excited to release some new tunes! There are also some secret projects that will be made public soon but for now… shhh!
BM: What advice can you give to other aspiring artist out there?
RM: Never stop working towards what you want. No matter what, picture the parking spot and make it happen. Know that hard times come and sometimes it feels like nothing is aright but those times will pass. Love yourself and love others. Be kind, humble and generous. There is no failure, just learning experiences.