Sunday, November 17, 2013
1 on 1 with actress and model Ruth Reynolds
Actress and model Ruth Reynolds grew up in Austin, Texas. She is one of eleven siblings. She had a passion for performing since she entered Texas State University. Back in 2007, Ruth decided to make her dream come true, and embarked upon her California adventure. Eventually she started training with her present coach – Lewis Smith and by time Ruth earned many exciting opportunities. Recently she received the Rising Star Award at the MIFF Festival for her performance in the movie ‘The Guest House’.
In this movie, we have seen Ruth Reynolds kissing another girl for a first time on screen.
Ramona Portelli managed to grab some time from Ruth Reynolds' busy life to conduct this interview with her for Conversations Magazine.
You’re both an actress and a model. How did you discover you had a talent for both?
I had an amazing opportunity to help out a friend on a project and fell in love. I started dabbling in both worlds. And haven't been able to stop sense.
You have starred in many brilliant recent movies such as ‘The Guest House’, ‘Littlefield’, and recently in ‘The Art of Storytelling’. Are you currently working on anything else?
I am!!! I have recently wrapped up a few films that should be released in this coming year. Most recently was ‘Cyril’. A brilliant short about helping my father escape from jail and reunite our family. Since then I have just returned from Idaho were we shot Kook - a film about two Idaho kids whose chance meeting changes each other lives.
Recently you have received the Rising Star Award at the MIFF Festival for your performance in ‘The Guest House’ in which you played an aspiring songwriter who had lost her way in life and rediscovered her passion through falling in love. When was this exactly & what are your comments about this achievement?
It was at this past years Melbourne Independent Film Festival. An amazing experience to revive an award that was voted on the by the judges and viewers at the film festival. I was honoured to learn our film was accepted in the festival. It was completely unexpected to walk away with the awards that we received.
We have seen you kissing another girl in the movie ‘The Guest House’. Was this something nervous for you to act, or have you kissed other girls in your real life?
This was not the first time I kissed a girl. Though it was still a little intimidating because it was my first on screen kiss with a girl.
Before ‘The Guest House’, have you ever played a part involving intimate scenes with a woman?
This was the first intimate scene I had shared on screen with another woman.
Are you still modeling? If not, where or for whom you used to model?
I have done modeling for clothing lines like SumoSurfer, 101110 Vestis, Shifty, Slashchic and a few others. It is not my main focus, but it is fun to do off and on.
What role does technology play in your life? Are there any gadgets that you prefer from others?
My IPAD is always on me. I absolutely love technology and gadgets, but the IPAD works for all my needs.
What do you think is your best asset?
My best asset I would say is being an optimistic person. No matter a situation, I feel like you should always find the best in it. Focus on the good and push forward.
What do you usually do in your spare time, if any?
If I am not sipping on a cup of joe (coffee) while reading, then I am most likely riding my motorcycle or playing on the beach.
Do your mother or father still give you advice? If yes, What type of advices?
Of course, any chance they get. Mainly to live my life to the fullest. Never live in the past, never focus on the future, but live in the moment.
How do you describe your relationship with money?
I am a budgeter. I love to have fun and travel, try new foods, etc… I also like to live a stress and debt free life. So I budget.
In your opinion, do you think that because something is more expensive it is automatically better?
Not necessarily. I do believe in quality over quantity. I don't believe because something is more expensive that it is necessarily better.
What are your plans for the rest of this year?
To live and to grow. I believe in the motto that you should try to be a better person then you were yesterday. I’m always wanting to grow.
Ruth Reynolds – Thanks for your time for this interview with me. What are your comments for Conversations Magazine readers?
Thank you for the interview! I would simply say no matter how big or small your dream may seem, do everything in your power to make it come true!
Ramona Portelli is a Maltese born freelance writer and journalist. She has been a freelance writer for these last few years, during which she has interviewed various Maltese and international personalities. More information about her on www.ramonaportelli.com.