Oftentimes, individuals just know. Circumstances falter and differ, but nevertheless, gut instincts prevail when fate is in question. As actress and singer Ruby Jay attests, there was no particular “moment” when she realized she was made for performing, the art was just always a part of her livelihood. Now, Ruby can be seen escalating her career through her work on the hit CBS series, The Unicorn, as well as the Emmy-Nominated Hulu series, Holly Hobbie. In this exclusive interview, Ruby discusses her musically-inclined talents, how she got her initial start as an actress, and where she hopes her future will take her.
Megan Morgante: Did anything/anyone, in particular, inspire you to pursue acting?
Ruby Jay: I've always had a passion for performing, so I don't have a particular moment when I realized, it's always been a part of me.
MM: Can you give an overview of your past in the entertainment industry and how it led you to where you are now?
RJ: It all started when I was around three-years-old and started doing musical theatre. From there, I continued to do community theatre year-round.
MM: The second season of your show, The Unicorn, has aired on CBS, congratulations! Can you give a quick synopsis of the series?
RJ: The show is a half-hour comedy about a widower named Wade, played by Walton Goggins, re-entering the dating world a year after his wife’s passing. He quickly discovers that he is considered a “Unicorn” because he is a rare sight in the dating scene; well-paid, good father, no baggage - it's a miracle! We get to watch his journey to find love in the modern world with his best friends and two daughters helping him along the way.
MM: What was your experience like portraying Grace, in season two?
RJ: Grace matures in season two. In the first season, we see her getting into some trouble with boys, but in the second season, I really see her stepping into a more motherly figure in the household. She helps a lot with household chores, as well as keeping Natalie on schedule. She also has a lot of great conversations with her dad about life. Overall, she is growing, maturing, and becoming more responsible.
MM: You also star in the Emmy-Nominated Hulu series, Holly Hobbie. What has your experience been like working on this series?
RJ: I would not be anywhere close to where I am now without this series. This show gave me an opportunity, they trusted me with their show which is the best thing an actor could ever be given. Working on the show is so much fun! I get to wake up in the morning knowing that I get to spend all day with some of my best friends doing what I love most.
MM: You have amassed an impressive five million views on your YouTube channel through posting cover songs, and now, creating your own music. When did your career in the music industry begin and where are you hoping it takes you?
RJ: I'm just going with the flow when it comes to my music career, as acting is my primary focus right now. My music began with me posting covers of songs on my YouTube, and eventually, I wanted to start releasing my own music!
MM: Do you have any new or upcoming projects that you’re particularly excited about?
RJ: Well, I have some new music coming soon! That's exciting!
MM: Do you have any hobbies or passions you enjoy partaking in when you’re not acting or creating music?
RJ: One of my major hobbies is crocheting! I love creating fun pieces in my spare time, and I also love playing video games.
MM: What is your biggest accomplishment thus far?
RJ: Passing my driver’s permit test.
MM: What would you say your personal style is like?
RJ: My mom and I were talking about this the other day! I feel that as I'm getting older, I'm getting more in touch with my style. A good name for it would be "vintage romantic-chic."
MM: Who is your ultimate style icon?
RJ: Audrey Hepburn
Photography by David Higgs