Ruby Cruz is a young American actress with a blossoming career, who is set to star in the upcoming Disney+ series Willow.
1. She always knew she wanted to be an actor from a young age
She recalled a pivotal moment in kindergarten when she was cast as a munchkin in a production of “The Wizard of Oz” and had to step up to perform a solo when the lead munchkin fell ill. This experience solidified her desire to pursue acting.
2. She briefly attended DePaul University’s theater school
However, she dropped out after three months to start working in the industry. She expressed gratitude for growing up in Los Angeles and having access to theater and stage performances from a young age. She also mentioned her desire to work on stage professionally in the future.
3. Ruby Cruz’s acting career began in 2018 with two short films.
Her first acting credit was in the short ‘Aging Out’, which follows a teenager struggling to survive in the foster system. She would play the character of June, a new acquaintence of the main character.
The second short is entitled ‘The Jump‘ and Ruby would play the lead character of Luna, a high school grad looking for her place in the world.
4. She landed her first notable role in the series Castle Rock.
In 2019 she landed the role of the teenage version of Annie Wilkes in flashbacks across two episodes. Annie Wilkes, played by Lizzy Caplan, is best known as the antagonist in the book and movie ‘Misery’.
The psychological-horror series centers around the strange and supernatural happenings of the town of Castle Rock, Maine. The series was adapted from the world of author Stephen King.
Castle Rock was an essential stepping stone for Ruby Cruz’s career and is one of the roles she is best known for.
In 2020 she landed a role in the series Blue Bloods for a single episode, and she would also appear in the short film God is a Lobster.
The short film stars Shirley Chen and Ty Chen, along with Ruby Cruz, and spans 18 minutes. The directors include Joji Baratelli, Chelsea Eisen, and Grace Gallagher.
5. In 2021 she took on her most significant role yet for six episodes of the series Mare of Easttown for HBO.
The series spanned seven episodes and starred Kate Winslet, Jean Smart, and Julianne Nicholson.
Mare of Easttown was a critical success, and Ruby Cruz was noted for her role as Jess Riley on the show. Jess Riley was the friend of Erin, played by Cailee Spaeny.
6. In March 2021, Ruby Cruz was announced as the lead in the Disney+ series of Willow.
The series is a fantasy adventure that is a sequel to the 1988 fantasy film developed by Ron Howard and George Lucas. The streaming series will be executive-produced by Ron Howard.
The series follows a young cast who come together to save a fantasy world from an evil threat. The producers have mentioned the primary cast of young characters has a Breakfast Club feel.
The series does introduce legacy characters, including the titular Willow Ulfgood, who will again be played by actor Warwick Davis.
7. Ruby Cruz is set to appear in all eight episodes as ‘Kit Tanthalos’, the daughter of Sorsha.
Sorsha is the tritagonist of the 1988 film, Willow. In the film she is tasked by her mother to retrieve Elora Danan in order to banish her soul to oblivion.
In the new trailer for the television show Willow, the plot of the series is revealed to be a quest to find Kit’s brother Arik, who has been taken by The Gales to be a prisoner of the Withered Crone.
The quest will take them to Immemorial City, which lies beyond the Shattered Sea, a mysterious place where all the maps end and which gives much trepidation to Boorman, one of the team members of Kit’s crew.
For her part, Cruz has made several statements about her excitement to be part of the series, particularly praising working with Warwick Davis.
8. She is also currently in production on an R-rated comedy titled Bottoms.
The film does not appear to have a release date but is likely to be released in 2023.
Bottoms will be directed by Emma Seligman. The plot revolves around two queer girls who start a fight club.
9. She attended the 2023 SXSW Conference and Festivals for the screening of her new movie ‘Bottoms’.
The movie “Bottoms” is a comedy directed by Emma Seligman. The plot revolves around two unpopular queer high school students who start a fight club with the goal of having sex before graduation.
Ruby Cruz plays the character named Hazel in the movie.
10. Ruby Cruz does not have a confirmed social media presence.
There is very little information about her online presence, and it is likely that she has not made it known if she does have a social media account.