Alex Ruiz’ Time is Now: Interview with La Gringa Novelera
Alex Ruiz wants us to know that he is a versatile, hardworking actor who can entertain us, make us laugh, and connect with us through the many characters he plays in English and Spanish. And he wants Hollywood to know that he doesn’t always have to play “The Mexican Guy” – he can play anyone.
La Gringa Novelera here! I recently interviewed Alex by phone: He was in L.A. with his new play Maquina de Escribir (“Typewriter”), and I sat in my office in Chicago while my friends guarded the door to keep out intruders. And bosses.
Alex is currently a member of the very talented ensemble cast in the Telemundo telenovela “Quien es Quien.” He plays “Terminator,” the best friend of Pedro “Perico” Perez (Eugenio Siller), and the Novio-in-Waiting of “LaCoco” (Silvana Arias). Termi and Coco have a rocky road to True Love, and the fun is watching them get there in their crazy get-ups. These two are destined for each other because they can share the same wardrobe and compete in “Who Wore It Better?” contests.
Alex is from Mexico City; when he was nine, he moved with his parents and two brothers to Troy, Michigan, where his father worked in the auto industry. For Alex, home is where his family is, and that’s Troy. You can hear the longing in Alex’s voice to live closer to his family, but if you want to work in Hollywood, you have to go to Hollywood. (Or else no one would ever live there voluntarily.)
Alex always knew that he wanted to be an actor. In high-school he started a comedy group with his best friends called “The Vestibule Brothers.” The VBs produced short comedy films, commandeered the broadcast center of their high school, and played their movies throughout the school. After college, Alex moved to L.A. where he attended the prestigious The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and “The Groundlings,” where he learned the skill of concentration so necessary to acting, especially acting in novelas where the actors film dozens of scenes each day and must concentrate to keep their head in the game!
Always ready for his next role, Alex has acted in television, plays, commercials and independent films. He is as fluent in English as he is in Spanish and like any good actor, he transcends ethnicity and can play anything. However, Alex is frustrated by typecasting, and so he is working with the National Hispanic Media Coalition to increase diversity and even-out the entertainment playing field, something long overdue!
So what’s next for Alex? In addition to QEQ and the Pop-Up Theatre in L.A., Alex plays several characters in the Spanish-language version of “South Park,” and gives voice to “Monty the Meerkat,” a character in “Wisspers,” the new animated show coming to Nickelodeon. And preparense hombres! There is talk of an English-language version of QEQ! Alex can play any character, in English or Spanish! Typecasting is unfair to the actors, and it’s unfair to us, viewers who are deprived of great acting! Alex Ruiz is working to change that, and I believe he will.