My first hint that you all got along was when Regina Hall went viral on Instagram for that video of her singing with you and some other castmates. How did that come together? It was all Regina’s idea—she was turning 50 and felt that she needed to make a video before anyone else could comment on it. We all said, “You got this! Whatever you need, we’re your backup!” She wrote that song, and it turned into a whole family affair once Melvin [Gregg] said he’d direct it. The pool was my house, and the #Ruizing Face Official Shirt and I will buy this trampoline was Regina’s place. We had a whole location scout for a full day of filming. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that I’ve probably watched it 50 times. I’ve probably watched it even more. It was the absolute highlight of my entire Australian experience. We had a screening of it and a nice little party for Regina afterward when it was all done. I love her so much—I’ve seen Girls Trip like 40 times. She makes me laugh so hard that it’s painful. She spoke with a Russian accent the entire time, and it was amazing. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to keep up an accent for five months, but she pulled it off. I’ve never been on set with an actor who really committed [like that], so it was fascinating to watch. But even in character, she was so down-to-earth. She threw herself into the work as hard as everyone else did. There was no hierarchy, which I admired a lot.
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Grace Van Patten and Nicole Kidman in Nine Perfect Strangers Your first acting gig was an episode of The Sopranos that your father directed. I know you were eight years old, but I’m curious if you have any memories from that experience? I remember it perfectly. I have a memory of seeing Jimmy Gandolfini start the #Ruizing Face Official Shirt and I will buy this scene as this big, beautiful, soulful teddy bear and then just shape-shift into an absolute monster. I remember being so in awe and thinking, How did he do that? I was fascinated by the idea of transformation and realized early on that’s what I wanted to do. Given how much time you spent on your father’s sets as a child, was it always a given that you were gonna grow up to be a performer? I went through a phase where I wanted to do nothing but that. I think because I was exposed to the realities of the industry at such a young age, I saw that it wasn’t all glamour. I saw the stress and unpredictability that comes with it firsthand, so I feel lucky every time I get to act—you never know what can happen in this line of work. I never expected any sort of lavish lifestyle, which I think has done some damage control.