JY: What was life like for you growing up as the daughter of actor Matthew Modine and Caridad Rivera? RM: It was filled with lots of laughter and art. We have a very family-oriented lifestyle to this day because of the upbringing that was given to us (Boman [my brother] and me). I’m lucky to have had such a great and adventurous childhood. JY: Is there a specific moment you remember deciding that you wanted to pursue acting? RM: I was on set of one of my Dad’s films when I was very little and I remember seeing him step out in his costume. It was like the reaction in comic books when the hero steps forward for the first time — jaw dropping and so magical. Then to watch him in the scenes with his fellow actors... I was mesmerized! JY: Were you ever interested in possibly pursuing a career outside of the entertainment industry? RM: I wanted to be a chef when I was young, but even when I was cooking I’d be striking poses and acting like I was in front of a camera. I had a good number of jobs prior to acting. JY: What can your fans look forward to in the future from your singing career? RM: A lot of truth. I’m absolutely over the moon and so overjoyed to be working on my EP with my long-time friend Zachary Murdock (@channelthesun). There will be new sounds, honesty, music videos, live performances, etc! #RubyModineAndTheDisease #ChannelTheSun JY: When you write original music, what emotions are you drawn to expressing? RM: Personal experiences are the most prominent. I write about relationships and life experiences that have affected me in big ways both positively and negatively. I used to hold back on my lyrics but as I’ve gotten older, I feel so much stronger and more clear minded. I want to share my true stories. It’s so much easier to breathe when we lose fear and find self-love.
JY: What is the writing process like for you? RM: Writing has always been therapeutic for me and I’ve had journals throughout my life. My parents really encouraged that, so my music mostly stems from those. I’m always jotting down notes for a song or poem in the works. I’ve woken up from dreams and grabbed my pen and paper which have a permanent home next to my bed, and then fallen back to sleep smiling super big. JY: Has there ever been a specific time in your life when you felt like music was really there for you? RM: Yes, I always feel like I can breathe better once I’ve gotten everything off my chest. It’s like being released from emotional claustrophobia. JY: How can your fans see you perform live? RM: I will make sure to always share dates and times on my social media! I’ve done a few impromptu shows but that’s just me jumping on stage to sing along with a friend’s band or performers who I know. JY: Do you play any instruments? RM: I’m getting back into playing piano. I played for nine years and then stopped to focus purely on singing which wasn’t a wise choice! I can play around with almost all instruments other than drums; I have never been able to play drums!
I used to hold back on my lyrics but as I’ve gotten older, I feel so much stronger and more clear minded.
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