‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’: Dove Cameron on Whether Ruby Can Still Be Redeemed

     March 2, 2018

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Warning: Spoilers for “All the Comforts of Home” below.

The team on the ABC series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have officially been introduced to the mysterious Ruby (Dove Cameron), the daughter of General Hale (Catherine Dent) who also is clearly on a mission of her own. Her actions have proven that she just may be willing to go to any lengths to get what she wants and that her unhealthy obsession with Quake, aka Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet), puts everyone around her in danger.

During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actress Dove Cameron talked about how it was a dream of hers to do something with Marvel, what it was like to suit up in her costume, Ruby’s disassociation with humanity, and whether viewers might be able to come to understand her character.

Collider:  By the end of this episode, we learn that Ruby is not who we thought she was, when we first meet her, and that she’s doing some things that she really shouldn’t be doing. How exciting is it to be playing a character like this, on a show like this?

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DOVE CAMERON:  There’s a huge part of doing anything Marvel-related that’s my dream. I love Marvel so much. I’ve always said that. I’ve said that to my agent, from the very beginning. Since I was 14 years old, I was like, “I wanna sing on a Christmas float at Disneyland, and I want to do something with Marvel.” That’s been it, and now I’ve done both. I think there’s something about being a part of Marvel, where everybody feels like, “This is just the coolest!”

What was it like to put on the costume with the mask and get to work in that?

CAMERON:  The suit, itself, was really uncomfortable, at first. It’s very, very heavy. The leather corset is really leather and really a corset, so it was a very intense suit to be in for so long, but it’s super bad-ass. It gets you into the character really quick. Not to compare, but playing Mal in Descendants, I was in leather there, as well, and I had a wig on and magic powers and rings and wands. I love playing someone that is very over the top and very much a character. It’s my absolute favorite, so this was a blast.

Because of Ruby, Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) loses both of her arms. How does Ruby feel about doing something like that? Does she think she’s doing the right thing?

CAMERON:  Oh, yeah! Ruby is like a little baby machine, but she’s a human. She’s a girl, but she’s definitely Hale’s daughter. She’s got a little bit of a disassociation going on with humanity. She doesn’t really empathize. I don’t know if she thinks she’s doing the right thing. I think she’s doing the thing she thinks she’s supposed to do. She doesn’t really have a moral compass that’s like, “That wasn’t the right thing to do!” She’s a beast. She’s an animal. She’s a machine. She’s a cunning girl, who’s gonna do what it takes to get what she wants.

Will we feel differently about Ruby, once we understand what’s going on with her? Do you think we’ll understand her better or sympathize with her? 

CAMERON:  It’s gonna take a little bit of a brain stretch, but yeah. I did. You’ll see. I can’t really tell you anything. I can tell you that Ruby makes sense. We never really talk about how old she is, but I imagined her to be 17 or 18. Personally, I had a really crazy childhood, myself, and I empathize with people who had really crazy childhoods. There’s so much that goes on in the brain of somebody who doesn’t have a moral upbringing. Unless you have had that not normal upbringing, you can’t relate. Somebody who’s had a normal upbringing might be like, “Oh, she’s crazy!,” or “She’s bad!” It’s not her fault. Whatever she’s doing is a product of her environment, and that, I can understand.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Friday nights on ABC.

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