2017 is wrapping up quite nicely for Ruby Modine: not only is the Shamelesscast member, who joined the Chicago-centric show in season seven as Sierra, prepping for the critically acclaimed series' eighth installment (debuting November 5), but she currently stars as Lori Spengler in buzzy horror flick Happy Death Day. Modine dished on filming in Chicago, Happy Death Day, and more with Michigan Avenue.
Tell me a bit about your role in Happy Death Day. What attracted you to the movie? RUBY MODINE: Well, it was such a well-written script, that was the first thing. But what I noticed about myself that made me laugh a bit, was [that] when I got the script I just was really eagerly flipping through the pages, because I wanted to see who the killer was so badly. So when you’re that excited when reading a script, it’s just immediate. My character in Happy Death Day is Lori Spengler; she is Tree's, [actress] Jessica Rothe’s, roommate. She’s very disciplined and grounded in a house that is based on partying. So—no spoiler alerts—she’s got a straight mind; she’s got her eyes set on the prize, in other words.
What was your favorite part about filming the movie? RM:The cast in general, but my favorite part was when I got to learn all of this choreography. I’ve never had the opportunity to do stunts, and this was my first time that I got to work with somebody and learn how to fight correctly without hurting anyone.
Did you do your own stunts? RM: I did; I wasn’t allowed to do one thing—no spoilers!—but the rest of it I was allowed to.
How would you say it was different from filming for Shameless? RM: Probably the timing of everything. I’ve noticed that with Happy Death Day and Shameless, there’s more of a time crunch in Shameless. Of course, everything is very scheduled with the film, and it’s very tight, but I noticed you had a little more room to play. Once [Happy Death Day director] Christopher Landon got what he wanted, he would be like, “Okay, now let’s do a bunch of takes where you guys just do whatever the heck you want to.”
What is it like filming in Chicago for parts of Shameless? RM: It’s amazing...Shameless is huge in Chicago. The fan base is so dedicated and they’re all so lovely. I really, really enjoy it. It’s a city that I haven’t spent a lot of time in, and I’m blessed that the show has brought me out here. I used to spend time out here as a kid, but not a lot, and I’m learning a lot about the city. It’s just a very exciting place. You can’t turn a corner without someone knowing the show.
Where are your favorite places to go when you are in town? RM: I don’t have a lot of time to do that. I mostly film, and when I’m not filming, I’m sleeping. But Ethan [Cutkosky], who plays Carl [Gallagher], took me and some of his friends to a great restaurant the other night, Benny’s [Chophouse], and we walked around the city...In my down time, I’ll meet up with a castmate or someone and I’ll just get shown around by them, which is always lovely.
What can fans expect from this upcoming season? RM: It’s so freaking good. It’s just so good. The writers have done such a great job for so many years, so that hasn’t changed. But this coming season is just so wild—they just did such a great job. You guys can just expect a really good, shameless season. Yes, pun intended.
What upcoming projects do you have in the works for 2018? RM: I have more music coming up for 2018. That’s set in stone. And we’ll just have to tell you as the jobs continue to come in and I book them, because right now it’s all up in the air.