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Photo Finish: Emily Ruhl

by C California Style

The Emerging Model-Turned-Actor Talks Romance On-and-Off-Screen

“Acting saved me,” says Emily Ruhl, a former model. “It forced me to be honest with myself in ways that I hadn’t been. I have a much healthier relationship with myself and my body now.”

Born in Texas, the 22-year-old was discovered by a modeling scout at age 13 while attending New York Fashion Week with her dad. She then moved to Tokyo, followed by New York, but Ruhl eventually became disillusioned. “I was trying to sell perfection,” she says, which “causes more harm than good because it creates unattainable goals.”

While Ruhl still models for the likes of Pop & Suki and KKW Beauty, she has since focused her attention on acting. She recently made her on-screen debut in Drake Doremus’ Netflix drama Newness, which stars Nicholas Hoult, with whom her character goes on a blind date. “To be able to work with Nicholas for my first role? I mean…,” she says. (Plus, “we got to make out. It was the first day on set, so that was very lovely.”)

The film is about romance that happens through an online dating app, which is particularly ironic given how the actor first landed in Los Angeles. “I met a guy on Tinder who lived between New York and L.A.,” says Ruhl, who used a modeling job as an excuse to visit him in California. Though they only dated for two more weeks after that, she never left L.A. “Now we live on the same floor, in the same building. They say that you meet people for a reason.”


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This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of C Magazine.