HollywoodLife spoke with ‘On My Block’ star Jason Genao concerning the heartbreaking Ruby and Jamal look seen world wide, the rise of Ruby and Jasmine, and extra in our EXCLUSIVE interview.
While the massive Cesar reveal within the On My Block season three finale time leap positively shocked followers, it was the look between Ruby and Jamal that hit followers the toughest. At faculty, Ruby and Jamal share a short look that’s completely heartbreaking. Jamal, surrounded by his soccer participant buddies, appears to be like at Ruby slightly longingly, whereas Ruby stays sturdy whereas strolling with Jasmine. This scene confirmed the Core Four is formally over — for now.
HollywoodLife talked EXCLUSIVELY with Jason Genao about filming that scene and Ruby’s viewpoint. He admitted that he thinks “something big” will need to have occurred to separate up the Core Four in such a significant manner. Jason additionally opened up about Ruby and Jasmine’s relationship and why they’re higher for one another than Monse and Cesar. Check out our full Q&A under.
That last second with Ruby and Jamal was heartbreaking. Jamal appears unhappy however I can’t determine my learn on Ruby. What have been you attempting to convey in that second?
Jason Genao: Well, I bear in mind once we shot that scene. They informed us, “You’re going to do it twice. We’re going to do it where you look at him, and then you don’t look at him.” So in her simply telling me that — the place I don’t even acknowledge him — I feel that I type of tried to convey that I’m fully over the scenario. I used to be with Jasmine. I’ve this new girlfriend. I feel there’s this whole sense of happiness round Ruby. I feel he’s settled within the happiness that he has. I’m certain it impacts him. I’m constructive about that, however I simply don’t assume it impacts him as a lot. I additionally prefer to assume that that story has extra to do with Ruby being okay with what occurs.
So I’ve talked to Diego [Tinoco] and I’ve talked to the co-creators concerning the Core Four cut up, and it looks like there’s one thing deeper there with Ruby and Jamal. Do you assume there was a giant second that cut up them up for good?
Jason Genao: I imply, it needs to be one thing huge. These children are childhood pals. You don’t simply let go of those folks so simply. Growing up, I’ve misplaced contact with individuals who I used to be actually shut with as a result of we misplaced contact or distance, however for them to be going to the identical faculty and have that distance, that makes me assume that one thing actually huge occurred. It’s like if Monse falls out with the crew, it’s as a result of she’s at a unique faculty and there’s not a lot you are able to do. I’ve to assume that one thing actually huge occurred so that you can need to distance your self if you’re nonetheless so shut to one another bodily.
The Core Four is now damaged up. Granted, it is a TV present and if there’s a season 4, they most likely will discover their manner again to one another. But do you assume the Core Four will ever be as shut as they have been?
Jason Genao: I feel, simply talking usually from expertise, I do know there are specific friendships that if you reignite them, it’s like nothing is misplaced if you discover that middle once more. I hope that’s how Ruby and Jamal are. If they get previous that and if there’s a season Four and so they need to by some means come collectively, hopefully, they discover a approach to middle themselves and be these pals once more. Because these are the varieties of friendships the place, even when it’s misplaced, it finds its manner again fully.
Considering they’ve gone by way of their justifiable share of trauma over the previous three seasons, that break may need been good for them. I feel if you’re at all times in that headspace, it’s not good for anybody. There have been so many elements to that point leap however was there one that actually shocked you essentially the most?
Jason Genao: I had no concept that Spooky was going to have a household. That was not within the script. I bear in mind it mentioned, “Spooky’s barbecuing with family.” I didn’t know that meant a pregnant girl within the yard. I used to be so shocked by that. I used to be additionally fairly shocked by the entire season’s ending.
Ruby went off on Cesar within the finale. Do you assume that was the breaking level for them?
Jason Genao: I don’t assume so. I imply, Ruby goes off on everybody on a regular basis. He’s going off on Spooky and on Jasmine. I don’t assume that [was the breaking point] as a result of then they proceed and primarily watch this girl die, so I feel that may have been what has to do with it. I don’t know. I simply assume that’s so in his character. We’re all risking our lives. That’s not only a response, that may be a normal response. I don’t take a look at that because the breaking level. If we get a season 4, I’m actually excited to discover that as a result of for there to be a 2-year hole and there be no reparations by way of it, I feel one thing else occurs. I do know, for essentially the most half, it’s their first lifeless physique. It’s their Boyz n the Hood second. I feel there’s slightly bit extra to it, however I feel the entire lifeless physique half is quite a lot of it. I’d prefer to see it explored extra in season Four for certain.
I really feel like Ruby is essentially the most practical of the Core Four in a way. When Monse leaves, I really feel like Ruby is aware of it’s by no means going to be the identical.
Jason Genao: I feel so, too. With Monse leaving, I feel that was a giant change that isn’t alleged to occur as a result of all the adjustments have been taking place inside them are issues they will work with or work towards, like Cesar being within the gang. It’s all about unity and what they will do collectively. But then when Monse pulls that unity out of them and he or she’s going far sufficient to the place they will’t be the Core Four anymore, I feel that additionally takes a giant toll on the crew.
Season three featured Ruby and Jasmine lastly getting collectively. Why do you assume Ruby and Jasmine are proper for one another?
Jason Genao: Ruby and Jasmine are the identical particular person in several our bodies. The bossiness, the sass, the having to get issues finished in a sure method and within the Ruby or Jasmine manner. They are the identical particular person.
Monse and Caesar have damaged up and gotten again collectively so many occasions, however Ruby and Jasmine are nonetheless collectively after 2 years. Were you shocked by that?
Jason Genao: No. I prefer to assume that they took it actually sluggish. After that kiss within the bed room, they weren’t instantly collectively. I prefer to assume it was this entire stage the place they have been like, “Let’s start it out and let’s work on it.” I don’t assume it was a complete 2-year relationship off the bat. But on the similar time, I’m not shocked. They stay throughout the road from one another. You can’t go nowhere, and so they work so properly with one another. What’s the purpose of not being collectively if you discover somebody who’s good for you? I feel that’s a testomony to Cesar and Monse. I feel Monse was too good for Cesar. Cesar was slightly too caught up within the issues that have been surrounding him, and Monse wished to guard him from these issues. She was just a bit too good for him, in my perspective. That’s why it didn’t work out. It’s like somebody giving 80 and one other particular person giving 20. That’s by no means going to work. But then Ruby and Jasmine, it’s like 50-50. We are couple objectives.
Season Four isn’t official but, however as a fan, I’ve very excessive hopes. The present has explored a lot in simply three seasons. Is there something you’d need to discover with Ruby that the present hasn’t but?
Jason Genao: I feel Ruby’s storyline is so wonderful by itself. I don’t prefer to overstep my boundaries and say what Ruby needs to be or ought to have sooner or later. I do know that I would like him to discover his PTSD, which remains to be ongoing. Knowing individuals who even have it in my household, it simply doesn’t go away. For it to simply subside would sort of suck as a result of that’s the sort of factor that you simply cope with endlessly. I feel writers are so inventive and so good at what they do. It’s at all times been issues that I may by no means provide you with.
I do assume that exploring extra of Ruby’s PTSD is vital as a result of I really feel that’s such a significant facet of his character. One of my favourite scenes was the one between Ruby and Monse when she breaks down over her mother. She confesses that she feels numb to all of it and Ruby’s actually there for her. I felt like that was such an important second for them and such an actual second contemplating what they’ve all been by way of.
Jason Genao: I beloved that second. That was considered one of my favourite scenes. I bear in mind they have been like, “Can you cry for us? Just cry in the scene.” I used to be like, “Okay, I’ll try.” But they have been giving a lot protection to Sierra [Capri] that by the point they obtained to me, I obtained like one or two takes so I couldn’t do it that rapidly. Something took place within the phrases and I don’t cry within the scene, however Ruby has this sense of emotion even with out the bodily tears. I actually favored that scene as a result of I actually felt the phrases that Ruby was saying on an inner spectrum.