DHS student lands starring role in movie
Teen began modeling, acting at 10
Destrehan student Taylor Ruffin films a scene for “On Angel’s Wings,” which premiered on Saturday.
Ruffin recently debuted in her first feature role in the film “On Angel’s Wings” that aired on the Uplifting Entertainment television network on June 28. The film also stars veteran actors Reginald VelJohnson, who played Carl Winslow on long-running CBS sitcom “Family Matters,” and Robin Givens.
The movie was shot in Baton Rouge over two weeks last summer. Although Ruffin put up with long days on set, the teen said she was happy to be a part of the project.
“I enjoy it so much because it is fun to me...I don’t see it as work. The assistant director would say it is time for the kids to go because we can only work nine hours, but I don’t even realize it has been nine hours because I am having so much fun,” Ruffin said.
The film is about a girl who gets a little help from above to turn her life around.
“The movie itself is based around soccer. I am a soccer player, but I am not very good. I am a water girl, but our star player gets hurt and the coach has no choice but to put me in and that is when I kind of struggle,” Ruffin said.
The plot thickens when an angel steps in and grants Ruffin’s character three wishes, which changes the way her character thinks and acts.
“After all of the trouble I have gone through I learn it is not about myself, it is about helping others,” Ruffin said. Although Ruffin has been in other productions over the years, including several supporting roles in films and most notably a two-season run on the sitcom “My Parents, My Sister & Me,” she said starring in a movie was a surreal experience.
“This time was a little bit more weird. All the other movies I’ve been a part of have been in supporting roles, I have not been the lead. Now, I am in every scene,” she said.
At the height of her career, Ruffin looks back fondly on an acting seminar she participated in at the age of 10 that has led to her career becoming what it is today. In particular, it was the connections she made at that seminar that have helped over the years.
“When I was 10 (my acting coach) made a connection with me and from then on he took me under his wing,” she said. “So he puts a word in for me with casting for any project he is doing that is appropriate for me and that has a girl my age.”
Entering her senior year at Destrehan High School, Ruffin said she is looking forward to getting back to her other passion as a dancer for the Desty Darlings. With a year left of school, Ruffin is also trying to figure out what her next step will be.
“My manager is trying to get me to go to California for college, so that is a possibility,” Ruffin said. “I want to do performing arts, but I also want to be a lawyer. So if acting doesn’t work out, that is what I want to do.”
“On Angel’s Wings” will have repeat showings on UPtv over the next few weeks and will also be available for rental on DVD through Redbox and for purchase online at Walmart.
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