Ysa Penarejo: The 411


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Ysa Penarejo plays Maisie on Red Ruby. Scroll to read all about her life as an actress and so much more!



Of all the projects you’ve filmed, what has been your favorite scene to shoot?

I loved filming Project Mc Squared. My character was a tomboy, but there was a scene where I got to dress up in a wig and heels for the first time, and that was really fun.

How did you get into acting?

Through dance. Someone I was dancing with brought it up, and I decided to check it out!

What do you love about being on set?

When you watch movies or TV you never see all the work that goes into making even the smallest scene. It’s awesome to be on set and get to actually see everyone putting so much effort into this major project.

What do you hate about being on set?

The only thing I can think of is whenever I’m wearing contacts the fog machine dries them out and my eyes start to itch!

Who is a figure from history that you admire or look up to?

Oprah...she’s done so so much. She’s worked so hard to get where she is and has helped so many people. Her journey and her intentions are very inspiring.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Hopefully still acting and dancing!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not on set or working?

I’m a big snacker!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

I’d love to live in Vancouver. I’ve been there for work and each time I’ve enjoyed it so much. The weather, environment, and the people are all great.

Favorite show currently?

Pen15 on Hulu is so funny!

If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be and why?

I’d love to be Lady Gaga or Rihanna. They’re both so talented, and I’d love to be able to sing like that.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Food...I eat so much.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Either cookies and cream or cookie dough.

What’s your favorite ride at Disneyland?

The Incredicoaster. That used to be California Screamin’. I love a good thril!

Before we wrap up, can you tell us one last fun fact about yourself?

I can’t ride a bike. I can skateboard, but I can’t bike!


Watch Ysa on brand new episodes of Red Ruby, every Monday at 3PM!