Peloton actress Monica Ruiz met Ryan Reynolds on The Today show after starring in the viral ad for Ryan’s gin company, Aviation Gin. Ruiz appeared on the Today show to talk about the controversial Peloton commercial which led her to snag the Aviation Gin gig. “I’m like in an alternate universe,” Monica said, about meeting the Reynolds. “This is so weird.”
When Hoda Kotb asked Ryan about his decision to cast Monica in his gin ad, Ryan said, “seemed like a no brainer. We love acknowledging and playing with the cultural landscape and we thought this would be a great opportunity [to do that].”
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“You see everything is sort of divisive these days,” Ryan continued. “It’s like one camp here, one camp there. We had this thought that we could do this ad without contributing to that divide, without really vilifying anybody—just sort of commenting on both the person and the actress in the ad all at once.”
Monica said she had “an amazing experience” shooting the Peloton commercial and wasn’t sure if she wanted to accept the Aviation Gin job. “I was like, ‘I don’t want them to think that I’m like going to make fun of them or say anything mean. But they assured me it was an idea that was just taking air out of the situation.”
It all seems to be working out well for the actress, who has gained a bigger following, and hello, she got to meet RYAN REYNOLDS! Jealous.