Sociopathia is a film co-director and co-writer Ruby LaRocca once described as Maniac meets American Mary. She based her main character off one of her close friends (which is actually terrifying if you’ve seen the movie). With Sociopathia Ruby wants to make the point that “some people are just crazy”. That regardless of background, or economic status, inside the most mundane looking person, can lurk a killer.
I’ll admit this right up front, when I did my review for Sociopathia I had almost no idea who Ruby was, so when I got the opportunity to do a follow up interview with her and co-star Asta Paredes I was genuinely intrigued. I already knew of Asta from her role in Return to Nuke ’Em High. She’s obviously a talented actress, and when she speaks of her craft she does so with a complexity and depth I wish all actors did. Asta takes the portrayal of her characters seriously, you can hear it in her voice when she speaks, and looks to truly push herself beyond convention when working through their motivations. That’s not to say Ruby LaRocca doesn’t. Ruby exudes a jubilant confidence of someone who has over 70 acting credits under her belt. She’s exuberant and insightful and a real joy to speak with. One of the first things Ruby did when we spoke was warn me that she likes to say “weird things” and then asked me if it was okay to curse. When I said sure, she fires back with “Oh fuck yes!” So oh fuck yes, I hope you enjoy our conversation about Sociopathia.