Thirteen-year-old Julie Ruff poses with her family after closing night of a production of “Annie” at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Mass., where she had the title role. Julie was joined, from left, by her mother, LeeAnne; brothers Jordan and Justus; sister, Jenna; and father, Jon.
continued “It’s been such wonderful experience for her,” said LeeAnne.
That experience was also what paved the way for Julia to head to Los Angeles, said her mother, who will be moving with her while she pursues an acting career.
“Some of the people she’s worked with have said she’s really well-suited for TV and film,” said LeeAnne. “And, you really have to be in L.A. for a future in that. So, we decided to go.”
Julia and her mother traveled to Los Angeles earlier this year where they met with people in the acting field, including several talent agencies. They came away with the feeling moving there would be the next logical decision.
“If we didn’t think she had a great shot at it, we wouldn’t necessarily make such a big move,” said LeeAnne.
Knowing she has the support of her parents and her older siblings — Jordan, a 23-year-old mechanical engineer; Jenna, a 21-year-old pre-med student at Harvard University; and Justus, an 18-year-old Wake Forest University business student — means the world to her, said Julia.
“It definitely boosts my confidence. It’s a good feeling to know how much my family supports me in what I’m doing,” said Julia.
“We are certainly blessed by how each one of them has worked hard to go after their goals,” LeeAnne said of her children. “They are all very close and supportive of each other. They are very excited for Julia and certainly are her biggest fans.”
Though Julia’s parents are serious about standing behind their daughter as she takes the next step, they’re also staying grounded, knowing not everyone who moves to Hollywood turns out to be a star. Julia’s father, who is employed as an environmental manager for the city of Plattsburgh, will stay behind, keeping his job to maintain a steady income for their family.