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Peloton actress Monica Ruiz opens up about viral exercise bike commercial — ‘I’m telling you my face was the problem’

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 12/12/2019 Jessica Schladebeck

Monica Ruiz is finally facing her fame.

The commercial actress during an appearance on the Today Show Thursday morning discussed her experience filming her now-viral Peloton ad – and she blames her furrowed brows and concerned expression for the wild response.

The commercial, which was made in November, features Ruiz playing a wife whose husband gifts her a Peloton exercise bike for Christmas. Set to the tune of “She’s so High,” the ad follows as Ruiz documents her “fitness journey” in a series of self-recorded cell-phone clips, which she watches with her spouse the following year.

“I’m telling you my face was the problem and it just exploded from there,” Ruiz said with a laugh.

Social media critics were in fact quick to seize upon the actress’ fearful expression at the start of the ad, titled “The Gift that Gives Back.” One tweeter said Ruiz looked as though she was in a hostage situation while another compared it to a television episode of the science-fiction thriller, “Black Mirror."

“Honestly I think it was just my face,” she said again. “My eyebrows look, like, worried, I guess. People were like, ‘She looks scared.’”

Ruiz noted that she had a great time working with Peloton on the ad and never anticipated the response – which, in the end, scored her another hugely viral gig.

In a follow-up to the stationary bike commercial, Ruiz appeared in an ad for Aviation Gin, a liquor brand owned by actor Ryan Reynolds, that made light of the Peloton commercial and the conversations it inspired. It sees the mother of two downing a martini between two friends, who are going above and beyond to comfort her.

The 41-second ad concludes with the quip: “Exercise bike not included.”

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