The actress who shot to fame after playing the ‘Peloton wife’ in a holiday ad for the exercise bike company is set to guest star in a CBS show.
Monica Ruiz became a well-known face after the commercial came under fire on social media where critics slammed it as misogynistic and sexist.
She is now said to have been paid $2,000 to appear on CBS show The Bold & the Beautiful, reports TMZ.
Actress and model Monica Ruiz (pictured) who played the wife in the controversial Peloton holiday ad has reportedly been asked to guest star on CBS show The Bold & the Beautiful
It is thought that Monica will film her appearance in just a day and immediately said yes to the opportunity when approached by the show.
Although her role is just thought to be a one-off, sources told TMZ that she could be brought back if audiences react well to her performance.
The Bold And The Beautiful is a soap opera which has been running since the 1980s and is set in LA that follows the Forrester family and their fashion business.
Monica, who is based in California, played a slim wife in the Peloton ad who was gifted a stationary bike by her husband for Christmas.
The exercise bike commercial (pictured) was slammed by critics for being misogynistic and sexist
She then vlogged her fitness journey over the course of the year and at the end she compiled those clips into a thank you video for her husband.
However after its release the commercial was slammed and the company lost millions of dollars with its stock dropping nearly 10 percent after the backlash.
When asked just what sparked the furor on the Today show, Monica said with a laugh, ‘Honestly, I think it was just my face.’
‘My eyebrows looked worried I guess. People were like, “You look scared.” I’m telling you, it was my face, that was the problem, and it just exploded it from there. She looks worried.
‘It’s crazy to see my face everywhere this much and see everyone talking about it.’
Despite the backlash, the commercial caught the eye of actor Ryan Reynolds and landed Monica (pictured together on the Today show) a role in an ad for his company Aviation Gin
Monica said she was surprised by the fury over the spot because for the first few weeks, no one seemed to notice the ad except for her family and friends.
‘I kept feeling like there was two camps. Some people thought it was a really big deal and some people thought it wasn’t a really big deal,’ she said.
‘So I thought maybe I should just wait for it to blow over…When it didn’t blow over and people started answering for me…I was like okay. I’ll just let everyone know I’m fine. I’m not in a rehab for mental health anywhere,’ she added explaining her reason for coming on the show.
Despite the public outcry, the commercial caught the eye of actor Ryan Reynolds and he immediately contacted her for a role in a commercial for his company Aviation Gin.
The commercial plays as a follow up to the Peloton ad and features Ruiz sipping Reynolds’ gin to cope with the controversy.
In the ad she toasts to ‘new beginnings’. Reynolds tweeted the ad cheekily saying, ‘Exercise bike not included.’
On the Today show she officially met Reynolds for the first time, who explained how he wanted to create the commercial to play on the Peloton crisis.
As a model, Monica has also landed on the cover of magazines including Parents (pictured)
Monica, pictured left and right, is thought to be appearing on the CBS soap opera in a guest spot but could be asked back if audiences react well to her role
‘I feel like I’m in an alternate universe right now. This is so weird!’ Ruiz, a mother-of-two, gushed on the show as she laughed next to the Deadpool star.
Reynolds explained the backstory to that humorous Aviation Gin ad that was filmed in just 36 hours to keep it timely.
He said: ‘We love acknowledging and playing off of the cultural landscape and we thought this was a grand opportunity to do something.’
As for Monica, she hopes that she won’t be branded ‘Peloton wife’ forever and can still land other roles.
‘I hope people can see me as an actress. I like to do movies and TV, and I’m not actuality the Peloton lady, (so) let me work other jobs,’ she said.
Peloton, which sells bikes for the lowest price of $2,245, said in a statement it was ‘disappointed’ its holiday commercial was ‘misinterpreted.’
As of Wednesday December 11 shares in Peloton dropped by seven per cent after a short-seller’s report concluded it was overvalued by almost $8billion.