TCU Magazine: From ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Us,’ She Sets the Scene


Ruth De Jong is a top Hollywood production designer.

by Lisa Martin

Ruth De Jong photographed in her work / live loft in downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Christina Gandolfo

With credits ranging from films like Us and Manchester By the Sea to TV shows including Yellowstone and the 2017 reboot of Twin Peaks, Ruth De Jong ’04 has earned a reputation for artistic vision, outsized talent and a formidable work ethic. Her career quickly catapulted her to the top ranks of production designers working in the entertainment industry today.

“Ruth is now one of the most sought-after production designers in Hollywood,” said Jack Fisk, a veteran production designer. “It makes me so happy to see her success.”

De Jong’s career has had its surprises: Working on Yellowstone, a series starring Kevin Costner, directly influenced the purchase of a 60-acre ranch in Livingston, Montana. Her work in the movies put her in the same credit roll as Reese Witherspoon, Lupita Nyong’o and Sean Penn.

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