Ruby Rose considered having gender reassignment surgery in her youth, but is happy she chose not to transition.
The thought of transitioning was one that struck a chord with a young Rose. “I had this jar that I would collect dollars – in fact, we were so poor, it would have been cents. So I probably had 19 cents to go towards this surgery that I didn’t really know a lot about. I think I had seen a daytime documentary, probably something on ‘Oprah’ and I was like, That’s what I’m going to do. And so I started saving from probably the age of five,” she told Access Hollywood in 2015.
But she tells The EDIT, in a recent interview, that she wants her own children someday. “I’m a woman… I want to have babies one day, so I’m glad I didn’t make changes earlier in my life.”
What changed the Australian model’s mind on transitioning was the realization she only wanted to be more comfortable with whom she was as a woman. “When I got to 15 was when I kind of decided to get more into my body, and I shaved my head, and my mom was just like, ‘I don’t know what’s going on right now, but if you are happy, then do it,'” Rose explains. “And I decided to change the way that I dressed and talked and realized that I didn’t want to transition, I just wanted to be more comfortable in my own skin.”
The “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” actress says she wants her openness to be a symbol of hope for the LGBTQ community. “I want to be the person I wished was around when I was growing up. Everyone had Barbies; I had ninja turtles and Superman… I was crazy about Archie comics. I played footie [soccer] with the boys,” Rose elaborates. “All I wanted was a boy’s name growing up — Charlie, Billie, Max, Frankie. You just know my mum wanted a girly-girl princess!”
Like many LGBTQ people, coming out wasn’t easy on Rose. Comments such as “First you want our boyfriends, and now you want us” were the bane of her existence.
But now the 30-year-old star has the beautiful Jessica Origliasso by her side and says life is good. “It’s only when I slow down that I realize. I have pinch-me moments, like, ‘Is this my life?’ Because I’ve got four films coming out in 2017, and 18 months ago, I hadn’t even made one.”
“My biggest challenge [now] is to convince a network or studio head that I can play a Stepford wife… So I have no challenges. I went from being underprivileged to being very privileged,” she concludes.