Gender-Fluid Ruby Rose Responds To Backlash Over Playing A Lesbian In ‘Batwoman’

This fall, Ruby Rose will be starring as TV’s first lesbian superhero in The CW’s “Batwoman”, and the 33-year-old Australian actress is opening up to Entertainment Weekly about the backlash she’s receiving — which isn’t quite what might be expected.

According to Rose, who has been candid about being gender fluid, the criticism isn’t that the character is gay — but that she’s apparently not gay enough to play it.

“I came to the States to get into acting, and I couldn’t even get a manager or agent, so I made a short film based on my life because I had the time to do it,” she tells EW.

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“I put it online, just to say, ‘This is something I wanted to do,’ and it went viral, which I didn’t ever expect. And then I got an opportunity to audition for ‘Orange Is the New Black’ because they wanted to have a gender-neutral character,” she continues.

“But I’ve also gotten backlash,” she adds. “And that’s when you realize you have to keep up with the terminology. When I got cast as a lesbian in ‘Batwoman’, I didn’t know that being a gender-fluid woman meant that I couldn’t be a lesbian because I’m not a woman — not considered lesbian enough.”

As Rose explains, she initially tried to ignore the criticism but ultimately decided she needed to wrap her head around the issue.

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“My initial response was ‘Pfft!’ And then I was like, ‘Wait. Let me just figure this one out. How do I right this wrong, because if someone out there is upset by this, I need to know why and how to fix it.’ That’s when I sort of said, ‘I’m a woman that identifies as a woman. I’m not trans. But if being gender-fluid means that I can’t identify as a woman at any point, then I guess I can’t be that.’ Maybe I need to make up another term, one that doesn’t step on any toes,” she says. “One where I can be fluid in my gender, but also a lesbian, because otherwise I’m not sure what I am,” she says.

“Batwoman” will make its debut in the fall.

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