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.
“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.
“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.