Ruby Rose says Batwoman is the hero this world needs.
“Everyone wants to play a superhero,” she tells the publication. “Batwoman, in particular, means so much to me because she’s so comfortable within her sexuality. It’s a character that I wish I could have seen on television growing up. It’s time. It’s time to have a gay superhero.”
Rose jumped at the opportunity to play Batwoman: “We were discussing how desperately the world needs something like this right now.”
“You have [executive producer] Sarah [Schechter] and [showrunner] Caroline [Dries], who’s a gay woman and Greg Berlanti, who handled these situations so well in the past and is a beautiful gay man,” she adds. “They were explaining to me this wasn’t going to be a project that was just written by men.”
Some questioned if Rose was appropriate for the role after headline-making statements the actress made about where she fits on the gender spectrum. “I’ve confused people by saying that I fit in on a genderless spectrum,” Rose says.
“I didn’t know it was going to be quite as big of a statement at the time,” Rose continues. “It kind of clashes with the idea of being a lesbian if I don’t identify as a woman all the time, which I do — I identify as a woman. But I don’t like any of the labels, to be perfectly honest.”
“I don’t even like the letters [of the acronym LGBTQI] so much. I want everyone to be human, be accepted for being human,” she says. “But until that happens, I entirely understand and stand behind, why each letter is important to each different part of the community.”
The actress also opened up about her early connection to Batman.
“My mom used to have [bats]. When I was growing up, she used to rescue them, and we’d have them in the bathroom,” she said. “We had an outdoor bathroom. That’s quite a common thing in the country in Australia. My mom would rescue injured bats and bring them into this outdoor bathroom, and they would sh*t everywhere. She loved them. She’s had a little Batman tattoo since she was in her 20s. And I used to have batwings that she made out of cardboard.”
“Batwoman” premieres Sunday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Showcase.