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Ruby Rose doesn’t want to be known as a ‘lesbian actor’

Emma Powys Maurice September 20, 2019
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Ruby Rose attends The CW's Summer Party on August 4 (Eckenroth/FilmMagic/Getty)

Ruby Rose has rejected the label of “lesbian actor” saying: “That’s not a part of my job.”

The model, actress and DJ addressed her perception in the media in an interview with Glamour magazine, whose cover she graces in this month’s issue.

She recalled how she was described when she first entered the public eye in the early 2000s: “I was always Ruby Rose, the lesbian MTV VJ, the lesbian model, the lesbian actor. I was like, ‘That’s not a part of my job. That’s not on my business card.’

“I didn’t study to do that, did I? I don’t have my masters in being gay. I mean, I might now, but I didn’t then.”

She was frequently annoyed at how her sexuality was unnecessarily brought into the conversation. “I was getting frustrated at always having to have my sexuality be a part of it,” she said.

“Like, you’d never say, ‘The heterosexual DJ.’ That’s bizarre. But I realised that if I had to deal with that being really annoying for 10 years, then maybe someone else wouldn’t have to.”

Despite her unwillingness to be labelled as a ‘lesbian actor’, Rose will soon be starring as the first out leading lesbian superhero on TV in Batwoman, which is due to be released on October 6.

Fans got an early look at Rose’s Batwoman in the teaser trailer (YouTube/@The CW Network)

But she has previously said that the superhero’s relationship would be normalised, matter-of-fact and “just like anybody else”.

“There’s a way that television shows and films often depict any kind of new relationship when it’s a woman and a woman. It often has a beginning, middle and end that’s always the same,” she explained.

“Like, ‘Oh, my gosh, you’re my best friend and we’re having a slumber party in high school!’ It’s fine, because that is a way that still represents and still speaks to a legitimate way that people get together in relationships.

“But it also feels like we have to do more explaining than when it’s just a heterosexual couple.”

More: batwoman, LGBT actors, LGBT superheroes, Ruby Rose

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