Ruby Rose doesn’t want to be known as a ‘lesbian actor’
Ruby Rose has rejected the label of “lesbian actor” saying: “That’s not a part of my job.”
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.”
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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.
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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.”