The Australian born Ruby Rose might be familiar to those who have followed her time as an MTV VJ, model, or recording artist – but her venture in the next season of Orange is the New Black is sure to launch the self-identified gender-fluid actress into Netflix-stardom.
Rose plays Stella Carlin in the new season which starts this Friday and she spoke to Vanity Fair about her own preferred gender pronouns, and hoe she ended up embracing the crass “lesbians who look like Justin Bieber” tagline:
Ruby Rose was born female, and uses the feminine pronouns “she” and “her.” But if you ask her to choose which gender she identifies with more, “it would be a boy, a guy.”
Last July, after a director told her she looked “too much like Justin Bieber” to play the “sexy girl” in his action movie, Ruby Rose published a video called “Break Free.” In it she travels the spectrum of performative gender, from blond-wig-wearing bombshell to James Dean drag king, including a strap-on penis.
Check out the track in question, “Break Free,” below:
If you’re still unsure of how sexually charged Rose is, check out this cover image for Rose’s interview with the UK’s lesbian and bisexual-female focused Diva Mag:
Rose goes on to tell VF about knowing she was a lesbian since she was 12 when she had her first crush on Mariah Carey – “I was pretty certain we were going to end up together,” she told the publication – but her story is a bit sadder than that. Her young mother took Rose and ran thousands of miles away to get away from her abusive father. She said her mother showed up with two black eyes and a baby in her arms when they arrived at her aunt’s house:
“I just looked like one of those dirty little scary kids in scary movies that bite people.”
For a while they lived on baked beans and mashed potatoes, on sofas and in caravans in people’s backyards, and shared a bedroom at her grandmother’s.
As for details on Rose’s character, Stella, a short Netflix video has a brief interview with Rose detailing her intentions to get between the show’s known stars, and she aims to make this the “sexiest season yet.”
Director Vikram Gandhi (Kumaré, HBO’s “Vice”), a Columbia University alumni, approached fellow alum Adam Mansbach (author of “Go the F**k to Sleep”) to help tell this origin story, and from that collaboration Mansbach penned the script.