Ruby Rose says she was nearly paralyzed by a stunt-related injury while on set for the CW’s Batwoman series in which she plays the titular character.
The openly gender-fluid and lesbian actress documented the experience with a lengthy Instagram post which includes graphic video of her surgery.
“To everyone asking about my new Pez dispenser scar on my neck… A couple of months ago I was told I needed an emergency surgery or I was risking becoming paralyzed,” Rose wrote in the post. “I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal cord. I was in chronic pain and yet couldn’t feel my arms.”
The 33-year-old actress also explained her reason for filming the surgery; apparently due to a past episode of Grey's Anatomy.
“To anyone asking why I let them video it.. Did you not watch that Grey’s Anatomy episode where they left a towel in a patient??” she wrote. “Also, I wanted to see what happens when we go under.”
She went on to thank her doctor for “allowing me to keep working and doing what I love,” adding, “I am forever in your debt.”
The former Orange Is the New Black actress was cast last year to play Batwoman in the upcoming CW series, which will reportedly feature an official Supergirl and Batwoman crossover. The series is developed by Caroline Dries and Greg Berlanti, and comes from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Batwoman is set to premiere on Sunday, October 6 at 8/7c on The CW.
Earlier this month, Rose said that Batwoman “is not about a gay superhero,” though the character is canonically a lesbian, and her sexuality has played a large part in her backstory.
Warning as this graphic video may not be for the faint of heart.