Former Batwoman star Ruby Rose has opened up about the violent anti-gay bullying she used to face as a young person.
In an interview with The Guardian, the Australian model and actress opened up about her childhood in a way she hasn’t done before, detailing the horrific anti-gay bullying she faced after coming out at a young age.
“I loved being with all the boys, and sort of saw myself as one of the boys” she told the publication. “For a long time, I thought there was something a bit wrong with me, or that I wasn’t the gender I was meant to be,” she continued. “It took years, but eventually, I came to a place where I went: ‘OK, I think I’m just very androgynous and very in tune with masculine energy.”
When she came out as a lesbian to her mother at age 12, Rose said that her mother was fully supportive, but her classmates were not.
She was insulted, other students avoided her, girls accused her of looking at them in the locker room, and students would write “we hate Ruby” on bathroom walls. “It was horrendous,” she said about the bullying she faced, “It was little bullying moments like that, that just made me feel like I couldn’t be myself.” But it didn’t end there. It actually escalated.
“I was hospitalized and then was out of school for about five days,” Rose said. “I got beaten up by about four girls and one guy in front of about 50 people. They hit me in the head with metal chairs at a cafe, and they threw things at me. They punched me. I ended up with lacerations, big bruises, concussion, and also… just how much that horrifies your soul, your spirit. I’d been bullied a lot, but not to this degree where I was worried for my life.”
At the time, Rose wanted to press charges, but her mother was worried about drawing out the mental trauma of the attack and also didn’t have the money for an attorney.
Eventually, Rose got her break as a model and was soon acting as well. But the attack left a lifetime mark. She says she still receives messages from former classmates and peers who witnessed the attack apologizing or saying they still have nightmares about it.
Rose first rose to prominence on reality television in Australia. She was a presenter on MTV Australia, and starred in Australia’s Next Top Model. Eventually she made her to American television when she joined Netflix’s Orange is The New Black in season three. Since then, she’s starred in movies like John Wick: Chapter 2, The Meg, and XXX: Return of Xander Cage.
Her biggest role, however, was starring in the first season of Batwoman as the lesbian superhero and her secret identity, Kate Kane. Unfortunately, a grueling schedule and injuries sustained while doing stunts forced her to quit the show after one season.
She was replaced as the star of the show by Javicia Leslie, who plays Ryan Wilder, a new woman taking up the Batwoman mantle. Recently, Wallis Day was cast to play Kate Kane on the show. Day will play Kane after surviving a crash that left her unrecognizable. Wilder will remain as Batwoman, and Kane will no longer be wearing the cowl.