With her gender-bending style and her jaw-dropping looks, it’s no surprise that Ruby Rose has gained quite a bit of attention following her role on Orange Is the New Black…but that doesn’t mean she necessarily asks for it. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Opening up with Galore, the actress explains how she’s really more the type to stay at home with her dogs on a Friday night and has focused hard on not letting her current “It Girl” label affect her work or her mind.
“The funny thing about being called an ‘It girl’ is, well, it’s the kiss of death,” she explained. “You know what I mean? It’s like being ‘in.’ Anything that’s ‘in fashion’ ultimately goes out of fashion.”
She added, “It’s also not healthy to base your personal success or happiness on external things, like fame, attention, opinion, or money. The less you let that define you the better. Let your passion and work speak for you. As long as you are happy with it, that’s all that should matter.”
In order to focus more intently one work, Rose stays away from going out and partying, which is why we don’t often see her on the red carpet.
“I’ve been invited to some seriously amazing events. I remember the last party that everyone was going to, and I happened to finally be back in LA after shooting a film,” she recalled. “I was sitting in bed with my dog and Netflix, and I asked… ‘Is this my life? Am I really going to sit here and watch movies by directors that I want to work with instead of going?’ And then I thought, ‘Yeah. I am. That is my life. And I feel so blessed.'”
Speaking of work and future jobs, Rose admits that sometimes her gender-bending style can be a bit of a detriment to her landing roles.
“Trying to convince a director or producer that I should play the lead in an action role—badass, street kid, lesbian, troubled type, or say, a fighter…you get the idea—that’s not the hardest challenge,” she said. “What is a more difficult challenge is convincing someone to give me a shot to transform, and to trust in my ability to lose myself in a role. There is no reason I can’t play, for example, a Stepford Mom, or play a man’s wife, or a mother or teacher.”
She also finds that her appearance tends to attract women who say they’ve “turned gay” for her, which she laughs off.
“When people say to me that I turned them gay, I just laugh, because that’s not really even a possibility,” she explained, noting how a lot of people would slide into her Direct Messages with naughty photos and flirtatious messages.
“I just think that, as human beings, we are drawn to what we can’t have,” she added. “We are drawn to fantasy over reality, and often are in love with an idea of a situation rather than the reality of it. I think people like the idea of ‘turning gay for someone,’ but it’s not actually that simple. Ultimately, that statement is just a form of endearment or a compliment, but it’s not real.”