The CW confirmed Ruby Rose's casting as Batwoman earlier this week and DC fans have been super excited about the announcement. Rose will portray Kate Kane in the Arrowverse. The actress is currently doing press for The Meg and was recently asked in an interview about the Batwoman role. Rose talked about how she keeps getting emotional when talking about the character and how she can make a difference in the lives of the young LGBTQ community, noting that she didn't feel like she had accurate representation on TV when she was younger.
Ruby Rose came out as a lesbian when she was 12-years old and gets emotional while talking about playing the openly gay Kate Kane, aka Batwoman in a new interview. The actress feels that she can be the person that she needed when she was younger while playing the role, which may be able to help others see that there is an openly gay superhero that kicks ass. In the end, Rose wants kids to watch and feel like they can become a superhero too. She explains.
I feel like the reason I keep getting so emotional is because, you know, growing up watching TV, I never saw somebody on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero, you know. I've always had this saying, well, not me, Oscar Wilde, which is Be yourself because everyone else is taken and so I always lived by that motto and then the second motto is when I came into the industry was Be the person you needed when you were younger. I feel like one motto led me to the other, and I kept crying about it... Kids (can) watch this growing up and relate to it and feel empowered and think that they can become a superhero."
The Batwoman and Arrowverse crossover should do a lot to raise Ruby Rose's profile from co-star to leading actress. As for the Batwoman TV series, it's currently being written and has yet to be ordered for a pilot. Greg Berlanti, who is also openly gay, is currently developing the Batwoman TV series with Caroline Dries. Berlanti and The CW have been very vocal about having equal representation in their shows. The CW series Supergirl recently revealed that Nicole Maines will be the first transgender superhero on TV in the upcoming Season 4, playing Dreamer. In addition, Black Lightning just introduced Nafessa Williams as the gay superhero Anissa Pierce aka, Thunder.
Ruby Rose also revealed another personal connection to Batwoman role, stating that her favorite toy when she was a child was a pair of bat wings that she constructed out of cardboard. The bat fascination didn't come out of nowhere. Rose's mother has a Batman tattoo and even had bats in the house that she kept as pets. Although it was cool growing up with bats, the young actress admits that they often defecated all over the house, which isn't super cool.
Ruby Rose seems to have come full circle from growing up with bats to portraying Batwoman on the small screen. Not only that, but she is going to offer the representation that she feels she didn't have growing up watching TV. Rose will make her debut in the Arrowverse crossover this December. Until then, you can check out the emotional interview with Ruby Rose below, thanks to The Tonight Show's YouTube channel.