Ruby Rose, co-Star of the hit series Orange Is The New Black speaks on her opinions on gender fluidity after attending the premiere party for the hit TV show.
“She’s not the only androgynous girl on the show, but she’s the only person who really identifies publicly as being “gender fluid,” said Ruby Rose on her portrayal of her OITNB character Stella.
“People are talking about gender fluidity more and more now because once someone opens a door to something like that, people put their hands up and say, “That’s me! That’s my friend! That’s my sister! That’s my mom!”
“Gender fluidity is not really feeling like you’re at one end of the spectrum or the other. For the most part, I definitely don’t identify as any gender. I’m not a guy; I don’t really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one.
“So, I’m somewhere in the middle, which – in my perfect imagination – is like having the best of both sexes. I have a lot of characteristics that would normally be present in a guy and then less that would be present in a woman. But then sometimes I’ll put on a skirt – like today.”
“Exactly, and not having to succumb to whatever society – whether it’s work or family or friends or whoever – makes you feel like you’re supposed to be because of how you were born. That’s not the case at all.
There’s a line in OITNB where Stella is making fun of Piper, saying like “Ugh. Women – can’t live with them, can’t live without them.” Piper’s like, “What? You don’t consider yourself to be a woman?” Stella says, “I do, but that’s only because my options are limited.” It’s a very small line, but what I really read from that is that she is a woman – obviously, she’s in a female prison – but if she had it her way, she probably wouldn’t be. But, what’s her option? To transition to a guy and then be in a men’s prison would be incredibly dangerous. The takeaway is that only you know who you were born to be, and you need to be free to be that person.”
The 29-year-old-actress was born in Melbourne, Australia to a single mother and artists whom Ruby describes as her role model.