A few days after being cast as the CW's Batwoman, Ruby Rose appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where she asserted how emotional the role is for her.
Describing how she fashioned batwings out of recycled cardboard boxes, the genderqueer actor told Fallon that she discovered she had been cast as Batwoman an hour before the premiere of her new film, The Meg.
“And I was so nervous during the red carpet that I skipped everybody,” Rose said. “I kept spontaneously crying. And I feel like I’m probably gonna do it now.”
“‘Cause I kept thinking like, what if they say, ’cause everyone always says, ‘So what have you got planned next?'” Rose continued. “And I thought, ‘Either I’m gonna put my foot in it and accidentally say something. Or I’m gonna start crying and they’re gonna be like, ‘Oh — she doesn’t look so good.'”
Many have criticized Rose as a less than ideal actor to play the DC Universe superhero because she's not Jewish like the character; others said she didn't have the acting chops, while others claimed she's more popular among straight viewers than LGBTQ ones. But that hasn't made scoring the part less meaningful for her.
“I feel like the reason I kept 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,” she said.
Watch the full interview below.