When the CW announced it was creating a series around Batwoman, who happens to be a lesbian superhero, the internet responded with approbation. But when out model and actor Ruby Rose was cast in the role, many on Twitter rage-tweeted about how she was wrong to play Kate Kane, calling Rose out not only because she's not Jewish like the character is but for not being queer enough. Now Rose says she doesn’t care about the social media outrage.
On Monday’s Buzzfeed’s AM to DM, cohost Alex Berg asked Rose about the pushback she faced that spurred her to quit social media.
"There was criticism that you weren’t gay enough or queer enough to play this role. How did you feel about that?” Berg asked.
“I didn’t really care because I worked really hard to get the role. I really wanted to do the role. It’s a dream role,” Rose said after jokingly illustrating that the Twitter hate made her feel small.
“I’ve said it before, but I’m not going to be on my deathbed wishing that people on the internet liked me more,” she added.
Rose, who identifies as a lesbian and genderfluid, was met with tweets from some who seemed not to know that she is queer and many complaining that she wasn’t the right kind of queer person. A few Twitter users alleged that she was cast merely because she’s “well-known and liked by straight girls.”
The Orange Is the New Black star added that she understands how people grow up "with your own idea of what your hero or the person that you grew up idolizing [is] going to be like if they're ever played in live action."
"I totally get that," she said.
On a positive note, Rose said she hopes viewers glean “strength and courage” from Kane’s story.
“You can come up against so many things in your life and you can still make changes at any point in your life to change the direction and to pivot and to never feel like you’re stuck in one place,” she said.
“Kate Kane’s story is unique, but it’s not unheard of. One of the things that happened to her was getting kicked out of the military for being gay,” she added. “That was awful for her and awful for a lot of people that it really happened to.”
Batwoman premieres October 6 on the CW.
Watch the interview below.