If you binge-watched Orange Is the New Black on Netflix this weekend, then there’s a good chance you fell in love with Litchfield inmate Stella Carlin, portrayed by Ruby Rose. Well, there’s a whole lot of awesome to Rose other than just her gorgeous name, and at The Hot Zone, we’ve got the details.
Rose’s character, Stella, is a gender fluid character, meaning she doesn’t identify as completely male or completely female. Well, Rose was certainly the best person for the job because she is also gender fluid. She gave Elle Magazine this information in a recent interview, saying that she “doesn’t really feel like a woman, but obviously [she] was born one. “ She is comfortable somewhere in the middle of the gender spectrum.
Additionally, Rose told Hollywood Life that she came out as a lesbian to her mother when she was twelve years old. She also claimed that she’s felt like a boy since she was little. The interview reports that Rose “used to sleep on [her] chest” when she was young because she wanted to avoid developing breasts.
Rose and her character add to the ever-growing diversity and representation on Orange Is the New Black. While Stella isn’t the only androgynous character on the show, she is the only one who really proclaims her gender fluidity. This is so important for viewers who are gender fluid to see because they have someone to look up to on a popular, TV show.
Rose is engaged to Phoebe Dahl, a clothing designer. The couple is working on a clothing line designed specifically for people who identify as gender fluid. We wish them good luck in all of their future endeavors and look forward to seeing more of Rose on our screens.