Ruby Rose, the former Batwoman of the hit series on The CW, has finally broken her silence in an exclusive interview over at EW and we’re not okay. If anything, we’re mad. Not mad at Ruby. Let’s clear that up real fast. They did what they had to do for their health.
If you remember, following an on-set accident in 2019, Rose had to get back surgery. Back surgery already sounds scary. Top it off with the fact that it almost severed her spinal cord and you’ve got a recipe for a major personal freak out that would make anyone second guess their career choices. But crazy enough…Ruby Rose went back to work 10 days after surgery.
Rose admitted it wasn’t the best idea to EW.
“I had my surgery and then 10 days later I went to work, which maybe wasn’t the best idea. Most people take about a month or three off before they return to work, so it was definitely made more difficult by that.”
Then she swerved and did something rather curious: she made it seem like the job was normally THIS taxing. And sure, being a lead is. But not enough where you get hurt and have to have back surgery for fear of never walking again. “But as far as being a lead of a show or a film — regardless if it’s action or if it’s emotional — in whichever ways it’s taxing.”
That’s where the bullshit comes in. And again, we get it. You want to leave on a solid grounding with your previous employers. It’s already hard being a woman in Hollywood, imagine how hard it is to be a queer person in Hollywood. We’re far and few in between and Rose was looking out for her future when she said the following.
“The challenge is sort of outweighed,” she adds. “The accomplishment and the trust that people put in you to do that role and then there’s also the vibrancy of being able to come on set and set the mood and the tone and the trust being put into it is something that’s been such an honor. And I love my experience in [Batwoman]. I’m so grateful that we got to achieve everything that we did and I’m proud of everyone that worked on it. I’m proud of myself for working under sort of interesting circumstances, you know, with the recovery and all. I would definitely do [TV] again. I just think that it was also time for me to take a break to fully heal and then return.”
But all of this, I can hear, feel, see, and smell the bullshit wrapped up in pretty tissue paper to make it seem like everything is A-Ok on Batwoman when it isn’t. The set has proven itself to be dangerous. Rose leaving was proof of that and the fact that The CW didn’t fight for her to stay makes me hesitant to trust the show when Javicia Leslie comes on to portray Ryan Wilder.
This is why we’re mad at The CW. Or at least I am. They must do better by their casts and hopefully something like what happened to Ruby Rose never happens to anyone else on set. Because if it does, well that’s a pattern and The CW can’t afford that. Not one bit.
Batwoman is set to return for season 2.