Not too long ago, Batwoman star Ruby Rose stepped away from the titular role. It came pretty much out of the blue. While the series had its issues with fans, there never seemed to be any indication that Rose herself was fazed by any of it. Furthermore, there weren’t really any behind the scenes stories to speak of that we could point to as the reason for her departure. It was just an unexpected mystery that the show’s writers would have to pivot to.
By all accounts, the separation between Rose and The CW seemed amicable, with both sides making vague statements. In the months since, the show had found their replacement Batwoman, along with a whole new direction for the series. But now that some time has passed, it looks like Rose is ready to open up about the reasons for leaving.
“Being the lead of a superhero show is tough. Being the lead in anything is tough,” Rose told EW. She went on to discuss her challenges following an on-set injury, which required back surgery. “But I think, in that particular instance, it was a lot more difficult because I was still recovering from my surgery. 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. 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.”
“The challenge is sort of outweighed,” Rose continued. “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.”
While that would be a solid enough reason to leave, it wasn’t just that. COVID-19 hit us all, and in that time, it sounds like Rose had a lot of time to think about her future, and whether or not this was the best path forward for her.
“You know, you have time in quarantine and sort of isolation to just think about a lot of different things and what you want to achieve in life and what you want to do. I think for both [me and the producers], it was a great opportunity to have a dialogue about a lot of things. I respect them so much and they’ve been so respectful to me,” Rose concluded.
So, what do you think? I’m at the point right now where I think no one should be forced to do anything they’re not passionate about. While Rose is clearly very proud on the impact she’s had on the industry and in the LGBTQ+ community, it’s clear that she wanted to clear up her schedule for something else. And she should be allowed that.
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