You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

How Vin Diesel Inspired Ruby Rose’s Leadership on the ‘Batwoman’ Set

There is a tall order in front of Ruby Rose, who is playing the titular character on the CW’s latest DC drama, “Batwoman.” After recently being injured while doing her own stunts, she underwent emergency surgery and is not letting a new scar stop her from playing the rare lead superhero character who also happens to be gay, as well as also leading a set for the first time. But, Rose says, she gave more detailed thought to how she wanted to lead the set than any pressure to represent the character a certain way.

“Every single time someone arrived to Vancouver, because everyone trickled in at different times, I took them out for dinner; we discussed the script; we discussed our lives, who we are, introduced ourselves,” Rose tells Variety. “I spent a lot of time when we weren’t shooting just getting to know these people and setting up a friendship and a sacred space where we know that we can trust one another so that when we’re working, we can go as far as we want, and we can play and feel like we’re in a safe space and not like we’re being judged.”

Rose shares that this is the kind of leadership she learned on previous sets that she has worked on, specificially, “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” Vin Diesel, who starred in that film, was “the biggest eye-opener” to Rose. She shares he took everyone out for their birthdays and “cares so much.” Despite how busy he was juggling projects, she saw that he was “really invested in this” and was inspired.

“He’ll invite you over if there’s a scene you’re not sure about so you can run lines and have input,” she says, adding that she learned the importance of “finding the time to make this feel really special and make us feel really welcome” through Diesel.

When it comes to the responsibility of representation of embodying an out and proud lesbian superhero at the center of her own show, though, Rose says she doesn’t “think it would serve any positive purpose” to worry about what people might think while she is in the production process.

“I don’t think of the show as a show. I’m Kate Kane and Batwoman, and when we go to work, we’re in Gotham and these are the people that are in my life, and we are telling a story; we’re storytellers,” she explains.

“I’ve just been gay forever, so it doesn’t feel like I’m doing anything gayer or more gay. … I think that everything I do in my life has a similar message — whether it’s ‘Orange is the New Black,’ whether it’s the short film I did or ‘Resident Evil’ or ‘John Wick,’ whether I’m playing straight or gay, me as a human being, I live gay. … And I just hope that everything I do in life just shows there’s room for people like myself to get jobs in acting, in entertainment, in all of the places I’ve found myself working, and to have fun and be accepted and be appreciated.”

To Rose, all of those things are “more important than just one character that’s gay and a superhero. But, having said that, being a gay superhero is awesome.

“I’m so excited to be doing it. I wish there was a show like this when I was growing up. I wish I had more representation on TV, film, media growing up, and I just didn’t. And now it’s fantastic that I can look around and see so many shows that I feel represented on,” she says.

“Batwoman” premieres Oct. 6 on the CW.

Joe Otterson contributed to this story.

More TV

  • TV Roundup: Pop TV Releases Teaser

    TV News Roundup: Pop TV Releases Teaser for 'Schitt's Creek's' Final Season

    In today’s TV news roundup, Pop TV releases a teaser for the final season of “Schitt’s Creek,” and Nickelodeon kicks off the holiday season with “Top Elf.” DATES Nickelodeon’s “Top Elf” series will premiere Nov. 29. “Top Elf” is a new competition series featuring guest judges Frankie Grande, Amirah Kassem, Peyton List, Alex Wassabi and [...]

  • Karen Cogan’s 'Fled' Tops The Brit

    Karen Cogan’s 'Fled' Tops The Brit List, a League Table of Unproduced British TV Scripts

    Karen Cogan’s “Fled” has come top of The Brit List, a league table of unproduced scripts from British writing talent, this year devoted to television projects. The list, similar to The Black List in the U.S., was compiled from recommendations by British production companies, talent agencies, financiers and broadcasters. Cogan, represented by Independent Talent Group, [...]

  • Viacom HQ LA

    ViacomCBS Sets HR and Inclusion Chiefs

    ViacomCBS has named corporate heads of HR and inclusion as the companies prepare for the merger that is set to close early next month. The soon-to-combine Viacom and CBS have tapped Nielsen alum Nancy Phillips to serve as exec VP and chief people officer. Viacom alum Marva Smalls will serve as global head of inclusion, [...]

  • Cedric the Entertainer

    Cedric the Entertainer to Produce Multi-Cam Comedy in Development at CBS

    “The Neighborhood” star Cedric the Entertainer is set to executive produce an untitled multi-camera project in the works at CBS, Variety has learned. The series follows two young women who, after repeatedly being turned down by investors, hatch an outrageous plan to raise capital for their new sports app. According to sources, the project had been [...]

  • HBO Max logo

    HBO Max Developing CIA Interns Comedy 'Classified' (EXCLUSIVE)

    There are plenty of tough places to be an intern, but the CIA must be near the top of the list. HBO Max is developing a comedy series which tackles just how hard that might be, Variety has learned exclusively. The forthcoming WarnerMedia streamer, which is set to launch May 2020, has set a script development [...]

  • Sony Pictures Studio Culver City

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Buys AT&T's Stake in Game Show Network

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has bought out AT&T’s minority interest in Game Show Network for about $500 million. The deal makes Sony the sole owner of GSN. AT&T had owned 42% of the company, which the telco giant inherited with its purchase of DirecTV in 2015. AT&T has been on a mission this year to pay [...]


    The First BravoCon Provides an Outlet for Obsession (Column)

    Were you one of the thousands flipping tables for not managing to snatch up tickets to the first ever BravoCon? Did you find yourself refreshing your Twitter and Instagram feeds incessantly for updates on who said what to whom and where over the weekend? Are you wondering if you should try harder to get in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content