According to Rose’s graphic Instagram video post, the two discs were close to severing her spinal cord, requiring emergency surgery at the risk of becoming paralyzed.
The post itself documents Rose’s surgery journey, including the initial incision that resulted in a “Pez dispenser scar” on her neck as well as the ensuing surgery in all its entirety.
“Thank you Dr Bray for everything you did and for allowing me to keep working and doing what I love. I am forever in your debt,” Rose wrote of the surgery. “And to anyone asking why I let them video it.. Did you not watch that ‘Greys Anatomy’ episode where they left a towel in a patient?? Also I wanted to see what happens when we go under.”
In an interview with Buzzfeed Rose explained that she wanted to reveal the scale of her injuries and recovery process because, “Hollywood, and the world at large, we always try to make out like everything kind of is effortless, and everything is about being perfect and being a certain way.”
“There’s a lot of people out there that have to get much worse surgeries than this, and I would rather talk about it then pretend that it didn’t happen,” Rose said. “Also people kept asking me ‘How hard, are you training for ‘Batwoman,’ how often do you train?’ And I had to sit there for a couple weeks and be like, ‘I’m training really hard, super hard, so hard I’m training.’ When I couldn’t move, I wasn’t allowed to move for 10 days, and I wasn’t allowed to train. We re-did the schedule so that I could do the stunts that I wanted to do later in time when I had recovered better. But I also felt really weird lying about it. People could see this, and they’re like, ‘Have you had any crazy things happen on set, any accidents?’ And I’m like, ‘Not that I can think of, none ring a bell, I think I got a black eye one day?’ It was like, ugh they’re on to me! I’m not good at lying. I’m better at telling the truth.”
Rose plays plays the titular lesbian superhero in “Batwoman,” which is set to premiere Oct. 6 on The CW.
However, that won’t be the first time she assumes the superhero mantel. The “Batwoman” actress already made her debut as Batwoman/Kate Kane in a DC Crossover episode that linked three storylines from CW’s “Supergirl,” “Flash” and “Arrow” and served as a trial run for the character.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story originated Rose’s injuries on the “Batwoman” set.