Real reason Ruby Rose quit Batwoman
Ruby Rose sensationally announced yesterday she had quit a "dream" role as the lead character in TV series Batwoman.
The Australian actress scored the role of the DC Character for the Warner Bros produced series, which streams on Foxtel, but left the job after only one season.
Now reports are emerging she didn't appreciate the long hours that came with being the lead character, with Batwoman her first real shot at playing the titular star in a TV or film.
An insider told TVLine that despite her making out like it was her decision to leave the series, Rose's departure was a "break-up" between the 34-year-old actress and producers.
"It wasn't 100 per cent her decision," the source told the website.
"It was a break-up. She wasn't happy working on the show, and did that make her fun to work with? No.
"So everyone decided it would be in the best interests of the show, and for all concerned, if they parted ways.
"It just wasn't a good fit."
The source added Rose, who has previously starred in Orange Is The New Black, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Pitch Perfect 3, felt pressure due to the long hours and didn't enjoy living in Vancouver, where the show is based.
Rose announced in a press statement yesterday she would not reprise her role for the second season.
"I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season," Rose said in a statement.
"This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.
"Thank you to everyone who made season one a success - I am truly grateful," she said.
There was severe backlash when Rose's casting was announced two years ago, which forced the actress to turn her comments off on Instagram for a period of time.
The hashtag #RecastBatwoman began trending on Twitter shortly after the announcement, with the campaign based on the idea that her sexuality was not technically "gay" because she self-identifies as gender fluid.
"Where on Earth did 'Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can't be Batwoman' come from - has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I've ever read," she posted on Instagram at the time.
"I came out at 12? And have for the past five years had to deal with 'she's too gay' - how do y'all flip it like that?"
She finished saying the controversy had been a "rollercoaster" she needed a break from social media, adding: "If you need me, I'll be on my Bat Phone."
Last September, Rose revealed she had undergone emergency surgery after herniating two discs performing stunts on the series, leaving her in "chronic pain". She said she almost severed her spinal cord.
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To everyone asking about my new Pez dispenser scar on my neck... A couple of months ago I was told I needed an emergency surgery or I was risking becoming paralyzed... I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal chord. I was in chronic pain and yet couldn’t feel my arms... 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. 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.
Warner Bros has vowed to recast a LGBTQ actress for the second season.
"(We) thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best," a statement said.
"The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman's second season and long-term future, and we, along with the show's talented creative team, look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months."
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