You may know Ruby Rose as the outspoken tattooed antagonist inmate Stella Carlin on Season 3 of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black or maybe you’ve seen her act as a badass assassin in the blockbuster action movie xXx: Return of Xander Cage or as a villain in the John Wick series.
Now, the 32-year-old actress, model, DJ hybrid is starring in another action flick, The Meg, out August 10, in which she battles a 75-foot prehistoric shark terrorizing the ocean off the coast of China. To promote her new role, Rose candidly answered “The Big Questions” for Glamour’s September issue below.
What’s your full name, and where does it come from?
Ruby Rose Langenheim. My mom wanted to call me Katinka…but at the last minute called me Ruby. I don’t think Katinka would’ve been the right name for me.
What’s your idea of true happiness?
Peace. If you can’t get peace, then dogs. Dogs help.
On the other hand, what is your idea of hell on Earth?
Being a chicken in a cage like a farm chicken. I’m vegan so I feel like I’ve watched too many documentaries and rewatching Dirty Money and Rotten have really just put in my mind again how bad it is.
If you could be anyone, real or fictional, who would you be?
A Ninja Turtle. Leonardo, for sure. Donatello was a bit boring, Michelangelo didn’t do anything except order the pizza, and Raphael was too serious. Leonardo always just saved the day. And then you have an inbuilt squad and a group of friends. You get to eat pizza, you get to wear a cool outfit, and save the world. I feel like that would be so much fun. And live in a sewer and not have to deal with people.
What’s a headline about yourself you’d love to read?
“Ruby Rose Reincarnates As Ninja Turtle!”
If the apocalypse comes, what skill could you contribute to the new society?
With all of the films I’ve done with sharks and zombies, I could teach people how to avoid dying.
What is something you wish you’d written it could be a book or a song, a movie, a poem?
It would be pretty cool to be the person who wrote The Godfather.
What’s your most irrational fear?
I do not like saying them out loud because I feel like you manifest things that you say a lot. So if you have a fear of something and then you say it, you publish it, then it’s legitimately a solidified fear. Whereas if I just ignore it and not talk about it and tell myself I don’t have any fears then I become fearless.
You have to give up sex, booze, or laughter. Which do you pick?
Booze. Life without booze is more energy, less hangovers, and sounds kind of like a good thing.
What advice would you give to 18-year-old Ruby Rose?
“Be nicer to yourself, and don’t take everything so personally.”
What advice would your 18-year-old self give to you now?
“You have nothing to complain about because your life is amazing. You’d betterbe appreciative.”
This story appeared in Glamour’s September 2018 issue.