Orange Is the New Black's Ruby Rose on Her New-Found Fame: 'I'll Be a Has-Been Next Week'
Ruby Rose’s popularity has taken off like a rocket ship, but she’s prepared for the moment when she’s no longer the “It girl.” Heck, she thinks it may come next week.
“I’ve had the lulls and ebbs and flows. I’ve been a has-been and an ‘It girl’ and has-been and an ‘It girl.’ I’ll be a has-been next week,” she said of her enormous popularity since becoming a breakout star on Orange Is the New Black. “You just learn to ride the wave and just enjoy it. It’s not so serious, you know.”
The job, though, has fans going berserk for the actress. They’re following her (which is scary), they’re getting emotional and they’re even getting in car accidents.
A few months ago, a fan saw her on the freeway in Los Angeles and began waving at her.
“I was like, ‘No, no, you have to look at the road,’ and they put their brakes on, but they did it too late and it was just enough to bump the car in front of them,” the Australian-born actress said. “No one was injured, thank God.”
The fandom and the success isn’t going to her head, though. She remains as grounded as ever, possibly because her fame came as an adult.
“This has been unparalleled to anything I’ve ever experienced, and I’m really lucky because I had a lot of success in Australia at a young age, and I think it was good to have that level in Australia and not have that in America,” the 29-year-old star said. “I don’t envy anyone who gets worldwide fame at 15 or 18, You’re not built with those kinds of skills to deal with the pressure and what it means to have your life change that dramatically.”
Asked if she could give her younger self some advice, she said she would tell a young Rose, to “not to let my happiness be so dependent on people around me.”
“I was always searching for affirmation that I was okay and that I was good enough, that I could do something and that’s probably why it took so long for me to move to the States,” she explained. “There were always people around me that made me feel less and I kept them around. I think I would tell my younger self to believe in herself a bit more and take more risks.”
Rose doesn’t regret the path she took, though, because it lets her do two things she loves: acting and deejaying. On Wednesday night, she got to do the latter at Las Vegas’s popular Surrender nightclub.
“It’s hard to be a credible actor and be considered a deejay, and it’s very hard to be a deejay and be considered a credible actor as a deejay. I want to promote my deejaying because I love doing it,” she said, adding that she’s been one the ones and twos for 15 years. “It’s always this balance of trying to let people know that you can actually do two things at once.”