The CW is poised to make TV history when it introduces Batwoman into its DC show fold, marking the first time an LGBT hero has fronted a live-action superhero series. And the significance of that moment has not been lost on the actress who will be playing the iconic heroine.
In a sit-down with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" on Wednesday, Ruby Rose -- whose casting was announced earlier this week -- reflected on what the part meant to her personally, as well as how it will hopefully help her inspire other young people.
"It’s a game-changer," the actress said of landing the high-profile part. " ... I kept spontaneously crying and I feel like I’m probably going to do it now."
Rose did indeed tear up a bit while discussing the representation that Batwoman will bring to the small screen. The character is based on a revived version of the comics starring Kate Kane, described as "an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter" who's taking on the villains of Gotham.
"I feel like the reason I kept getting so emotional is because growing up watching TV, I never saw somebody on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero," the actress, who also self-identifies as LGBT, explained to Fallon.
She went on to say that one of her mottoes throughout her career has been, "Be the person you needed when you were younger." Now, she has the opportunity to do just that.
" ... Not only can kids watch this growing up and relate to it and feel empowered and think that they can be a superhero, but also I can go and do these things like visiting hospitals and kids and people in need," Rose said. "It’s an amazing opportunity.”
Rose -- who's currently starring on the big screen in "The Meg" -- will make her debut as the character during The CW's Arrowverse crossover this fall. If all goes according to plan, she'll be suiting up for her own "Batwoman" series on the network sometime next year.
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