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OITNB star Ruby Rose on why she decided not to transition

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Ever since being cast as Stella in the third season of Orange is the New Black, Ruby Rose has been a massive star.

Her casting also saw a short film she made about her gender fluidity go viral, and Break Free has now been watched almost nine million times.

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She told Access Hollywood the film was in part a response to her career in the US initially stalling and how she struggled with gender norms throughout her life.

Recalling an incident from her childhood in Australia, she said:

I was in a restaurant and the waiter came up and he was talking to my dad and he was like 'we're trying to work out is she a beautiful girl or a handsome boy?'. And my dad went to be like 'she's a beautiful...' and I was like... 'I don't know!'. You know I remember thinking about it and being like I'm a handsome boy and for the most part of my life I wanted to be a boy.

In the interview Rose reveals how she saved for gender reassignment surgery since the age of five, before deciding aged 15 that she didn't want or need to transition; she just wanted to be "comfortable in her own skin":

It wasn't until much later in life that I realised I could kind of do both and be androgynous and not have to necessarily be womanly.

Watch the clip below; you can watch Break Free here.


More: It's worth watching this powerful Ruby Rose film about gender identity

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