THE NEW GIRL
Ruby Rose reveals her surprising initiation for Orange is the New Black
MARTHA’S Vineyard, a playground for America’s oldest moneyed families, is as far from Litchfield Penitentiary as you can get.
At least, that’s what Australian actor Ruby Rose thought a year ago as she sat binge-watching Orange Is The New Black in the comfortable surrounds of the Cape Cod island with the “very proper” family of her fiancée Phoebe Dahl (author Roald’s granddaughter).
“Everyone kept saying … ‘God, Ruby, you’d be so good in this show,’ and I was like, ‘That would be amazing’.”
Even for a “scrappy” dreamer like Rose, it was the stuff of pure fantasy that within six months she would find herself auditioning for the hit drama, let alone winning the role of inmate Stella Carlin in season three.
Just having a shot at joining the series was reason to celebrate, Rose told TV Guide, revealing she had whooped it up with her friends in LA. “A couple of my close friends brought cake and flowers and balloons and we were just celebrating that I got to do this audition and how much that meant to me because I’d been in America for a while and just then, things were starting to really pick up.”
When she won the role, her response was necessarily different, sworn to secrecy and whisked away to the show’s New York set to begin filming.
She turned to “my new girlfriends, the cast of the show” who were in on her big break. Again, Rose’s first day wasn’t anything like she thought it would be. Picked up in a van not unlike the one featured in the opening scenes of season one – when Piper (Taylor Schilling) tries to make conversation with another prisoner Janae (Vicky Jeudy) – the former MTV Australia presenter gulped as she found herself seated by Jeudy.
“I had all these flashbacks and I was thinking, ‘Please don’t be a method actor’ and then she turned around and was like, ‘Heyyyy, you must be the new girl, this is so exciting and we’re all so excited to meet you. We’ve been Googling you and we can’t wait to work with you’. It was the opposite of intimidating,” Rose says.
“What was great was that everyone was like, ‘What are you doing later? Do you want to run through lines? Do you want to go out for dinner? Do you want to go do karaoke?’”
If there’s one piece of advice Rose would give any actor joining the show it would be: “Nobody in the world should ever do karaoke with the cast of Orange Is The New Black because they are all so incredibly skilled … I had my name down for about five songs and then I was like, ‘You know what? I’m just going to watch the concert you guys are putting on’.”
Top-scoring singers included Danielle Brooks (who plays Taystee) and Laverne Cox (Sophia) but it was Crazy Eyes, aka actor Uzo Aduba, who proved crazy good behind the microphone.
“She can do everything at some kind of criminally talented level.”
When she finally got around to the acting part, Rose found herself at the centre of a saucy love triangle, a plot twist which came with a caveat from her real-life partner. “She was like, ‘Whatever you’re doing, I’m proud of you and I support you … just don’t fall in love with anybody.”
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Jailtime: Ruby Rose as Stella Carlin; left, karaoke crew Danielle Brooks, Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba.