Ruby Rose re­veals her sur­pris­ing ini­ti­a­tion for Or­ange is the New Black

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE - HOLLY BYRNES re­ports

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.”


Jail­time: Ruby Rose as Stella Car­lin; left, karaoke crew Danielle Brooks, Tay­lor Schilling and Uzo Aduba.

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