Meet Orange Is the New Black’s Gorgeous New Inmate: Ruby Rose

Jessica Baker
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Going into season three of Orange Is the New Black—available for binge watching on Netflix now—we knew little about the new inmate shaking things up at Litchfield. Come to find out, Stella Carlin is not all that different from the striking real-life beauty who plays her. Google Ruby Rose, and you’ll find that like Carlin, Rose hails from Australia, sports an androgynous look, and is completely comfortable and confident in her own tattoo-covered skin, as evidenced by her powerful short film, Break Free. Two months after the film went viral on YouTube, Rose got a call to audition for Orange, a life-changing event she believes is no coincidence. “I feel like those two things were very in sync with each other,” she told Byrdie. “I think Orange thought I could be a good fit for Stella because there are a lot of similarities.” While she’s a newcomer to the acting game, we can assure you Rose’s time in the spotlight is no flash in a pan. With a hand in acting, modeling, designing, and DJ’ing, the hyphenate isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

We caught up with Rose on the set of her June Byrdie editorial to talk about joining the Orange family, the meaning of beauty, and bringing the topic of gender identity to the surface. Keep reading for our exclusive interview.

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