Everyone was taken by surprise when it was announced Ruby Rose would be leaving Batwoman after only one season. At the time she issued only a brief statement, but now she is finally opening up a bit more about what happened.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rose opened up a bit more about what happened that led to her departure. “Being the lead of a superhero show is tough. Being the lead in anything is tough. But I think, in that particular instance, it was a lot more difficult because I was still recovering from my surgery.” She went on to add, “I had my surgery and then 10 days later I went to work, which maybe wasn’t the best idea. Most people take about a month or three off before they return to work, so it was definitely made more difficult by that. But as far as being a lead of a show or a film — regardless if it’s action or if it’s emotional — in whichever ways it’s taxing.”
“The challenge is sort of outweighed,” Rose added. “The accomplishment and the trust that people put in you to do that role and then there’s also the vibrancy of being able to come on set and set the mood and the tone and the trust being put into it is something that’s been such an honor. And I love my experience in [Batwoman]. I’m so grateful that we got to achieve everything that we did and I’m proud of everyone that worked on it. I’m proud of myself for working under sort of interesting circumstances, you know, with the recovery and all. I would definitely do [TV] again. I just think that it was also time for me to take a break to fully heal and then return.”
And, of course, the coronavirus pandemic didn’t help things either. “It wasn’t so much [the injury], especially because after we wrapped up we didn’t get to finish the real finale because of COVID,” she says. “You know, you have time in quarantine and sort of isolation to just think about a lot of different things and what you want to achieve in life and what you want to do. I think for both [me and the producers], it was a great opportunity to have a dialogue about a lot of things. I respect them so much and they’ve been so respectful to me.”
As to the news that Javicia Leslie will step in as an all-new Batwoman, Rose is all for it. “I think she definitely knows what she’s doing and she seems fantastic,” said Rose. “I think that honestly, I was so proud and so happy when I was told who would be replacing me. I’m just really stoked and I’m definitely going to watch the next season as well and see how it all comes together.”
Batwoman is expected to return to The CW in 2021.
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly