Orange Is The New Black actress Ruby Rose has revealed she has struggled with her identity since she was 5-years-old and began saving for gender transition surgery as an infant.
The 29-year-old, who stars as Stella Carlin on the Netflix show, has previously described herself as “gender fluid”.
And she has now revealed that she starting collecting coins from the young age for a possible sex change procedure, despite not really knowing what it entailed.
Speaking to Access Hollywood about whether she had ever considered transitioning, Rose said:
Definitely when I was younger. I had this jar that I would collect dollars, in fact it was probably cents, so I had like 19 cents to go towards this surgery that I didn’t really know a lot about. I think I’d seen a daytime documentary, probably on Oprah or something.Advertisement
I started saving probably from the age of like five and when I got to 15, that’s when I got more into my body and I shaved my head and my mum was just like, ‘I don’t know what’s going on right now, but if you are happy then do it’.
However, the Australian actress – who came out as a lesbian at 12 years old and is now engaged to designer Phoebe Dahl – eventually realised she didn’t actually want to change genders but simply wanted to be more comfortable with herself.
I started to change the way that I dressed and talked and I realised that I didn’t want to transition and I just wanted to be more comfortable in my own skin.