Stella Carlin is Litchfield’s hottest new inmate on ‘OITNB’, but in real life, she’s played by Australian actress Ruby Rose — and like her edgy character, she’s one fascinating lady. Here are five things to know about the gorgeous newcomer!
Ruby Rose, 29, is making waves for her sassy starring role as Stella Carlin on season three of Orange is the New Black. So who exactly is the newbie Aussie actress? Well, other than playing Piper (Taylor Schilling)’s hot new love interest on the Netflix dramedy, Ruby has a cool story of her own. In honor of her career heating up, here are five things you must know!
1. She came out as gay when she was 12 years old.
Ruby told her mom she was a lesbian when she was 12 years old, and admitted that her mom thought it was a joke at the time. Her first crush? Mariah Carey! “I was pretty certain we were going to end up together, she told Vanity Fair. Ruby was also chosen as one of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians in 2008 and 2009 by Same Same, an Australian online gay and lesbian community.
2. She’s engaged to author Roald Dahl’s granddaughter, Phoebe Dahl.
Ruby’s British fashion designer fiancee, Phoebe Dahl, who is also the granddaughter of famed children’s book author Roald Dahl, popped the question to Ruby in March 2014. Phoebe shared a picture of her engagement ring on Instagram five months after becoming engaged, calling herself the “luckiest girl alive.”
3. She has more than 60 tattoos on her body.
Go, girl! Ruby has tons of tattoos, ranging from “Just Love” written across her knuckles, to cartoon characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja and Astro Boy. The most personal tattoo? She has Phoebe’s name tattooed on her back inside a red heart. So cute.
4. She rose to fame by joining the ‘Girlfriend’ model search in 2002.
Prior to her acting career, Ruby was known as a model. She rose to fame when she came in second place in the model search for Australian teen girls’ magazine, Girlfriend. Ruby became engaged to first place winner, Catherine McNeil, in 2010 but called it off shortly after.
5. She wrote, produced and starred in a short called Break Free, which helped get her recognized by casting agents.
Ruby’s five-minute film on gender identity went viral on social media during July 2014, and has three million views. Her success with the video actually helped get her noticed by casting agents to become an actress. “Whether straight, gay, bi, trans … body image and identity can be a struggle for us all,” she told News Corp Australia. She’s such an inspiration!
HollywoodLifers, tell us — Do you love Ruby on OITNB? Are you dying to see her in other roles? Tell us your thoughts below!
— Julianne Ishler