Ruby Rose is used to women telling her, "You turned me gay," but that doesn't mean she likes it. "When people say to me that I turned them gay, I just laugh, because that's not really even a possibility," she told Galore in an interview published Monday. "It sounds like I did something against their will in the middle of the night, as if I crept into their brain and pushed the gay button, then did an evil laugh and left them to fend for themselves — newly gay and alone in the world."
The Australian model and actress opened up about her heartthrob status and her role on Orange is the New Black — and about how "turning" people gay or straight just isn't really a thing. She continued, "I break it down like this: Did I find Channing Tatum in Magic Mike to be extremely hot? Yes! Could I now turn straight for him without having previously ever had a desire to be with a man? The answer is, nope."
"People will say to J. Law, 'I want to be your best friend,' or to T. Swift, 'I want to be in your squad.' Everyone has got their little thing, and the catch phrase I got after Orange was, 'She turned me gay,'" Rose said. But, while women were happy to "slide right into" her DMs, Rose said that when she actually invited them to hang IRL, the response was different.
"But then, if I actually reached out to them to get a coffee as a friend to hang, they wouldn't ever make plans. I could literally feel them sort of wondering if 'coffee' meant something different in the lesbian world."
Rose has long been open about both her sexuality and her gender identity, telling Elle in 2015 that she is gender-fluid, and that "For the most part, I definitely don't identify as any gender. I'm not a guy; I don't really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one. So, I'm somewhere in the middle, which — in my perfect imagination — is like having the best of both sexes."
No matter how often fans tell Rose that she's flipped their lesbian brain-switch and turned them gay, Rose sees sexuality as a spectrum as well. "I'm one of those people who feels that everybody is somewhere on the spectrum. I don't think it needs to be labeled — love is about the person," she told Galore.