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OITNB star Ruby Rose: I began saving for gender reassignment surgery when I was five years old

Published 14/07/2015 | 10:58

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: Actress Ruby Rose attends The Max Mara 2015 Women In Film Face Of The Future event at Chateau Marmont on June 15, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Max Mara)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 15: Actress Ruby Rose attends The Max Mara 2015 Women In Film Face Of The Future event at Chateau Marmont on June 15, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Max Mara)

Emerging actress Ruby Rose has revealed that she struggled with her gender and sexuality as a young child.

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The actress is one of the most successful breakout stars of the year thanks to her role on Netflix comedy Orange Is The New Black.

Model Ruby Rose attends The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's 2014 An Evening With Women (AEWW) at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.
Model Ruby Rose attends The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's 2014 An Evening With Women (AEWW) at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

However, she wasn’t always comfortable in her own skin.

In a candid interview, the 29-year-old star told Access Hollywood that she considered gender reassignment surgery.

Ruby Rose
Ruby Rose

“I think I’d seen a daytime documentary, probably something on Oprah. I started saving from the age of like five,” she revealed.

“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.”

Confused about her sexuality and gender identity, Rose came out at the age of 12.

“When I got to 15, that’s when I got more into my body and I shaved my head. 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.”

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Actress Ruby Rose (L) and designer Phoebe Patricia Rose Faircloth attend the
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Actress Ruby Rose (L) and designer Phoebe Patricia Rose Faircloth attend the "Orange is the New Black" season 3 premiere party benefiting the Women's Prison Association at The Ainsworth on June 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)

The Australian is now engaged to fashion designer Phoebe Patricia Rose Faircloth, the granddaughter of celebrated author Roald Dahl. She is also a passionate campaigner for LGBT rights.

Rose has also commended Caitlyn Jenner’s brave decision to share her experience of transitioning with the world.

“I feel blessed to be alive and even part of this huge movement,” the stunning star said.

"I'm like, 'Caitlyn, call me! I mean, I'm busy, but I want to hang out. You're awesome!'”

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