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Vegan
actor Ruby Rose has been cast as Batwoman in an upcoming release from television network CW – a roll which will make her television’s first openly gay female superhero.

‘Thrilled’

The star – who rose to fame in her gender-bending role in hit Netflix show Orange Is The
New Black
– is a known advocate for not only animals, but social justice and LGBTQ+
rights.

Rose took to Instagram to say that the casting fulfils a ‘childhood dream’, and told
talk show host Jimmy Fallon
that she’s ‘thrilled’ to have been chosen for the roll.

She added: “I
feel like the reason I got so emotional is that growing up, watching TV, I
never saw someone on TV that I could identify with, let alone a superhero, you
know?”

Bat fan

Rose also
shared with Fallon that she had grown up with bats that her mother had found as
babies and nursed ‘back to life’.

This
reportedly resulted in a long-term fascination with the animals for the actor.