On Tuesday, August 7, the CW revealed that Ruby Rose had been cast as Batwoman in the network’s upcoming show about the DC Comics character. Speaking about the role and what it means to her on Wednesday, Rose could hardly contain her emotions.

“Growing up, watching TV, I never saw somebody on TV I could identify with, let alone a superhero,” Rose told Jimmy Fallon as she fought back tears. The actress revealed that she had learned about her casting shortly before attending the red carpet premiere of her new film The Meg on Monday, and she spent the entire event trying not to cry.

When Rose announced the good news on Instagram, she called it a “childhood dream.” Speaking to Fallon, she marveled at how the role lined up with her own life mottos — “Be yourself, because everyone else is taken,” and “Be the person that you needed when you were younger.” With Batgirl, she said, she “felt like one motto led me to the other and I just kept crying about it.”

Rose’s Batwoman will first be introduced in the crossover between the CW’s four current DC shows, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. It’s an historic role for the Orange Is the New Black star, too, as Batwoman — alter ego for Kate Kane — is the first openly gay superhero to topline a TV series.

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(photo via Andrew Lipovsky/NBC)