On Tuesday, August 7, the CW revealed that Ruby Rose had been cast as Batwoman in the network鈥檚 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.

鈥淕rowing up, watching TV, I never saw somebody on TV I could identify with, let alone a superhero,鈥 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 鈥渃hildhood dream.鈥 Speaking to Fallon, she marveled at how the role lined up with her own life mottos 鈥 鈥淏e yourself, because everyone else is taken,鈥 and 鈥淏e the person that you needed when you were younger.鈥 With Batgirl, she said, she 鈥渇elt like one motto led me to the other and I just kept crying about it.鈥

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

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