Ruby Rose breaks free

Watch the film that ignited her career


BY: Claire Connors

“Are you a handsome boy or a beautiful girl?” That’s an actual question that Ruby Rose was asked by a stranger when she was just a youngin. At the time, she wanted to answer that she was a handsome boy. Although she came out as a lesbian when she was 12, throughout her teens she was planning to transition when she could afford it. Eventually she chose to be remain female saying, “I am very gender fluid and feel more like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral.”

In Break Free, this phenomenal short film Ruby Rose made in 2014, the Australian actress/DJ/activist expresses those powerful emotions and “breaks free” of the social norms and expectations, transforming from a beautiful girl to a handsome, tattooed boy.

How glorious that this honest film is what jumpstarted her career? Mere days after it came out, the video went viral and Ruby Rose‘s fanbase grew by millions. By 2015, she joined the cast of Orange is the New Black, and a gender fluid star was born.