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  • This Sept. 30, 2019 photo shows actress Ruby Rose posing for a portrait in New York to promote her CW series "Batwoman," premiering on Oct. 6. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP)

Saturday, October 05, 2019 1:00 am

Rose opts to be real on injuries

ALICIA RANCILIO | Associated Press

NEW YORK – Ruby Rose says she went public about sustaining serious injuries while performing stunts on her new CW series “Batwoman” because she hated that by keeping it quiet, she was lying.

The actress recently posted a video of herself undergoing surgery to her Instagram account with a caption explaining she suffered two herniated discs while performing stunt work. Her spinal cord was in jeopardy of being severed, and she was in so much pain that she says she couldn't feel her arms.

Rose said she realized it was better to be authentic about what happened, especially since she's a public figure.

“Something that we do as a society and especially Hollywood, and that is we kind of promote this ideal life,” she said, “Everything is effortless and it's not, you know what I mean? I feel like it's more important to spread the message that, actually, we're all just human beings and we're all just doing our best and not kind of make out that it is something that is so unattainable and so unrealistic.”

Rose, who has experience with stunt work in films including “John Wick: Chapter 2” and “The Meg” now feels better and is back to doing stunts, but says the incident was a good reminder that she needed to slow down.

The 33-year-old's casting in “Batwoman” first made headlines because it's the first openly gay superhero to headline a TV series. It premieres Sunday.

Fans hoping for some romance will have to be patient. Rose, who is openly gay herself, says her character, Kate Kane, is not looking for a relationship right now.

“I don't think that's her priority right at this minute. She has just come into herself. She's just returned to Gotham. She has so much trauma going on. She's lost her mom, she's lost her sister, she's trying to discover what she wants to do in her life,” Rose said.

“She was kicked out of the military so it's like she's starting from square one, and then when she discovers a purpose and that purpose is to become Batwoman.”