It’s only been three weeks since the Season 3 premiere of ‘Orange is the New Black’ aired, but the Netflix series has already been making waves both online and offline. That includes the show’s latest character, Stella Carlin, played by current talk-of the-town Ruby Rose Langenheim (yes, that’s her real name). We’ll admit it: We were caught red (or rather, ruby) handed stalking her on her Instagram, and discovered that she is as gorgeous on the inside as she is outside. Not only is she a proud supporter of LGBT and anti-bullying campaigns, she encourages us to “be the person your dog thinks you are”, too.
Here are 10 facts you should know about this rising Australian star, before you see her on TV screens again (Season 4, maybe?).
1. She’s out and proud.
Ruby came out to her family and friends as gay at the age of 12. When asked what advice she’d give to those who struggle with coming out, she said, “I think its important to be true to yourself, but every situation is different and I find it hard to give advice because I myself was very lucky.”
2. Sorry, but she’s already taken!
And happily engaged to British fashion designer Phoebe Dahl, who is the granddaughter of author Roald Dahl and cousin of model Sophia Dahl.
3. She’s an animal lover.
She and Phoebe have a dog named Ru and a cat named Cricket. Ruby has also been a longtime supporter of PETA and various other animal rights organizations.
4. Not only does she stand for animal rights, she is an ambassador for anti-bullying and youth mental health campaigns as well.
One of them is Headspace, an Australian organisation for youth mental health.
5. She’s multi-talented.
Not only does she act, she models, DJs, and designs as well.
6. Ironically, her claim-to-fame wasn’t through acting.
Ruby first rose to fame when she entered herself into a modelling competition with Australian teen girls magazine, Girlfriend. She came in second, losing to Catherine McNeil, in which they dated before breaking up in 2010.
7. Though she didn’t win, she knows her head-to-toe as well!
She was a guest judge on Cycle 5 of Australia’s Next Top Model.
8. She loves her body ink.
To date, Ruby has about 30 tattoos.
9. You can now wear the clothes she designs.
She collaborated with Australian label Milk and Honey to design a capsule collection of jeans, T-shirts, and leather jackets called Milk and Honey Designed by Ruby Rose. Last year, she and fiancée Phoebe started ethically-producing clothes for Phoebe’s clothing line, Faircloth & Supply.
10. Almost her whole family is famous.
Her god-father is Lionel Rose, the first indigenous Australian to become a world champion boxer. Her great-grandfather, Alec Campbell, was also well known for being the last surviving Australian Battle of Gallipoli soldier.
- Ruby Rose