Batwoman actress Ruby Rose was almost left paralysed by a stunt
Actress Ruby Rose's time leading up and filming the pilot episode for CW’s new show Batwoman resulted in serious medical complications. Recently revealing the deets of the incidents on social media, Ruby opened up about the terrifying incidents in an interview with talk show host Jimmy Fallon.
“I broke my neck, basically, on the show,” Rose said.
“I did a stunt for a very extended amount of time — for like seven hours — and we thought I broke a rib or just fractured a rib and that was 6-12 weeks of healing,” she continued. “So, then, I had 6-12 weeks of chronic pain and just kept assuming that was what it was until I kept seeing the doctors and they’re like, ‘It’s your neck, it’s your neck. It just radiates into these places because of nerve endings.'”
Rose also couldn’t feel her arms for “a long time”; she would pick things up and then drop them. But, as she said, “You just get used to weird things like that.”
It wasn’t until shooting a film in Romania that she finally had an MRI that revealed two herniated discs broke the protective layers of her spine and threatened to make her paraplegic. “Even just sleeping wrong or, you know, moving my head in a strange direction” could cause it, Rose added.
“It was really terrifying,” she said. “I was like, ‘At least I don’t have an option.’ You know what I mean? I have to do it.”
Rose took this as a sign to listen to her body and slow down. Of course, she was back to work 10 days after the surgery. “Because, like I said, my priorities were straight,” she quipped.
The latest addition to the Arrowverse, Batwoman stars Rose as Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne’s cousin who picks up the mantle of Caped Crusader.
Rose also revealed that after several days of filming in-costume as the eponymous superhero, she learned she was allergic to the adhesive tape used to keep the cowl to her face. As a result, Rose would break out into hives in affected areas after long days of filming.