Things you didn't know about Ruby Rose

She won over millions playing inmate Stella Carlin on the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black, but how well do you really know Ruby Rose? From a shocking upbringing to a promising future on the big screen, here's the lowdown on one of Hollywood's most talked-about actresses.

She was once engaged to a famous author's granddaughter

For almost two years, Rose was engaged to designer Phoebe Dahl, the granddaughter of children's author Roald Dahl. Their engagement ended amicably in December 2015 due, in large part, to their hectic travel schedules, according to People. "[Dahl] remains very dear to my heart," Rose tweeted in the wake of their split. "I will forever treasure our time together. I'm a better person because of all we shared." In turn, Dahl tweeted, "[Rose], you have brought me to my best and I will always love you. I can't wait to see what the future brings for us."

She was an MTV VJ

Rose made a name for herself on the small screen in 2007 when she became a VJ for MTV's Australian channel. To land the gig, Rose competed against 2,000 applicants and completed a series of wacky challenges orchestrated by Jackass star Bam Margera. "My favourite was drinking 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes, and then vomiting on national television," she told The Australian. "So that really made Mum proud. And having to kiss strangers, like complete randoms down a busy Sydney street—another thing that my grandma will be impressed with when she watches it."

She has a lot of tattoos

Rose has garnered a lot of attention for her ink. Just how many tattoos does she have? "If I was to count them individually each time I got them, maybe 60," she told Conan O'Brien in 2015. "But when they get close enough together, they start to become one, you know, like a sleeve that was really, like, 17 different tattoos." Rose said she tries to use that reasoning to her advantage when trying to land gigs. "Now I can just say to the big studio heads, 'It's just three tattoo guys…You can cover that up. It's so easy!'"

She had a rough upbringing

In an interview with Porter, Rose said she was born into a house plagued by substance and domestic abuse. "I was a surprise and [my parents] probably weren't ready for a baby," she told the magazine in 2015. "My mother left my dad after about a year; we had no money and my dad was not really a good person. She got out of there for my safety."

Rose said her mother stole and pawned a television to pay for plane tickets to get to her sister's house in Queensland, Australia. "[When we] rocked up to the front door, we were malnourished, my mum had two black eyes, and I was like one of those kids in scary movies who are dirty and bite people," she said. "It was just us against the world for a long time." She continued, "[My mother] is the first one to say that she wasn't perfect, but everything she did was to the best of her ability, in the hope that she would raise the best daughter she could."

She was bullied in school

In her interview with Porter magazine, Rose said she was bullied by her classmates from the age of 12 to 17. In one instance, she said five girls and one boy smashed metal chairs over her head as 60 other students cheered them on. The incident landed her in the hospital. Years later, some classmates reached out to Rose asking for forgiveness. "I wrote back and forgave them," she said. "They didn't like the fact I was different. I don't think they had hatred for me, per se; I think it was more that I stuck out like a sore thumb."

She considered transitioning

Speaking to the Daily Mail in 2014, Rose revealed that growing up she had aspirations of transitioning into a boy. She even began saving money for surgery. "I started a fund—it's $20,000 to have the surgery—and because we were so poor growing up every time I would find five cents or some spare money I would put it in this fund to have a sex change," she said. "It was in my mind as something I wanted to do and then I just…didn't. I guess I grew out of it." Rose recalled, "I used to wake up wishing I was a boy. I even used to sleep on my front because I didn't want to get boobs ever, which I think worked actually."

She later admitted to The EDIT that she was "glad" she didn't go through with the surgery. "I'm a woman… I want to have babies one day, so I'm glad I didn't make changes earlier in my life," she said in January 2017.

She's 'gender fluid'

Rose, who turned 31 in 2017, describes herself as "genderfluid." She explained the concept to Elle magazine in 2015. "Gender fluidity is not really feeling like you're at one end of the spectrum or the other. For the most part, I definitely don't identify as any gender. I'm not a guy; I don't really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one. So, I'm somewhere in the middle, which—in my perfect imagination—is like having the best of both sexes. I have a lot of characteristics that would normally be present in a guy and then less that would be present in a woman. But then sometimes I'll put on a skirt—like today."

In 2014, Rose produced a short film called Break Free that explores gender roles and deviating from the status quo.

She struggled with depression

In 2016, Rose opened up on Instagram (via the Daily Mail) about her long battle with depression. In the post, she reflected on a tweet she wrote three years prior as she was being hospitalized to treat her illness. "I had hit a rock bottom," she recalled of her darkest days. "I couldn't find happiness anywhere except my dogs face and even that wasn't enough." Rose said, "I thought I had failed at being a human being…I didn't know what to do so I left for America to work with trauma therapists and I spent pretty much all the money I had made in my life on an overpriced rehab and a lot of therapy (there are definitely other ways to do it)." Rose hoped her public reflection would inspire others to seek help. "…how many others are days, hours, seconds away from realizing their worth.. Their potential.. And once the dark cloud is lifted will be truly happy and free.

On Twitter, she added, "Sending love and light to everyone who feels down right now, in a funk.. Alone.. Not worthy.. We ALL deserve to be here. You are worthy."

She's becoming a major movie star

Now that she's conquered the world of streaming television, Rose has set her sights on the big screen. In the last few years alone, she's appeared in three high-profile action movies: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016), opposite Milla Jovovich; xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (2017), starring Vin Diesel; and John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) opposite Keanu Reeves.

If that wasn't enough, she'll also appear in the much-anticipated "threequel," Pitch Perfect 3, in December 2017, and the Jason Statham-led action thriller Meg in 2018.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

She's back with her ex

In November 2016, Rose reportedly reunited with ex-girlfriend Jess Origliasso, better known as one-half of the band The Veronicas. According to Origliasso, the two fell back in love while filming the video for her song "On Your Side."

"We have been friends for eight years. A really long time and it was just honestly the craziest thing," the singer said (via E! News). "We just reconnected over doing this video, she wrote and directed it, and is in it with us and we just sort of fell in love."

Rose also spoke about her relationship in a March 2017 interview with an Australian radio station. "Everybody in life can relate to the fact that things can go amazingly and there can be ups and downs," she said (via the Daily Mail). "Every single down is just to make you a stronger person or to make you fight for what you want." Rose added that she's been enjoying "a very smooth few years" as of late. "Everything really is wonderful. I am in such an amazing position," she said.

The couple was photographed visiting Origliasso's mother in the hospital in August 2017.

She used to be broke

In January 2017, Rose revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that her road to success in Hollywood was filled with one financial hardship after the next. "I started with a blow-up mattress from Target that me and my dog slept on for about a year," Rose said (via USA Today), adding that she was unemployed for two years.

She eventually landed an audition for Orange is the New Black after the show's casting director saw her in Break Free. "Imagine not getting any work for two years and then getting to audition for the greatest show in the world," she said. "I said to everyone on the show, 'Nobody's gonna notice I'm in this, blink and you'll miss it.' And everyone was like, 'No, this is going to change your life'…I was wrong."

She has a very healthy sex life

Rose is not shy about discussing her life in the bedroom, which she says is A-OK. "I'm very confident and in tune with my sexuality. I feel very blessed for that, because in different places around the world, people can't be," Rose told Cosmopolitan in February 2017. "I'm lucky I can explore." She added, "I have a very healthy sex life, and there's something very empowering, strong, and feminist about being open and comfortable in that world."

She's not sure marriage is for her

Despite being engaged for two years (or, arguably, because of it), Rose doesn't appear to be in any hurry to get married.

"According to the news, I've been engaged five times. For me, marriage is more about equal rights than the act of getting married," she told Cosmopolitan. "When you don't have equal rights, it trickles down to kids who think, 'My aunt's gay so she can't get married,' or 'I'm weird because I feel the same way.' So it's important to break down that barrier."

"I'm more interested in having a loving, healthy, long-term relationship with someone I might want to have kids with someday," Rose said

Cheers to that!