‘Nobody wants a 45-year-old VJ’: Ruby Rose switches from TV to pop stardom – and she’s here to stay

Nov 6th, 2012
Ruby Rose
Nov 6th, 2012

She's known for her work as an MTV presenter, model, fashion designer, activist, DJ and actor.

Now the ultimate Australian slashie, Ruby Rose, can add “recording artist” to her list of talents.

"I was very wary of being a jack of all trades and master of none, but people are getting used to the whole slashie thing now," the 26-year-old told TheFIX.

Ruby releases her debut single this week, the club-friendly ‘Guilty Pleasure’. She let us in on her long-harboured desires to switch her focus to music and the ultimate decision to quit TV.

"Nobody is going to want a 45-year-old VJ, unless I get an akubra and become the female Molly Meldrum," she mused.

"Music will give you more longevity, it is something people will always relate to where age isn't a boundary … My good friend Sia is 36, she's been doing music since forever and is only just starting to get number one records."

Never one to shy away from a new project, Ruby acknowledges that being such a multi-tasker does come at a price. "I was having breakdowns, working for days straight,” she said.

“It didn't feel right. Something had to stop, and I knew that was TV."

Ruby has been chased by record labels wanting to sign her since hitting the spotlight six years ago, and finally chose to work with global major label Universal Music.

"I want to be where I'm wanted for me, not somewhere where you go in and they say 'You are going to be the next Pink.’ I don't want to be the next Pink,” she explained.

”Or they'd say; 'This is a song we've been sent from America…' and the song would be, like ‘Poppin' bottles in the club, surrounded by girls…’ and I'm like, 'I don't drink and aside from when I'm DJing, I'm not in the club… I'm not 20 anymore!"

Another vocation Ruby has added to her ever growing list of pursuits is boxing.

She recently won her debut match and is undertaking a gruelling training schedule in preparation for her next bout in the ring.

Yep, busy lady.

"It can be a struggle," she admits of her hectic schedule. "I've had bronchitis and pneumonia and whooping cough, I would just keep going til I got sick. There was nothing stopping me from doing four or five gigs a week, then training, then TV, then going in and designing clothing, then getting to radio.

”That's when I decided to stop drinking as well, it was just lowering my immune system. It was just working out what my body can handle. I'm working smarter, not harder."

The decision to quit drinking came about a year ago after a reported battle with alcohol addiction.

In Ruby's eyes, anyone can quit drinking if they put their mind to it.

"Alcohol is just a thing we drink, it's just like a poison really, that alters who you are," she explains.

"When I look back at things I've done that I regret, it's all been under the influence. I've never gone up and kissed someone I didn't want to kiss when I was sober … you have a fight with someone for no reason and you can't even remember why, it's because you're drinking. Or you leave your car in the middle of nowhere because you're drunk and you couldn't drive.

”I am just as weird and kooky [now that I am sober] and still really hyper. My friends say I'm crazy. If I get that without drinking then I can't even imagine how they'd put up with me if I did."

Aside from the obvious health benefits, abstaining from alcohol can certainly be a handy way of dodging unwanted media attention.

On a recent night out in Sydney with Hollywood heavyweights Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, with whom Rose has "a lot of mutual friends", she managed to escape the paparazzi and news crews that flocked the Three Blue Ducks restaurant in Bronte.

"For me it's always a bit easier, because I don't drink. So I can just walk on out, get into a car and drive away. Whereas a lot of other people have to worry about acting normal, or 'Oh my god let's climb out the window and escape' then your dress is around your neck. That stuff doesn’t faze me anymore, cause I've never really got anything to hide or worry about. I just cruised on out."


Ruby Rose with Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and web entrepreneur Brian Chesky

Of her new American buds, Ruby gushed: "They're really good. She's really down to earth, he's really down to earth, they're both very funny. It was a great dinner and just a really nice night. It was a pity that it all went a bit haywire… It kind of made everyone a bit uncomfortable."

TheFIX will be premiering the video for ‘Guilty Pleasure’ on Friday — watch this space!

For now, here's something almost as awesome to keep us raving about Ruby...

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