When she was just five years old, Ruby Rose began saving up for gender transition surgery. These days she still prefers to use female pronouns but identifies as gender fluid.

So why did Rose, 29, decide not to follow through with surgery? Well the Orange is the New Black star revealed all this week when she opened up to Access Hollywood.

“I had this jar that I would collect dollars – in fact, we were so poor, it would have been cents,” Rode explained. “So I probably had 19 cents to go towards this surgery that I didn’t really know a lot about. I think I had seen like a daytime documentary, probably something on Oprah and I was like, ‘That’s what I’m going to do.’ And so I started saving from probably the age of 5.”

Rose continued, saying that she came out at age 12 and started experimenting with gender forms in her teenage years and found comfort in the support she received from her mother.

“When I got to 15, I kind of decided to get more into my body and I shaved my head and my mum was just like, ‘I don’t know what’s going on right now, but if you are happy, then do it,’”

“I started to change the way that I dressed and talked, and realised that I didn’t want to transition, I just wanted to be more comfortable in my own skin,” Rose said.

When asked about Caitlyn Jenner in the same interview, Rose said, “I just really feel so blessed to be alive and even part of this huge movement. Caitlyn, call me! I mean, I’m busy but I want to hang out! You’re awesome!”

We think Ruby is pretty awesome too!

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