Ruby Rose - Hot CrossesWelcome to 'Hot Crosses', where we talk to killer collaborators, slashies, and other people who manage to be many things at once, brought to you by Hyundai. See our first interview, with Rankin, here.
Perhaps the most prolific slashie working in Australia right now, Ruby Rose manages to work as a DJ, VJ, Designer, Columnist and as of next year, musician all at once.
Her multitasking skills also extend to the courting of controversy, which thanks to her fondness for tweeting, and the Australian media's* ongoing penchant for finger-in-pie jokes, she does with great ease.
We caught up with Rose to find out more about what she's up to, how she's juggling, religion, and her plans to 'do a Katy Perry'.
What is something you will never do?
Life wise? Tattoo a monobrow on my face.. Career wise? Work as a butcher.
You are DJing a lot at the moment. What does it allow you to explore that other areas don’t?
At the moment? Girl please, you know me better than that... I have been DJing every weekend for about 2 years. It lets me explore areas of sleep deprivation that I didn’t even know were possible, and seedy amazing nightclubs. Also aeroplane lounges, however that is not DJ-specific as far as the above slashes go.
And you have an album coming out soon too. Is it any good? What’s the vibe?
It's definitely better than this question. I have been working on music for a fair while. I used to sing in a church choir. Maybe I will do a Katy Perry... release a gospel record first like she did. Then cut straight to a song about how great it is to kiss girls… no really, I love Katy.
How did you make the transition from MTV VJ, to designer, DJ and now, TV presenter, producer and singer. Was there someone who really helped you along the way?
Nope... pretty much did it by myself while seeding out wankers. I kid I kid. It’s late, I have worked the past 20 days straight. I hope my humour is as funny to everyone as it is to the dog on my lap (canine, I don’t speak of women like that).
I have ADD ( can you tell?) and I am a Pisces and so I do have a real innate want and need to explore many different avenues. I have had a lot of help, namely MTV for believing in me from the get go. My dog who loves me and certain friends… And God, and that I mean more than anything.
What job do you find most ‘at home’ in?
Television. I feel comfortable and safe here as I have been doing it longer than anything else.
Tell me something interesting about your role as producer and presenter for Quickflix?
I get to interview Kermit the Frog next week.. so nerrrr and you are stuck interviewing me... so basically my job is better than yours.
You are working quite a bit in LA at the moment. What is the biggest difference between girls here, and over there? And I mean in a ‘sex appeal’ kind of way.
I don’t know, I do… you know, do more with my life than perve on women in numerous countries. I love Australians because they are generally more down to earth. However I think sex appeal-wise, it’s all about Europe.
I keep hearing all this shit about people in LA eating loads of Kale. What is it and why do people keep talking about it. Should I be eating it?
Kale has vitamin A, K, E, C, B1, B2, .. urgh basically it has the alphabet… and on top of that it reduces chances of getting cancer. It lowers cholesterol and unless it’s stuck in between your teeth it basically improves every part of your life.
You are evolving the way you dress. Is this a conscious thing or do you just get bored easily?
I think everyone evolves the way they dress, or we would all wear what we wore in high school and be social outcasts and wear clothes too small for us.
Travel plays a big part in how I view music, fashion and art. The more I travel the more inspired I feel, and the more it comes out in all the ways I express myself.
Fashion-wise, have you discovered anything lately that you’re really into, like particular brands, stores or magazines?
Not really, I am constantly finding new things, I am not brand or store faithful. I change around all the time.
Are you categorically incapable of doing just one thing?
I can’t help but feel this has a double meaning. Haha...
However I think I am capable of anything I put my mind to. That’s what my mum told me when I was growing up.
You’ve only really been in the industry for about five years. Has time ever slowed down, or sped up for you?
Yes of course.
It’s the same for everyone. Usually as a rule when you are having copious amounts of fun it goes too quick and when you are sick, or drained or bored it goes reallllllllllllllllll slow.
It’s no secret the press can be particularly harsh on you, and quick to judge. How do you deal with a bad review, or nasty gossip columnist?
Now, I don’t do anything. Before I stopped drinking, started yoga and looked after my health more I used to retaliate a lot. Perhaps I was always a bit snappy because I was low on blood sugar? Plus after years of being bullied in school part of me reverts back to fight or flight. So I used to go straight to twitter and tear them to shreds.. Now I boil my kettle and drink some tea.
Are you interested in slashing any boundaries?
I feel like I have tried to do this in almost everything I do. Push the envelope. However my favourite quote is Vanity of Vanities: "All is vanity and there is nothing new under the sun." It’s a good reminder. Also keeps people humble.
What’s on your ‘to do’ list for 2012?
Have a baby, release a record, travel, take my first holiday, move to L.A. Wow, that’s like 1 life change a month… lets make that the 5-year plan.
*TheVine is by no means exempt here.
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