Javicia Leslie Came Out to Her Mom When She Got Cast As Batwoman

After a long and chaotic year, the premiere of season 2 of Batwoman is almost upon us, and in anticipation of seeing newcomer Javicia Leslie take over the superhero mantle previously left by OITNB alum Ruby Rose, the bi actress is opening up about when she first got cast in the role — and how she wasn't out to her mother yet when it happened.

In a recent interview with Health Magazine, the 33-year-old bisexual actress recalled what it was like getting the part of new, original character Ryan Wilder for the second season of The CW's latest superhero series, and how, although her mother always knew and was supportive of her, she hadn't yet formally come out to her yet.

"I was talking to my mom—we had to have a conversation when I got this role because I knew my sexuality would be discussed," Leslie recounted to Health. "She and I had never talked about it. She was like, 'You don’t have to talk to me about it. I’m your mother, I’ve known since you were a child.'"

She continued:

"Once that was said, I didn’t have to speak to anyone else about it because my mother knew me and understood me."

"I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual wom