Bella Ramsey, star of HBO’s The Last Of Us, has opened up about her gender identity. While speaking with The New York Times in the lead-up to the release of the show.
“I guess my gender has always been very fluid,” Ramsey revealed. “Someone would call me ‘she’ or ‘her’ and I wouldn’t think about it, but I knew that if someone called me ‘he’ it was a bit exciting.” Now, if given the option Ramsey says she chooses “nonbinary” on forms when given the opportunity.
When it comes to pronouns, Ramsey said she doesn’t really have a preference. “I’m very much just a person,” she said. “Being gendered isn’t something that I particularly like, but in terms of pronouns, I really couldn’t care less.”
In December, Ramsey was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for her performance in Catherine Called Birdy for best young actor/actress — a gender-neutral category that she said was a “pleasing” experience.
Now Ramsey is set to play Ellie alongside Pedro Pascal as Joel in the HBO adaptation of The Last of Us video games. Her character is a teenager with a world-changing secret, crossing the country with help of a father figure in a land that is rife with fungal zombies and even more terrifying humans. Ellie is also queer and her sexuality figures in a pivotal scene in the first game, and is central to its sequel.
When it was released in 2014, The Last of Us shook the gaming world with its powerful storytelling, and the series is on the verge of doing the same. Early reviews rave about the show which currently has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Welcome to the family Bella.
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