In a recent interview with The New York Times, Bella Ramsey, star of the highly-anticipated HBO series “The Last of Us,” revealed that her understanding of her gender has always been fluid. The actor, who gained fame on the hit series “Game of Thrones” as the fierce Lady Lyanna Mormont, stated that if given the option on a form, she would identify as nonbinary. However, she emphasized that being gendered is not something she particularly likes, but she is indifferent to the pronouns used to address her.
Ramsey, who is 19, joins a growing number of young adults who identify as neither exclusively male nor female. A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 5% of adults under 30 in the United States identify as nonbinary or transgender, compared to 1.6% of all adults.
In addition to being a nonbinary actor, Ramsey will also be taking on her first lead role in a TV series or film as Ellie, a lesbian teenager in the dystopian world of “The Last of Us.” The series, which is based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name, follows smuggler Joel (played by Pedro Pascal) as he escorts Ellie across a post-pandemic United States. The show premieres on Sunday on HBO.