'Being called he is exciting' says Leicester actor on gender identity
The Last of Us star Bella Ramsey has revealed why she doesn't like being gendered in a recent interview with The New York Times as the Leicestershire actor eyes major awards. Ahead of her new major blockbuster production, she sat down with reporters and explained her gender identity.
Speaking candidly, the former Game of Thrones star said: "I guess my gender has always been very fluid, 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."
The interview comes just before the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, in which Ramsey was nominated for best young actor/actress for the film Catherine Called Birdy. She told the Times, that it pleased her to be nominated for a non-gender-specific category, in what is becoming an ever increasingly popular choice for award ceremonies.
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When it comes to pronouns such as she/her or he/him, gender fluid Bella said she would check "nonbinary" if it's an option on a form: "I'm very much just a person, being gendered isn't something that I particularly like, but in terms of pronouns, I really couldn't care less."
According to Harvard University, gender fluidity refers to change over time in a person's gender expression or gender identity, or both. That change might be in expression, but not identity, or in identity, but not expression. Put simply, a gender fluid individual is a person whose gender identity is not fixed.
Ramsey's latest project, a TV adaptation of the critically acclaimed video game The Last Of Us, is now airing exclusively on Sky Atlantic and NOW. It sees Bella and former Game of Thrones colleague Pedro Pascal star in a post apocalyptic land where they are terrorized by 'mutants' called the Infected.
Previously, the Leicestershire performer also led the 2017 TV adaptation of The Worst Witch books, as titular character Mildred Hubble. For her performances over 40 episodes, she won the Young Performer award at the 2019 British Academy Children's Awards.
Currently, Bella is playing the lead character of Netflix series Hilda, for which she won a BAFTA. The series also utilises her singing talent and has seen the release of her debut song The Life of Hilda.
This year, in a long awaited sequel to Chicken Run, Bella will provide the voice of Molly in Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget. The stop-motion film will be released on Netflix in 2023 and features Zachary Levi, Thandiwe Newton, David Bradley, Romesh Ranganathan, Daniel Mays and Nick Mohammed.
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