Bella Ramsey, the star of the highly anticipated HBO series “The Last of Us,” recently revealed that they have always felt gender to be a fluid concept. When speaking to The New York Times, Ramsey remarked that they find it “exciting” when they are referred to with pronouns such as ‘he’ or ‘she’, but “couldn’t care less” when it comes to being gendered. The 19-year-old actor, who first came to fame as Lady Lyanna Mormont in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” has joined a rising number of young adults who identify as neither strictly male nor female. According to a survey from the Pew Research Center last year, 5% of U.S. adults under 30 identify as nonbinary or transgender, compared to 1.6% of all U.S. adults.
The British actor joins a rising list of iconic figures who recognize as gender fluid or nonbinary, such as Janelle Monáe, Emma Corrin from “The Crown,” and Sam Smith, who have all come out as nonbinary in the past few years. This Sunday, HBO will premier “The Last of Us,” the TV adaptation of the popular video game. The plot follows Joel (Pedro Pascal), a smuggler, on his mission to escort lesbian teen Ellie (Ramsey) across a post-pandemic United States. This marks Ramsey’s first lead role in a TV show or movie.
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