Bella Ramsey, who recently came out as non-binary, revealed in a GQ UK interview that she wore a chest binder for “90 percent” of the “Last of Us” shoot.
“This is what bothers me more than pronouns: being called a ‘young woman’ or a ‘powerful young woman,’ ‘young lady,’ but I’m just not [that],” she said.
Ramsey has used she/her pronouns in recent interviews, and she acknowledges the fact that playing feminine characters is a fun opportunity to be something very opposite to herself. She had previously told The New York Times that “my gender has always been very fluid” over the years.
Ramsey’s co-star in “The Last of Us,” Pedro Pascal, has been supportive and frequently discussed gender and sexuality with the actor.
Ramsey said Pascal was “super supportive” and that they bonded over discussing the “whole spectrum” of gender and sexuality on set. “And they weren’t always deep: they could be funny and humorous, the whole spectrum,” Ramsey said. “We were just very honest and open with each other.”
The 18-year-old added “Someone would call me ‘she’ or ‘her’ and I wouldn’t think about it,” Ramsey said, “but I knew that if someone called me ‘he’ it was a bit exciting.”
Ramsey added, “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.”
Ramsey’s “Game of Thrones” co-star Maisie Williams had previously addressed her struggles with puberty while playing her character, Arya Stark.
“I think that when I started becoming a woman, I resented Arya because I couldn’t express who I was becoming,” Williams said. “And then I also resented my body because it wasn’t aligned with the piece of me that the world celebrated.”
Williams had to wear a “strap to reverse puberty” when her character Arya pretended to be male.