Teen star Bella Ramsey Reveals that she wore a chest binder 90 percent of the time while shooting the HBO series, The Last of Us.
Isabella May Ramsey is a 19-year-old British actor who first rose to fame by playing the role of Lyanna Mormont in the iconic HBO fantasy TV drama, Game of Thrones.
In the new HBO series, Bella plays the role of Ellie, a teenager immune to cordyceps fungus – an outbreak that transforms the human host into an infected zombie-like creature.
The cast of the show includes Pedro Pascal, Anna Torv, Gabriel Luna, Ashley Johnson, and Nico Parker.
Recently, the 19-year-old teenager who identifies herself as non-binary and says she doesn’t care what pronouns people use for her spoke to GQ for an interview and opened up about wearing a chest binder during the shooting of her TLoU.
Bella said that wearing a binder helped her focus on the set as a gender-fluid person.
“Which probably isn’t healthy,” she said. “Like, please bind safely.”
She also said that her costar Pedro Pascal whose sister is also a Trans woman, was super supportive of her.
“The two would regularly have conversations about gender and sexuality,” she said. “They weren’t always deep: they could be funny and humorous, the whole spectrum. We were just very honest and open with each other.”
Speaking of her role in Catherine Called Birdy, a comedy film, Ramsey said she wore both dresses and corsets for her character and felt powerful.
“I felt super powerful in that. Playing these more feminine characters is a chance to be something so opposite to myself, and it’s really fun.”
In another interview with The New York Times, Ramsey said she doesn’t like being called a “young lady” or “young woman.”
“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].”
“I’m very much just a person,” she added. “Being gendered isn’t something that I particularly like, but in terms of pronouns, I really couldn’t care less.”
Following her revelation, the TLoU fandom and most of Bella’s fans are praising her for absolutely killing it with her performance and actions.
“i’m going to cry bella ramsey i love u sooooo bad,” one fan wrote.
“ahhh please make sure to bind safely bella! but so happy you’ve found something that makes you happy too :)” wrote another.
“Im gonna scream and cry,” a third commented.
“Bella is absolutely killing it, hope they can do some horror films down the road,” another added.
“While I’m not the biggest fan of the show, I love that we’re seeing more trans and non-binary people in popular media. Maybe it’ll get more people to pay attention to the numerous efforts to deny us the most basic of human rights. We need all the allies we can get,” someone said.
“I love that TLoU as a media – series and games – has informative and grounded portrayals of sexuality and gender, the actors being involved in the conversation is beautiful, having trans actors involved in the conversation is potent,” said someone else.
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