Bella Ramsey cannot be pigeonholed. Especially when it comes to gender identity.
Ramsey first gained an ardent fan base for playing strong young ruler Lyanna Mormont in HBO’s Game of Thrones between 2016 and 2019. Now she will star in HBO’s heavily promoted series The last of usa dystopian thriller based on a video game.
19-year-old Ramsey opens up during the promotional spotlight leading up to the series debut.
“I think my gender has always been very volatile,” she said in a recent interview with The New York Times. “Someone would call me ‘she’ or ‘her’ and I wouldn’t think about it. But I knew when someone called me ‘he’ it was kind of exciting,” she said.
When filling out forms, Ramsey checks the “non-binary” option instead of “he” or “she”. “Non-binary” means not identifying exclusively as male or female, or not identifying with any gender, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality.
“I’m very much just a person,” she said. “Being gendered isn’t something I’m really into, but pronoun-wise, I really don’t care.”
The HBO series has the potential to further expand the admiring cult surrounding Ramsey in her strong portrayal in Game of Thrones. In The last of usa smuggler escorts Ramsey through a post-apocalyptic United States after a deadly plague.