Bella Ramsey: Ellie Is Lesbian in 'Last Of Us,' Defies Toxic Backlash

Bella Ramsey: Ellie Is Lesbian in ‘Last Of Us,’ Defies Toxic Backlash

Bella Ramsey has a message for homophobic viewers upset by gay storylines making their way into HBO’s new hit series”The last of us“Get used to it. Ramsey stars in the video game adaptation as Ellie. The HBO series received critical acclaim for its third episode, which expanded on the source material to tell a gay love story between characters Bill and Frank. Toxic fan reviews bombarded the episode on websites such as IMDb, but Bill and Frank’s romance is only the beginning of gay representation on “The Last of Us.”

Ramsey said British GQ magazine that she visited the writers’ room for ‘The Last of Us’ season 2 and thinks the HBO series will continue to “closely follow the storyline of the games.” This means Ramsey’s Ellie will most likely have a Season 2 relationship with a woman named Dina. The actor hopes HBO will stick with Ellie’s sexual orientation in the games.

“There’s probably a few bits with Ellie on her own, but I love that she also has [Dina] now,” Ramsey said of the video game sequel, “The Last of Us Part II,” which will serve as inspiration for the HBO series’ second season. The sequel also features a transgender teenager named Lev.

“I’m not particularly worried about that,” Ramsey said of the backlash over the show’s weird stories. “I know people will think what they want to think. But they’re going to have to get used to it. If you don’t want to watch the show because it has gay stories, because it has a trans character, it’s “It’s up to you and you’re missing something. It’s not going to scare me. I think it’s coming from a place of challenge.”

Ramsey announced in an interview with The New York Times in January that she identifies as non-binary. Talk to QG, the actress revealed that she wore a briefcase over her chest for “90%” of filming during the show’s first season so she could better concentrate on set. Ramsey said his co-star, Pedro Pascal, was “super supportive” of his decision. Pascal’s sister is transgender. Ramsey said the two actors often discuss sexual identity between takes.

“And they weren’t always deep [conversations]”, Ramsey said. “They could be funny and humorous, the whole spectrum. We were just very honest and open with each other.

Ramsey added that she accepts all pronouns, including her and them, but there are some descriptions she does not support. “That’s what bothers me more than the pronouns: being called ‘young woman’ or ‘young powerful woman’, ‘young woman’, but I’m not [that],” she says. “[In] ‘Catherine Called Birdy’, I was in dresses. [In] “Young Elizabeth”, I was in a corset. And I felt super powerful in there. Playing these more female characters is a chance to be something so opposite to myself, and it’s really fun.

“The Last of Us” airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max.

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