“The Last of Us” Star Bella Ramsey Reveals Being Bullied for Her Appearance: Bella Ramsey, the non-binary actress best known for her role as Ellie Williams in the video game adaptation series “The Last of Us,” has proven to be a talented actress with an undeniable on-screen presence. However, Bella, who is 19, has had to overcome significant challenges and barriers in the acting industry.
Bella Ramsey made her on-screen debut in the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones.”
She played the fierce young noblewoman Lyanna Mormont in the sixth season, which quickly endeared her to fans and led to an invitation to reprise the role for the following two seasons. Currently, Bella stars as the lead actress in the role of Ellie Williams opposite Pedro Pascal in “The Last of Us.”
Ramsey’s success did not come easily, and it was all because of her appearance.
During one of Bella’s earliest auditions as a child, she was told that she did not possess the coveted “Hollywood look.” Despite receiving praise from the director and delivering a strong performance in her audition, Bella did not ultimately land the role she had tried out for.
Things only got worse when Bella rose to fame.
After “The Last of Us” started airing, fans of the show made fun of the way Ramsey looked, and everyone was commenting on her “square head.” “You’re looking for a comment that’s more painful than the last one,” she said. “I’d kid myself that I was doing it in jest.”
“I wish I could say that I was confident enough [already] that it hasn’t affected me in any way, but it has,” revealed Ramsey in a candid interview.
Despite the trolling, Bella is proud of her work on “The Last of Us.”
Her success in the series is not a surprise, as she was cast by series creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann after looking at 100 auditions. “What you’re waiting for [in casting] is the person that makes it undeniable, where you’re like, ‘Oh, we’re done. Everything’s okay.’ And that was Bella,” revealed Mazin.
Bella Ramsey is very proud of herself and the work she has done. “I’m just glad I could do that for them. And for the show. And for Ellie. I want to do her justice,” she said.
Through her talent, determination, and refusal to conform to Hollywood’s narrow beauty standards, Bella Ramsey is breaking down barriers and paving the way for a new generation of actors. As she continues to challenge stereotypes, there is no doubt that Bella Ramsey is destined for even greater heights.