Non-binary actor Liv Hewson, who uses “they/they” pronouns, will not submit himself for the Primetime Emmy Awards because of the gendered acting categories.
The performer is eligible for consideration for her role as Vanessa ‘Van’ Palmer in Showtime’s hit psychological drama, Yellowjackets, which earned seven nominations last year.
“I have no place in acting categories,” said the Australian actor, best known for starring as Abby Hammond in the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet from 2017 to 2019, of Variety’s decision.
The 27-year-old, who came out as non-binary at the age of 16, continued, explaining that “it would be inaccurate for me to introduce myself as an actress” or “to meet the boys.”
It’s straightforward and no overload. I can’t give myself up to this because there’s no room for me,” Hewson insisted.
MAKE A STATEMENT: Non-binary actor Liv Hewson, who uses “they/they” pronouns, will not submit himself for Primetime Emmy Awards due to gender representation categories (seen in February)
Breakout role: The performer is eligible for consideration for her role as Vanessa ‘Van’ Palmer on Showtime’s hit psychological drama, Yellowjackets, which earned seven nominations last year (seen in season one, which will air in 2021)
While it may be a long shot at being nominated this season, the outlet revealed in March that his name was among the few names Showtime planned to put forward to support the drama actress.
Fellows Christina Ricci, Savoy Brown, Samantha Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher and Courtney Eaton are also reported to be presenting in the same category.
This year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards have condensed their acting categories into Best Performance and Supporting categories, with Michelle Yeoh and Ke Hui Quan winning, respectively, for Everything Everywhere, every time.
Other award shows have proposed giving out gender-neutral prizes to the top two winners in the leadership and support categories, with the hope that at least one woman will win in each, although this would not be guaranteed.
The topic of introducing gender-neutral categories has become more popular over the years, following a push from A-list celebrities, like Jamie Lee Curtis, whose daughter Ruby came out as transgender in 2020, and Emma Corinne.
Last month, Curtis relaunched calls to consider the use of non-sexual categories after she won an Academy Award at the 95th Academy Awards.
She said, “Obviously, I’d like to see a lot of women nominated so that there’s gender parity in all areas and all branches, and I think we’ll get there.” the peoplealthough she noted that there was still a long way to go.
She continued, “We’re not even close there. And of course, inclusivity involves the bigger question, which is, how do you include everyone when there are binary options, which is very difficult.”
“There is no place for me in the acting categories,” said the Australian actor, best known for starring as Abby Hammond in the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet from 2017 to 2019, of Variety’s decision.
Frustrating: The 27-year-old actor, who came out non-binary at age 16, went on to explain that “TT would be inaccurate for me to introduce myself as an actress” or “to meet the boys.”
“As a parent to a trans daughter, I totally understand that,” she said, referring to Robbie, who married her co-star with the True Lies co-star in 2022.
However, she noted that removing gender from representation categories could have the unintended effect of drastically reducing the number of female winners, as voters are more likely to unite around men.
However, in order to de-sex this category, I’m also concerned (that) it will reduce opportunities for more women, which is also something I’ve been working hard to try to promote. So it’s a complicated question, but I think the most important thing is inclusivity and more women.
In November, Coren, who identifies as non-binary and uses pronouns, stated that most awards shows aren’t “inclusive enough” and said that the change they’re hoping for, will enable everyone to feel “recognized and represented.”
Coren said there is a need for better representation within roles in the entertainment industry to encourage “urgency” around addressing the topic.
In 2022, Emma won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance as Princess Diana in the fourth series of the hit Netflix drama.
Talking to BBC Today programme On the possibility of gender-neutral categories at major awards shows, Emma said: ‘I hope for a future where that happens.
Ally: In March, Curtis reignited calls to consider the use of non-sexual categories after she won an Academy Award at the 95th Academy Awards. Seen in the last month
PRESSING FOR CHANGE: In November, Coren, who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns they provide, stated that most awards shows aren’t ‘inclusive enough’ (pictured in 2022)
I don’t think the categories are comprehensive enough at the moment. It is about each person’s ability to feel valued and represented.
The Crown star asked: ‘When it comes to categories, do we need to make it specific as to whether you’re nominated for a female role or a male role?’
You can discuss awards and representation there, but really the conversation should be about getting more representation in the material itself, in the content that we see for non-binary people, for queer people, for trans people, because then I think that’s going to change a lot.
“When those parts come out, which means more people and more actors play these roles, then I think there will be more urgency to deal with these questions.”
Emma has identified as openly non-binary since 2021, and has shared their journey with their gender identity openly on social media.
said the playwright Today’s programmeYour gender identity has a lot to do with how you feel and it has a lot to do with how you want people to see you or people to see you, and that can be very sexy or it can make you uncomfortable if you don’t feel like you are being seen honestly or properly.
“I think it was essential for me to be open and honest about it because otherwise I would have felt misunderstood.”