Bella Ramsey on Becoming Elizabeth, Game of Thrones and More –

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Bella Ramsey never intended to be an actress – no, really, she will be the first to tell you about it. And yet, the 18-year-old actress has already made a career out of it, including, but not limited to, Last of us, Become Elizabethas well as Game of Thrones. Each role was part of the “happy occasion” that is Ramsey’s burgeoning career. The actress chatted with about her role as Lady Jane Gray in Stars serial life after Game of Thronesupcoming adaptation of your favorite video game Last of usand much more – read our conversation below.

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Per Become Elizabeth, in which Ramsey plays Lady Jane Grey, portraying this iteration of a real historical figure, also meant learning the rules of the Tudor court. “[The chessboard] was definitely a theme that we all felt and talked about, it’s just a massive game of dangerous chess,” Ramsey says of the British historical drama series.

But as to where Lady Jane Gray ends up among the dangerous squares on this particular Tudor chessboard? Ramsey says that Jane is a young woman who is aware of her power, but she is still being used as a pawn in other people’s plans.

“She starts to realize her position based on what she was told, but also starts to realize it for herself. I think she’s crafty,” says Ramsey.

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Bella Ramsey as Lady Jane Gray and Tom Cullen as Thomas Seymour in Becoming Elizabeth.
Nick Briggs / ©Starz / Courtesy of Everett Collection.

“She will definitely understand the stakes of the world she lives in as she grows up towards the end of this season and hopefully in future seasons. She can manipulate certain situations in order to ascend the throne. Although, to be honest, I don’t know if it’s her or if it’s the work of her father and the people around who actually do it,” Ramsey tells us.

Playing this version of Lady Jane Grey, Ramsey imbues the malleable aristocrat with as much duality as wit and cunning: “I think she knows what’s going on. She is very, very smart. Although she lacks emotional intelligence, she definitely has worldly intelligence.”

Just as Lady Jane Gray is taken to the Tudor court and learns quickly there, Bella Ramsey is no stranger to the art of learning on the go. Ramsey’s breakthrough role – and first acting gig – came in 2016 as Lyanna Mormont in HBO’s record-breaking fantasy drama that won an Emmy. Game of Thrones. As a young warrior and ruler, Ramsey became a fan favorite, stealing scene after scene and drawing one of the most poetic (albeit brutal) conclusions about her character’s journey. Since the series ended in 2019, Ramsey will be the first to tell you how her life has changed forever.

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Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont in Game of Thrones
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“My life has completely changed. I think I have a career now, which is really weird to say,” the young star shares with “I was literally catapulted into the world of film and television, and new projects kept coming. Obviously, that’s what I’m doing right now!”

Yet despite all this, Ramsey’s modest respect for her place in the industry haunted her. “This is such a happy occasion. I never intended to be an actor. It just happened and I’m so happy it happened – the best accident in history.” Despite these precious memories and opportunities Game of Thrones given to her, Ramsey wants to be more than the Lady of Bear Island.

“I think the challenge for me now is not only to be known as a girl from Game of Thrones. I think you cannot deny that you will always be remembered for this. I hope I’ll be known as the kid from Game of Thronesbut also as a person in other cool shows.”

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Pedro Pascal as Joel, Bella Ramsey as Ellie in The Last of Us.
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Ramsey’s journey down this anomalous new path through Hollywood has led her to a long-awaited Last of us. In the 2023 HBO series adaptation of the 2013 video game, Ramsey plays Ellie, a young girl immune to a deadly strain of a virus that turns people into cannibal, zombie-like creatures. The post-apocalyptic series also stars Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, The Unbearable Weight of a Huge Talent, Game of Thrones) as Joel, a smuggler tasked with transporting Ellie across the pandemic-ravaged United States.

Given the video game’s dedicated fan base, Ramsey knew what a challenge it would be to bring the much-loved story to life. “I think people will love [the adaptation]. I know, of course, that there were people who were concerned about this. When something is so dear to you as a viewer – as a player – of course you will worry about adaptation.”

“But to be honest, I think people will love it. He largely follows the emotional rhythms of the game, is very respectful of the game and glorifies it. But [the live-action series adaptation] brings new life to it. He explores different paths that haven’t been explored as much in the game. I think people will like it. I hope they do. It was so much fun, such an experience. I hope that [audiences] feel it too when they go on an adventure with us.”

No matter where Ramsey’s adventure takes us next, we’ll be sure to go with her as the respectable young talent’s star continues to rise.

next episode Become Elizabeth airs Sunday, July 31st on Starz..

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