Liv Hewson has no time for people’s “slanted” reactions to the actor’s desire to live authentically.
The “yellow jackets“, who identifies as non-binary and uses pronouns, recently showed off her major surgery for a profile in Teen Vogue, revealing nipple and surgical scars for the magazine photo shoot.
This kind of bad decision is emblematic of the 27-year-old performer’s general attitude towards people who oppose gender-affirming surgery.
“When people talk about gender-affirming surgery using words like ‘mutilation,’ that’s not very nice,” Hewson told Teen Vogue. “Is this how you think about people who have had surgery for other things? It’s a reaction of disgust, and I don’t consider disgust as a legitimate point of discourse.”
“I don’t have to entertain it and I won’t,” said the Australian actor. “It’s a waste of everyone’s time, it’s knee-jerk, it’s not grounded in reality and it’s not helpful.”
Hewson also recalled a time when someone left a shocking comment about a photo where “you could see the edges of my major surgery scars”.
Hewson said the commenter wrote “something like, ‘That’s like women cutting their fingers’. At first that really bothered me. I was like, ‘Man, that’s a horrible thing to say.’ And suddenly it seemed kind of funny.”
“I’m not going to entertain anybody’s disgust with my body,” Hewson said. “It’s my body, it’s healthy, strong and beautiful, and there’s nothing wrong with it. Blank.”
Hewson recently rose to fame thanks to his stellar performance as the younger version of the character Van (played as an adult by Lauren Ambrose) in the mystery-driven Showtime drama. But they’re already using their name recognition to advocate on behalf of gender nonconforming people.
In April, Hewson made headlines when he told Variety had opted out of this year’s Emmys race because there is no category they really fit into.
show time he said earlier this year that the network wanted to nominate Hewson for the Outstanding Supporting Actress award.
“There’s no place for me in the acting categories,” Hewson told Variety. “It would be inaccurate for me to introduce myself as an actress. It doesn’t make sense for me to be found with the boys either. It’s quite simple and not so loaded. I can’t submit to that because there’s no room for me.”
To read Hewson’s full profile, head over to Teen Vogue.