On September 2, 2020, It was announced that non-binary actor Blu Del Barrio would be joining the cast of Star Trek: Discovery. Some of you may be unfamiliar with the term non-binary or gender fluid.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines non-binary as: “relating to or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female.”
They also define gender-fluid as: “of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity is not fixed.” Those who are gender fluid describe it as some days identifying as male and other identifying as female.
This exciting news got us at Fandom Spotlite thinking about other enbys in fandom, so we created a list of 10 of our favorite non-binary & gender fluid fandom actors, and how they want to be referred to! It’s likely that these actors are in some of your favorite fandoms, but maybe you didn’t know they were non-binary or gender fluid. Let’s take a look at the list.
Ruby Rose – Gender fluid
Ruby Rose might seem like a familiar name- and it should. Rose played the titular star Batwoman for the CW’s Batwoman series. They have also been in other productions like John Wick 2, Orange Is the New Black, and XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. Rose uses she/her pronouns and self-identifies as a genderfluid woman, stating in a 2015 interview with NewsComAu, “I am very gender fluid and feel more like I wake up every day sort of gender-neutral.” She later told Entertainment Weekly, “When I got cast as a lesbian in Batwoman, I didn’t know that being a genderfluid woman meant that I couldn’t be a lesbian because I’m not a woman…” And went on to say, “I’m not trans. But if being gender-fluid means that I can’t identify as a woman at any point, then I guess I can’t be that. Maybe I need to make up another term, one that doesn’t step on any toes. One where I can be fluid in my gender, but also a lesbian, because otherwise I’m not sure what I am.”
Asia Kate Dillion – Non-Binary
Asia Kate Dillion is a non-binary actor. They are most notable for working on John Wick 3, Billions, Orange is the New Black, and Gen: Lock. Dillon uses they/them pronouns, and in 2017 told HuffPost, “…me feeling ambiguous about my gender identity has been a life long feeling, certainly. A couple of years ago I started removing gendered pronouns from my bios and things like that, replacing it with my name. That was the beginning of me really understanding that I had autonomous control over my identity, but it wasn’t until I came across the word non-binary, and looked it up, that I went, “That’s the word. There’s actually a word for it.”
Ezra Miller – Gender Fluid
If you are a fan of The Flash, then you probably know who Ezra Miller is. Ezra also plays Credence Barebone in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films, and is a spokesperson for makeup brand Urban Decay. Miller uses they/them pronouns, and told The Hollywood Reporter, “I don’t identify…Queer just means no, I don’t do that. I don’t identify as a man. I don’t identify as a woman. I barely identify as a human.”
Blu Del Barrio – Non-Binary
Blu Del Barrio might be the new kid on the scene but that doesn’t mean they can’t already be our favorite! Blu Del Barrio will be joining the third season of Star Trek: Discovery. Del Barrio will be the first known non-binary actor to be in any Star Trek property. Blu uses they/them pronouns, and told Glaad.org, “I didn’t know the term (non-binary) existed until I was 21, but when I found it, my whole life suddenly made sense. The way we think and talk about gender has to change.” We can’t wait to follow their career!
Indya Moore – Non-Binary
Indya Moore’s claim to fame is their role on the hit show Pose. Did you that they also are the voice of Shep from Steven Universe? Moore will also be in the upcoming Escape Room sequel, Escape Room 2. Moore is transgender and non-binary, and uses they/them pronouns, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “My choice to identify as nonbinary — though I typically express in femme ways — is to constantly disrupt the notion of the gender construct. Binaries force us into performative expectations that none of us purely live up to, and when we choose to live outside of those expectations we experience violence — trans and gender-variant people experience the worst kinds. Gender binaries aren’t just harmful to people who are trans and queer, they are harmful to all of us.”
Ciarán Strange – Non-Binary
Ciarán Strange is a voice actor in video games and television. If you played Borderlands 3, you may recognize their voice because they voice Lorelei. Strange has also done voice work on Kanta no Astra, Hatena Illusion, and Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over The Rainbow.
Ciarán uses they/them and he/him pronouns, stating on his Twitter: “I identify as both enby and trans*, not that one has to. Transgender is a sort of umbrella term that many choose to identify as, but not all.” And explained that as someone who’s voice is their livelihood, “I won’t be on hormones, and part of me feels I don’t need them. While I am more on the male side of the spectrum in all ways, and I want to look more masc, I don’t feel the risk of HRT making me more who I am on the inside is worth it. It’s just a personal choice.”
You can also check them out on Twitch!
Nico Tortorella – Non-Binary
Nico Tortorella may not be as familiar to fans of fandom…yet. Tortorella will be playing Felix in The Walking Dead: The World Beyond. They also played Trevor Sheldon in Scream 4. Nico Tortorella was recently on RuPaul’s Drag Race: Celebrity Edition and they were sickening! Nico uses they/them pronouns and told Just Jared, “You don’t have to be one thing for the rest of your life. … Play with your sexuality, play with gender identity, play with your expression. That’s what we’re all doing, we’re transitioning every single day. Your transition doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s!”
Jacob Tobia – Gender fluid
Jacob Tobia is an American actor, writer, performer, producer, activist, and artist. They are the voice actor for the non-binary character Double Trouble in the Netflix animated series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. If you are a millennial, you may remember Tobia from MTV’s True Life genderqueer episode in 2015. Jacob told Salon.com, “I’ve never felt trapped in my body, only in the expectations that the world puts on it. I do not want to be a woman or a man so much as I want to be a messy glittery queen.”
Lachlan Watson – Non-Binary
Lachlan Watson is the youngest on our list and possibly the youngest non-binary actor working in Hollywood. Horror fans will recognize Watson from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina; they play Theo Putnam/Susie Putnam. They will also voice the character Fang in the upcoming Goodbye Volcano High video game. They initially identified as lesbian, then trans male, before realizing the non-binary title fit them best. In an interview with Best of SNO, Watson said, “I personally identify most with being non-binary as it really encompasses my attitude of not really caring about the constraints of gender anymore, if that makes sense. I use he/him or they/them pronouns.”
Bex Taylor-Klaus – Non-Binary
Bex Taylor-Klaus is no stranger to fandom! Taylor-Klaus played Sin in Arrow, Teresa in iZombie, Audrey Jensen in the TV version of Scream, Bronwyn in one of my favorite guilty pleasures, The Last Witch Hunter, and voices Pidge in Voltron: Legendary Defender. Bex told The Hollywood Reporter, “I love the term nonbinary for myself personally because it’s such an umbrella term. It is not binary by its base definition, meaning I am not of the binary, I am something else, which allows me room to learn and find a more pinpointed label if I so choose or otherwise stick with my umbrella.”
Taylor-Klaus said on Twitter that they prefer they/them pronouns but “will accept any and all pronouns as long as they are used with respect.”
That completes our list of our favorite non-binary & gender fluid fandom actors. Of course, there are more, including Tommy Dorfman (13 reasons why), Amandla Stenberg (The Darkest Minds), Liv Hewson (Santa Clarita Diet), Sam Smith (Singer), and many more.
Who are your favorite nonconforming fandom actors? Let us know in the comments and on our socials.
*We’ve made our best effort to ensure all information regarding orientations, identities, and pronouns of the people on this list are up-to-date and accurate. If we got anything wrong, please let us know and we will correct it.