Chilling Adventure of Sabrina actor Lachlan Watson explains what identifying as non-binary means in a new Netflix video.
Watson is joined by three other non-binary actors: Jacob Tobia, Shiva Raichandani, and Santa Clarita Diet Liv Hewson.
‘Gender to me is like languages and money. It exists, it’s real and it informs how humans interact with each other a great deal and it’s important, but we made it up,’ says Hewson, a non-binary lesbian.
Watson, who plays queer character Susie Putnam on Sabrina, echoed their feelings.
‘If I didn’t have this body, if I was just floating meaninglessly in the space as a blob of cells, who would I be?’
They furthermore add: ‘People think as gender as a finite and objective thing that it starts here and it ends here. It’s not that. For me, it just keeps going. It’s a continuing line. It’s just like walking straight in the woods and not knowing where I’m going.’
Is gender identity the same thing as sexual orientation?
Some still consider gender identity to be related to sexual orientation.
‘My gender identity does not relate to my sexual orientation even remotely,’ says Watson.
‘I identify as both non-binary and pansexual, which are two very fancy ways of saying I don’t care.’
They further argue: ‘I see through you into your soul, that’s what matters to me. Can we talk like people? Do you understand me as a person? Can you give me what I need as a person? As a soul? That’s what’s important to me. It doesn’t matter what’s in your pants. It doesn’t matter how you express yourself, what you look like. It’s the core of your being.’
What should people know about being non-binary?
Watson goes on addressing what they would like people to understand about identifying as non-binary.
‘What I wish people knew about non-binary identities is I think that we’re equal people. We don’t have to be different if you don’t see it that way,’ they say.
‘We just want to be accepted and loved like everyone else.’
Queer characters in films and TV shows
Talking about how queer characters are often misrepresented in mainstream media, Watson points out their experience on Sabrina is different.
The actor plays a character at the beginning of their queer journey. While Susie still identifies as a female, Watson hinted that there might be more in the second season.
‘I got cast in Sabrina and they put at the end of the email: “if you want to share your story, your journey, we’d love to hear it” and I said fuck yeah,’ they say.
‘Here’s all the trauma in my life that prepared me for this moment in particular. Here’s all the shit I can talk about. We’re telling a queer story, but we’re telling it right because they’re listening to me.’
Watch the full video below: