Emma Corrin explains the difficulties of 'discovering' gender identity

Emma Corrin explains the difficulties of 'discovering' gender identity

December 4, 2022

‘It’s an embrace of many different parts of myself’: Emma Corrin explains the difficulties of ‘discovering’ their gender identity while working as an actor

  • The Crown star, 26, identifies as non-binary and goes by they/them pronouns as of last year 

Emma Corrin has spoken out on navigating their gender identity while finding a place in the film industry as an actor.

The actor, 26, who is known for playing Princess Diana in The Crown, identifies as non-binary and goes by they/them pronouns.

And describing the choice, they explained: ‘It’s an embrace of many different parts of myself’.

‘It’s an embrace of many different parts of myself’: Emma Corrin explained the difficulties of ‘discovering’ their gender identity while working as an actor

Emma updated their pronouns on Instagram in July 2021 to she/they, before then making them they/them on the site a few months later.

And talking with the New York Times on their identity, the screen star explained: ‘My identity and being nonbinary is an embrace of many different parts of myself, the masculine and the feminine and everything in between.’

But adding the challenges of also navigating such a high-pressure and public industry, they continued: ‘It’s hard to be discovering something in yourself at the same time you’re navigating an industry that demands a lot of you, in terms of knowing who you are.’

Pronouns: Emma updated their pronouns on Instagram in July 2021 to she/they, before then making them they/them on the site a few months later

Stardom: They rose to big fame while portraying Princess Diana in The Crown

Last month, Emma reflected on why they decided to make the change, Emma explained that they felt ‘uncomfortable’ with hearing strangers refer to them as ‘she’ at work. 

They told The Guardian: ‘I was working on a film in the US, away from everyone who knows me, and when people called me she, it felt so weird and uncomfortable.’

While Emma has also previously said they feel ‘more comfortable’ than they have in a long time after deciding to identify as non-binary.

Demands: But adding the challenges, they explained: ‘It’s hard to be discovering something in yourself at the same time you’re navigating an industry that demands a lot of you, in terms of knowing who you are’

They told the Sunday Times: ‘I don’t know where my gender exploration is going to go and I don’t really want to think about it, I just know that I feel more comfortable in myself than I have in a long time.’

Emma also said they were ‘very, very lucky’ because their mother and father have both been very supportive of their exploration of their gender identity and sexuality.

The star said they had only began questioning why they felt at odds with their gender in the past few years, describing their first queer relationship as ‘so beautiful’.

The actor has most recently starred in new racy drama-romance Lady Chatterley’s Lover alongside Jack O’Connell, in which they played the eponymous leading role.

Exploring: They recently told the Sunday Times: ‘I don’t know where my gender exploration is going to go and I don’t really want to think about it, I just know that I feel more comfortable in myself than I have in a long time’

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