Yellowjackets star sitting out of Emmys over ‘gendered awards’

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Yellowjackets star Liv Hewson has revealed they won’t be submitting themselves for this year’s Emmys despite being eligible.

The 27-year-old nonbinary actor explained their decision is due to the academy’s gendered awards for Best Actor and Best Actress.

“There’s not a place for me in the acting categories,” Hewson explained.

“It would be inaccurate for me to submit myself as an actress. It neither makes sense for me to be lumped in with the boys. It’s quite straightforward and not that loaded.

“I can’t submit myself for this because there’s no space for me,” they added in a recent interview with Variety.

Hewson’s portrayal of Van in this season of Yellowjackets is also complemented by the introduction of Lauren Ambrose as the adult version of the character.

After the cult success of the first season, it was hoped the second outing could be a hit during the next awards season after generating more popularity.

Variety revealed Showtime’s plans for this year’s Emmy submission last month, and Hewson’s name was on the list.

However, despite their performance being eligible and arguably awards-worthy, the actor will be sitting out of this year’s race.

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Their decision comes after more LGBTQ+ groups and performers have advocated for more inclusive awards at ceremonies like the Oscars and Golden Globes.

Smaller ceremonies such as The Gotham Awards and The Independent Spirit Awards have recently made their categories gender-neutral.

Meanwhile, the Grammys have been completely gender-neutral for the past 10 years, with nonbinary star Sam Smith picking up five trophies since 2015.

In their interview, Hewson pushed back against claims gender neutral categories could lead to white male-dominated awards.

“There is an implied fatalism there, which suggests that we’ve all agreed that equality is impossible. And that’s sad,” they said.

“We’re not going to start awarding best female and male director, or female or male cinematographer.

“Because we all understand that implicitly would be insulting. You can keep things as they are right now – I just won’t be participating.”

The second season of Yellowjackets is currently taking a week’s hiatus but will be back next Friday and Sunday for episode six, Qui.

Yellowjackets season 2 continues Fridays on Paramount+ and Sundays on Showtime.

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