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Canberra’s Liv Hewson promoting a non-binary message

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Canberra-born actor Liv Hewson has had to negotiate a Hollywood career during a pandemic—returning “home” from LA to wait out COVID.

But in between filming the Netflix original series The Santa Clarita Diet (opposite onscreen mum Drew Barrymore), starring opposite Charlize Theron in Bombshell and in season two of the BBC/Sundance TV drama Top of the Lake (opposite Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman), Liv has taken the opportunity to do something a little different while back in Australia.

They are the new face of Sheridan’s Gen-Z, gender-neutral bedroom range.

Two years ago, with an acting career on a steep international trajectory, Liv took the decision to come out as non-binary in their professional life, having been out with friends and family nine years before that.

“It was a risk, yes, but at the end of the day, I really felt it was a risk I had to take. It was not sustainable to compartmentalise myself.”

Liv, who uses the pronouns them and they, said the reaction been “really good—sometimes people have questions, which is totally fine with me.”

“I am comfortable and happy to talk about—in fact I like to talk about it having spent so long not talking about it. Let’s go!” they said.

Liv has been met with “kindness and curiosity.” So when Sheridan approached Liv (alongside artist Jamie Preisz and singer/songwriter CXLOE) to promote a new capsule collection with a campaign called Where Dreams are Made, they were on-board immediately.

The gender-neutral bedding capsule collection is a first for the brand, designed for Gen Z and Millennial Australians who are discovering “the importance of having a space to sleep, dream and create”

Liv said it was “loads of fun to shoot” and the message was vital.

“I think this campaign says you are in charge of your own space. It is a collection designed to be mixed and matched across every colour and texture so you can build your bedroom space to feel happy and free.”

Liv last year won the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award for their LGBT advocacy and said their early experiences with Canberra Youth Theatre gave them the freedom to understand their own feelings on gender.

“When we talk about gender, theatre was one of the places I felt joyous mucking around with gender and experimenting with presentation. It has a rich tradition in this respect.”

The last year has been difficult to negotiate given they are used to an enormous amount of international travel for filming.

Returning home from shooting Dramaworld in Korea (which is set in both LA and Seoul), last July, Liv said this was the longest they had spent in Canberra over the past five years and they enjoyed time with family and “revisiting old favourites and discovering new places.”

They are now en route to Canada for their latest role, which makes them a little apprehensive. “At the moment it is a little intimidating, the stakes of travel are so high.”

Liv said one of the positive things to come out of COVID was a much larger focus on mental health—a topic they are also passionate about promoting.

They had survived the unpredictability of the year by “trying to be kind on myself and others and keep my head on my shoulders and respond as things happen”.

“I can’t speak for everyone, but in my personal experience (the pandemic has) changed the way me and people I know communicate about our needs and what makes us feel happy and safe. I feel personally more in touch with and able to communicate with people about this—out of necessity.”

To view Liv in the new Sheridan campaign, go here.

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