Ever wondered what it’s like to not be inherently gendered? That’s Lachlan Watson’s story to tell. The non-binary actor who became active in the acting scene from an early age rose to fame for successfully portraying roles that are peculiar to their nonbinary status.
Though they already had a few TV credits, Watson’s breakthrough came when they landed a major LGBTQ role in the hit Netflix fantasy horror series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the Hollywood star who is working hard to bust all myths about gender.
Lachlan Watson’s Biography
A North Carolina native, Lachlan Watson was born on April 12, 2001. There is a dearth of information about their parents but it is known that their mother worked in a theatre and was influential in Watson’s acting career. Raised in their hometown, Watson ventured into acting at an early age. They began acting on stage in local theater companies. Lachlan Watson’s first professional theater production was at the age of ten with Burning Coal Theatre where they played the role of Jeffery Skilling’s daughter in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
They made their screen debut in the 2013 short film The Ultimate Life. On TV, Lachlan has starred in an episode of Drop Dead Diva; in the 2014 episode, they portrayed the character of a transgender boy fighting to use the school’s bathroom. The episode later clinched a GLAAD Media award in 2015. Watson also guest starred in two episodes of Nashville in 2017.
But the non-binary actor’s most prominent role yet is unarguably that of Susie/Theo in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. When the showrunners made a nationwide call for queer actors, Lachlan Watson auditioned and successfully joined the hit Netflix supernatural horror series in its pilot season in 2018.
Facts About Lachlan Watson
Their Three-Part Opera Gender Journey
Lachlan Watson prefers to describe their gender journey as a three-part opera which explains the emotional struggles the gender-neutral actor endured throughout their teens. According to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star, they had a painful indescribable experience as a female and was disdained each time they looked in the mirror. However, their journey to self-discovery began as a teenager. The first part centers around a fresh teen Watson who at the age of thirteen realized they were attracted to girls and so, identified as a cisgender lesbian.
But still quite unsettled and needing to totally reject their femininity, Lachlan came out as Trans nearly two years later – the second part of their journey. During the years they identified as trans, they experienced gender dysphoria at its peak. In other words, the actor experienced the emotional effects which were resultant from their disconnect between their gender identity and biological sex.
The third part of their three opera journey came two and a half years later when the actor made the decision to reside inside the gender void and came out as non-binary. Identifying as non-binary means Watson is free to reside in all areas of the gender spectrum. In other words, the actor does not totally identify as male nor as female, but exists somewhere in the either/or, neither/nor space. In order to totally conform to and achieve a more consistent look with their sense of self, Watson underwent a procedure to remove their breasts.
Being identified as a non-binary or queer individual feels a lot more refreshing for Watson as they need not be confined to a linear path. The actor’s identity requires them to use gender-neutral pronouns (they/them) for themselves. More so, Lachlan Watson who identifies themselves as both non-binary and pansexual does not in any way relate their gender identity to their sexual orientation. For now, they are happy to just be themselves and see what follows after.
Their Own Experiences Informed Susie Putnam’s Character In CAOS
The gender-neutral actor also plays a non-binary character on the Netflix teen drama Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. In the original script for the show, Susie Putnam, who is one of Sabrina’s best friends at school, was written as a trans man who came out early in the series. Susie’s storyline focuses on their journey with their own gender identity.
Lachlan Watson identifies as non-binary and thus used some of their own personal experience to play the role of Susie who eventually metamorphosed into a queer Theo. Lachlan Watson was a recurring character in the first and second parts of the show. They have been promoted to series regulars for third and fourth seasons of the hit Netflix series.
For the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star, it was really important to them to play a character that represented a new kind of queer person. They were one of the youngest non-binary actors in Hollywood when the show debuted and they are proud to be telling the queer storyline right. Lachlan Watson hopes that the way Theo’s story has played out will be the future TV representation of queer people. They hope that queer actors will always be given a chance to play queer characters in the industry.
Watson Is An LGBTQ+ Activist
As one of the youngest self-identified non-binary actors, Lachlan Watson is an outspoken advocate/activist for LGBTQ+ rights and community. Notably, the gender-neutral actor was featured on a 2018 Netflix produced talk segment titled, What I Wish You Knew: About Being Non-Binary.
More so, they are one of the LGBTQ+ voices and allies who have partnered the Unilever brand for its United We Stand initiative. In the campaign, Watson and other activists align to raise awareness about the lack of accessibility of beauty products in the queer community. The actor claims to have never seen themselves reflected on a commercial nor to anyone onscreen in their lives. Thus, Lachlan Watson’s campaign with the Unilever brand feels so incredible and surreal for the non-binary actor.