The star of HBO’s The Last Of Us Bella Ramsey has spoken about their experience of being cast as Ellie, as well as the public reception.

With only days to go until the premiere of The Last Of Us press is well underway, and stars Bella Ramsey and Pedro Pascal, who will be playing Joel, have both been discussing what it’s been like bringing two video game characters to life for television.

Ramsey, in particular, has received negative responses online for being cast as the 14-year-old protagonist, mainly because they don’t look like Ellie. In various interviews, the actor has discussed the process of getting the role and what it was like for them to receive negative attention online for their casting, so soon following the announcement.

The 19-year-old originally responded by not going on social media to view the comments, but they did anyway. “It’s the first time I’ve ever had a negative reaction to something,” Ramsey said in a New York Times interview, who was 17 at the time.

Ramsey opened up further saying, “There would be times I’d find it funny. Then I’d get to the end of a 10-minute scrolling session, put my phone down and realize: maybe that was a bad idea.

“It’s only recently I’ve accepted I am Ellie and I can do it and I am a good actor, but this will last for a few weeks and then I’ll think I’m terrible again,” Ramsey added. “That’s just the process.”

The Last Of Us premieres on HBO on January 15.