Last of Us' Storm Reid opens up about instant connection with Bella Ramsey

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The Last of Us star Storm Reid has said she had an "instant connection" with Bella Ramsey, the actor behind her onscreen best friend Ellie.

Fans were introduced to Reid's character Riley in the latest episode (titled 'Left Behind') in flashbacks that showed the pair's time in Boston's quarantine zone, known as the QZ.

Riley returns to the FEDRA military school in the QZ after running away to join the Fireflies, a vigilante group hellbent on bringing down FEDRA.

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She takes Ellie on a night out she'll never forget exploring the local mall and the pair share a kiss, before an attack by one of the infected ends in tragedy.

Speaking with Vulture, Reid explained how the pair first met when she bumped into Ramsey heading to a rehearsal, sharing an "instant connection".

“She’s a brilliant talent but also a brilliant person and has the best personality. I’m glad we hit it off as soon as we met because I think our rapport personally informed [our] relationship," she said.

“We spent a month together and saw each other every day. You were kind of forced to create a relationship. Having those conversations, getting to know her, ‘What’s your favourite colour?’ Those entry questions of getting to know a person. You get deeper and the connection starts to grow.”

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She added that the kiss the pair shared onscreen meant a lot to her in terms of "representing queer women and Black queer women".

In a separate interview with Variety, Ramsey agreed the pair shared chemistry both on and off screen, saying they "got along instantly".

"We didn’t have a lot of time to get to know each other beforehand," she said. "We very much just got to know each other as we were shooting, and it helps that we got along instantly. We trust each other and felt very safe with each other. It wasn’t awkward at all."

The Last of Us airs on HBO in the US, and on Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW in the UK.

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