Only the beginning! A month after its success on Netflix, Heartstopper received renewal for two seasons which will continue to focus on Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Keith Connor) blossoming romance.
“We were very happy with the global response Heartstopper and I can’t wait to continue the story for two more seasons,” said the creator Alice Asseman read in May 2022.
Innovative series, which is based on Oseman’s graphic novels of the same name, explores the growing bond between high schoolers Charlie and Nick. Charlie after he was recently released from school discovers that he is in love with his new friend Nick. The popular rugby player, for his part, begins to question his sexuality because of his connection with Charlie.
Ahead of the show’s debut, Oseman talked about the process finding the right actors to play iconic roles. “We wanted young actors, we wanted an authentic cast, [and] apparently, talented people were needed. So we knew it was going to be a tough, tough task. But for some reason they just found us,” Oseman told Netflix Tudum in April 2022, noting that Locke and Connor’s script read sealed the deal. “They did a scene leading up to the first kiss.”
The writer added: “We already knew they were both really talented actors, but we needed to know if the dynamic would work, if there would be chemistry and if they could deliver on Nick and Charlie’s romance. And they broke. It was like Nick and Charlie came to life in front of me.”
It was also important to Asseman Heartstopper was flippant when it came to LGBTQ representation. “There’s a lot of amazing content on TV now, but it’s definitely for adults. A lot of queer stories are still very serious or focused on trauma,” she said, before mentioning the show’s happier moments. “I always think that a trope is a trope for a reason. Tropes can feel overused. But when it features marginalized characters, you probably haven’t seen it as often as you think.”
Connor, whose character comes out as bisexualpraised the series for offering young fans a chance to see themselves on screen.
“One of the biggest motivations is the lack of representation of bisexual characters, especially bisexual male characters. There really aren’t that many of them [on screen]although I know Sexual education has a main male bisexual character. But you know this show is very focused on that,” he said Rocketman said the actor Entertainment Weekly in May 2022. “Like, one of the biggest storylines is Nick exploring his sexuality. I guess one of the problems with a show like this is that it’s never “one size fits all”.
The England-born continued: “We’ve really gone out of our way to be as inclusive and representative as possible. but at the same time, everyone’s life experience is different. We tried really hard to reflect that and create a safe space especially for the queer community.”
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