Warning: spoilers ahead for Heartstopper season 2.
Fans are pleased to rejoin with their favourite lovebirds Nick (Kit Connor) and Charlie (Joe Locke) as their lovely romance deepens in Heartstopper season 2.
The recent episodes place a strong emphasis on Nick’s desire to come out openly as bisexual, despite his inability to find the perfect words or the ideal moment to do so with his family, friends, and classmates.
During a recent interview, the show’s creator, Alice Oseman, was questioned about how Nick’s plotline in the current episodes mirrored the experience that Kit, 19, experienced in real life when he confessed that he felt ‘forced’ to come out due to fan speculation about his sexuality.
In November of last year, the 18-year-old actor said on social media, ‘Back for a minute. I’m bi. Congratulations on forcing an 18-year-old to come out. I believe some of you missed the show’s message. Bye.’
In the second season of Heartstopper, Nick is compelled to come out after his older brother David (Jack Barton) learns his connection with Charlie and becomes homophobic and biphobic against him.
While Charlie’s pals are aware of his connection with Nick, and Nick informs Imogen (Rhea Norwood) that he is bisexual, Charlie finds it difficult to open out to his rugby team buddies, especially since his friendship with bully Harry (Cormac Hyde-Corrin) deteriorated in season one.
‘It’s a joyful, optimistic, hopeful story, but at the same time, I want it to portray real issues and to explore the more negative sides of all kinds of things, whether that’s coming out or bullying or mental health or homophobia. It does mirror real life for a lot of people and I hope it does, because that’s what I want it to do.’
The author, who wrote and drew the Heartstopper web series and novel on which the programme is based, expressed optimism that the show’s balancing of bright and dark will offer viewers “hope.”
‘I think by showing those hard things while also balancing that with so much joy, it gives people hope, and it shows people that despite these things that you may have to deal with in your life, things are going to be okay in the end,’ Alice said.
‘There is so much joy and happiness and comfort to be found in the relationships around you, in the future. So yeah, that is kind of exactly what Heartstopper is trying to achieve.’
Kit recently reminisced on when he felt compelled to come out, stating that the experience has made him more ‘assured’ in himself.
‘I’m a bit more confident in myself in a very open sense, about who I am, what I can do, the way that I hold myself and the people I spend my time with. I have a lot more pride,’ he told The New York Times.
The actor continued: ‘Telling someone you’re gay or bi or part of the queer community, there’s a thing where you feel like they might see you differently or think that it would change who you are.
‘For me, it’s just who I am. Coming out didn’t change me.’
Heartstopper is available to watch on Netflix.
Source My Celebrity Life.