Kit Connor on What Makes ‘Heartstopper’ Different from Other Queer Shows: “We’re Not Sexualizing It”

Nick Nelson

Kit Connor has spoken up on what makes the hit queer Netflix TV series ‘Heartstopper’ different from other queer shows.

In an interview with The Guardian, the 19-year-old actor reflected on “the anti-Euphoria thing” as the difference between their series compared to other existing popular queer media.

Connor explained that ‘Heartstopper’ wanted to push the message that “being queer can be beautiful” in contrast to other LGBT content that can be dark and depressing which also involves a lot of trauma.

Ahead of the season 2 premiere, the bisexual actor assured that while there will be adversities for the second season of the show, there will also be “highs that will be worth fighting for.”

Connor also expressed his surprise at how well the show performed in the US and the UK, and how it deviated from the usual heavy sexualization of coming-of-age dramas. 

“Especially with 18-year-olds; I thought it might hit a slightly lower age group. I was looking at the TV shows people my age were watching, and it was super-saturated with dark, sexual content, pretty stressful-to-watch shows,” Connor told Guardian.

Additionally, Connor claimed that while he does not think there is a lack of queer sex in the media, queer people on screen, especially gay and bisexual men, are most often heavily sexualized.

‘Heartstopper’ has been lauded by fans for being a breath of fresh air in queer representation, as it boasts authentic queer characters played by a diverse cast which now includes Felix, played by trans and disabled actor Ash Self, and James McEwan, played by autistic actor Bradley Riches.

The series also ranked as the fifth most-watched Netflix show in the English language without featuring drugs, sex, or smoking.

 

Heartstopper season two drops on Netflix on August 3.

 

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