“Heartstopper” – The show where LGBT teens recognize themselves

The new British Netflix hit is called “Heartstopper” and is not only popular with LGBT fans. The eight-part series about finding your own identity and your first great love is currently inspiring millions!

It centers on two boys in love: lanky teenager Charlie Spring (played by 18-year-old Joe Locke) and school heartthrob and cool rugby player Nick Nelson (played by Kit Connor, also 18-year-old).


Actor Kit Connor (18) with leading actor Joe Locke (18)

Actor Kit Connor (18) with leading actor Joe Locke (18)Photo: Netflix

That’s what it’s about

It only took one word for Charlie to have a crush at his boys’ school: “Hi.” That – and a smile from Nick – and it’s over for the last student who was bullied. And Nick also seems to like the outed Charlie. But probably not in the romantic way. Or is it?

“Heartstopper” is different from many things, even if the plot is not particularly innovative and all arcs of tension are resolved quickly. It is a queer and diversely told school series with a particularly touching, romantic love story, which is occasionally enriched with small animations such as little hearts and butterflies.

Gays, lesbians, trans people, blacks and whites appear in their roles in a pleasantly relaxed manner in “Heartstopper”. Series such as “Sex Education”, “Queer as Folk” or the coming-out film “Beautiful Thing” from the 90s served as models.

The series is based on the comic novels of the same name by Alice Oseman (27), who also co-wrote the screenplay. Also well thought out: the lovingly created soundtrack.

Oscar winner plays the mother

Probably the best-known face only appears in a few scenes: Oscar winner Olivia Colman (48, “The Favorite – Intrigue and Madness”, “The Crown”) plays Nick’s mother in the series.


Actress Olivia Cole (right) plays Charlie's mother and thinks that her son

Actress Olivia Cole (right) plays Charlie’s mother and thinks that her son “behaves much more normally than usual” in Nick’s (left) presence.Photo: Netflix

With “Heartstopper” young actor Joe Locke became famous almost overnight. He says: “Our story isn’t based on sex because our characters will be 15 and 16 on the show. So it’s more about relationships and love. It’s a more optimistic work. It shows the really beautiful things about queer life.”


The smartphone is becoming the No. 1 communication tool and repeatedly takes viewers into typical teenage conversations with clever overlays

The smartphone is becoming the No. 1 communication tool and repeatedly takes viewers into typical teenage conversations with clever overlaysPhoto: Netflix

The series has been available on the streaming service since the end of April – and has been in the top 10 of the Netflix charts since it started.

Gay Disney Prince?

In the future, Locke wants to continue to work on projects that “mean something” and tell particularly “upbeat LGBT stories”. He recently told the Independent: “I would love to play Disney’s first gay prince. That’d be wonderful.”

The reason is as simple as it is logical: He wants to show people that gays and lesbians can also have a happy ending: “I think a lot of queer people grow up with the feeling that they don’t deserve love because (…) they don’t get the same Support is given like straight people.”


Charlie (right) can even be persuaded to play on the school rugby team to be close to Nick (left).

Charlie (right) can even be persuaded to play on the school rugby team to be close to Nick (left).Photo: Netflix

Co-star Connor also wants “more positive portrayals of LGBT romance,” according to NBC News. What are the two main actors hoping for? Clearly: a second season of “Heartstopper”.

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