The rumor is spreading around heart plug a touching, lively adult romance that hit Netflix on April 22nd. From May 1, the series has 100% Fresh rating Rotten Tomatoes Tomato Meter and “universal recognition“on CNET’s sister site Metacritic. So what’s the story?
Heartstopper is a British show about gay high school student Charlie (Joe Locke), who develops a relationship with the most surprising classmate – rugby player Nick (Keith Connor). Gay, bisexual and trans characters in the show struggle with bullies, friends, family and growing up, but the show addresses all topics in a positive, often humorous way. Heartstopper avoids clichés, and as many critics point out, watching it just makes you feel good.
The British edition of The Guardian called Heartstopper “probably the most beautiful show on television”, with critic Rebecca Nicholson noting that “by the end of her energetic eight episodes she leaves the feeling of being in the host country in a solid embrace”.
If you recently gave Heartstopper a chance to stop his heart, you can appreciate these facts about the show.
Warning: Spoilers for Heartstopper are coming.
Good luck catching on to the graphic novel
Before the Heartstopper series, Netflix had Heartstopper, a graphic novel and web comic by an English author Alice Oseman. There are four collected volumes of web comics, introduced in the form of a graphic novel, the first was published in 2018, the second in 2019, the third in 2020 and the fourth in 2021.
If you want to acquire graphic novels, you may need to look around. The show certainly made them more popular. My local library has been waiting more than a month to check a copy, and as of May 1, Amazon has set a delivery date for the first volume on May 23. Check with your local bookstore, Target or Barnes & Noble if you want printed books and don’t want to wait.
You can read web comics online
The actor who plays Nick is trying out for Charlie
Once you see the show, it’s hard to imagine anyone but Keith Connor playing rugby player Nick or anyone other than Joe Locke playing Charlie. Yet these roles could be shaken. Connor is actually auditioning first to play Charlie, not Nick. He says he knew it didn’t fit Charlie’s physical description, but he couldn’t resist going for the role because he liked the role.
“I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to get it,’ because there’s nothing in me physically that suits this character,” Connor said. “But then luckily there was Nick that I could get involved in quite well.”
The author receives a cameo
Alice Oseman, the creator of Heartstopper, receives a cameo in the last episode, as a passenger on the train, which includes Nick and Charlie. Do not blink or you may miss it. But if you notice her, you can see that she’s painting – and she’s actually painting Connor and Locke, because the two actors were sitting right across from her.
“I painted them,” Osseman revealed in an update on social media, even sharing the drawing.
There is also a novel about Charlie’s sister
A favorite minor character for many is Charlie’s sister, Torrey, played by Jenny Walser. Believe it or not, Tori actually got his chance in the spotlight first. Oseman’s first novel, Solitaire, published in 2014, follows Tori and a fellow student as they investigate a war with jokes at their school. And if you read it, you’ll learn an important fact about Charlie that wasn’t revealed on the Netflix show.
Nick’s mother is the queen
Nick’s mother doesn’t appear much in Heartstopper, but when she does, fans of British shows will surely recognize her. Yes, Nick’s mother (okay, okay, “mom” because England) is played by Oscar-winning actress Olivia Coleman. Yes, she played Queen Elizabeth II in the last two seasons of The Crown on Netflix. reports the Radio Times that the producers were stunned when Coleman accepted the role, and kept her participation a secret until the show’s premiere.
The famous voice of its director
There is another celebrity in the Heartstopper lineup, but this time viewers never see his face. Legendary British actor and comedian Stephen Fry gives the voice to director Barnes, who runs the Truham Grammar School, the school for boys in the series.
What about animation?
The show is an action drama, but at certain emotional moments short animated elements – leaves, flowers, lightning – add a little something. The images have a distinct style of Oseman’s art. That’s what executive producer Patrick Walters told Pink News the crew called these “Heartstopper moments.”
“I love him,” Walters said. “I hope it makes you goosebumps and makes you bend over when those moments happen.”
Did you notice the Game of Thrones actor?
Sebastian Croft plays Ben, and it’s probably fair to say that Ben isn’t anyone’s favorite character, thanks to the way he treats Charlie. But Croft himself played a much-loved character, the young Ned Stark in Game of Thrones.
Will Heartstopper get a second season?
As for the second season, a Netflix representative would only say that “we have no news to share at the moment.” But at the same time Pink News interview mentioned aboveexecutive producer Patrick Walters sounded enthusiastic.
“Oh, yes, we’d like a second season,” Walters said. “I mean, we have such amazing partners at Netflix, and I really feel like they’re getting the show and understanding the world we’re trying to provide. Given that there are more books in the series, there is more source material to adapt. Alice and I are putting on our hats and starting to think ahead now. “
Follow the cast on social media
Want more from the actors involved in Heartstopper? Here are ways to follow them on social media through Netflix’s Tudum blog.
Follow William Gao, who plays Tao Instagram.
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