During a panel at the Critic’s Choice Award, actor Kit Connor, best known for starring in the Netflix series Heartstopper, lamented the lack of bisexual representation in current movies and series.
At just 18 years old, the artist was forced to come out as bisexual after being accused of “queerbaiting” – a practice in which artists use the LGBTQIA+ community to win over the public. At the time, Connor also regretted being forced to come out of the closet before he was ready for it.
“It’s shocking because a large part of the LGBTQIA+ community is bisexual. It’s a huge community, but we don’t get a lot of representation,” he revealed during the panel.
In addition, he also took the opportunity to talk about what it was like to play Nick in the series.
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“It has been a real pleasure to represent this journey. […] It’s not just finding out whether or not you’re a boy attracted to another boy. It’s also finding out if everything he thought about sexuality is suddenly invalid or if it’s something he still wants to acknowledge. I think that’s something we don’t see very often.”
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Learn more about Heartstopper
In the series, teenagers Charlie and Nick discover that they are more than just friends and have to deal with the difficulties of school and love life. Inspired by the comic of the same name, it’s about a journey of acceptance and love. The complete first season is available on the streaming platform.
In addition to Kit Connor, the cast also includes Joe Locke, Yasmin Finney, Olivia Colman, Sebastian Croft and more.
In May 2022, Netflix confirmed the 2nd season of the series and further stated that it plans at least two more seasons.
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