Heartstopper‘s Kit Connor has spoken about why he’s not interested in labelling his sexuality and why it’s important not to “pressure” others to come out.
Connor has captured hearts worldwide playing Nick Nelson, a bisexual teen who realises he’s in love with best friend Charlie Spring (Joe Locke), in Netflix’s queer hit Heartstopper.
Online, people have speculated about the 18-year-old’s sexuality after his performance in the TV series, which is based on Alice Oseman’s popular web-comic.
The actor previously shut down such speculation on Twitter, writing this month, “Twitter is so funny man. Apparently some people on here know my sexuality better than I do.”
Connor has addressed the tweet in more detail while speaking on the podcast Reign with Josh Smith.
He said the cast of Heartstopper are “all so young” so any speculation about “our sexualities” may “pressure us to come out when maybe we’re not ready”.
“I mean, for me, I feel like I’m perfectly confident and comfortable with my sexuality,” he elaborated.
“I’m not too big on labels and things like that. I’m not massive about that, and I don’t feel like I need to label myself, especially publicly.”
He explained that he felt that his tweet was “sort of slightly calling them out” for the commentary, and he “found it a little bit funny” that people are still “just making assumptions” about people’s identities.
“It feels a bit strange to make assumptions about a person’s sexuality just based on hearing their voice or seeing their appearance,” Connor said.
“I feel like that’s a very interesting, slightly problematic sort of assumption to make.”
Kit Connor reveals his hopes for Heartstopper season 2
Fans cheered recently when Netflix confirmed the streamer had renewed Heartstopper for two more seasons.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Kit Connor said of season two he had “absolutely no clue” what was in store.
“I put all my trust into [author Alice Oseman]. But in terms of, I suppose what I’d like to see for Nick, I think just the strengthening of Nick and Charlie’s relationship,” he continued.
“In Season 1, we very much see the young love and the beginnings of their relationship.
“I think that it would be lovely, you know – not just to act – also just to see, as well, their relationship just, sort of, get stronger and blossom.”
Connor said it was “pretty incredible” and “pretty emotional” seeing the impact the show has had on people.
“Seeing different things like people using scenes to come out to their parents is just, like, unbelievable,” he added.
“There’s never enough queer people being genuinely happy on screen. It’s so important that we are doing that.”
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