'Heartstopper' star Kit Connor is " honoured" to be representing bisexuality in his new role.
The 18-year-old actor plays bisexual school boy Nicholas Nelson the upcoming Netflix drama - which is adapted from Alice Oseman’s novel of the same name - and believes “bisexuality has never been explored to this extent.”
Speaking to Metro.co.uk, he said: “I think male bisexuality is even less represented [than female or non-binary]. And I think that’s really special, going into great detail about his journey as a character and his mental struggle.
“It’s not just that confusion of ‘oh, maybe I like a boy? Maybe this isn’t what I thought it was’ and then there’s that layer of ‘oh, do I like boys? Do I like girls? How do I feel?’. There’s just that added layer of mental turmoil and confusion and conflict.
The series follows the story of two lovestruck teenage boys who have to navigate through boarding school as they struggle with their sexuality.
Kit added: “In terms of a story, it creates a really layered complex character and the journey that he goes through. You’ve got sort of similar things going on through shows like 'Sex Education', but never really to this extent. It’s a real honour to be able to play Nick because it’s such an under represented kind of character, really.”
Writer Alice was also keen to explore the concept of bisexuality in her work as she claimed that there was "little" representation of the sexual preference in the arts.
She said: “I think even back when I was writing the comics, I was very aware that there was little bisexual representation anywhere, really, I guess." ’Heartstopper’ celebrates all kinds of different queer experiences, and I like to show a variety of experiences and people who are different. So yeah, it was something that I’ve always been thinking about.”
The first series of 'Heartstopper' is set to premiere on Netflix this Friday (22.04.22).