Netflix’s “Heartstopper” is one of the streamers most popular series to date and the popularity quickly earned the show a two season renewal and that’s rare of Netflix!
In the first week, the series was watched for 14,550,000 million hours. The second week saw a massive 65% growth in viewership, rising to 23,940,000 million hours. It featured for an additional week only seeing a 37% decline in viewing hours.
The show is still ranking on Rotten Tomatoes with a great Critic and Audience score.
So what attracted “Heartstopper” stars Kit Connor and Joe Locke to the series? In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, the two let the fans know!
HWR: What was your first encounter with Alice Oseman’s books? Did you feel an instant kinship with Nick and Charlie?
KIT CONNOR I think my first experience of actually reading Heartstopper was just before I did my self-tape. I was originally auditioning for Charlie. And I was like, this is never gonna happen, but I’m still going to try. But I do think the character of Nick is so relatable to so many people in so many different ways; I can relate to him in so many ways. There’s that general kind of surface-level popularity that he experiences at school, which seems like it kind of gives him value. And then, obviously, throughout season one of the show, he starts to reevaluate whether it’s what he really cares about. That’s something I really found very interesting about his storyline. But they’re also really sweet characters. And they both just care about each other so much, which is so much fun to play.
JOE LOCKE Yeah, I think me and Charlie have so many similarities. He’s very … I was gonna say the word “intelligent,” but I don’t want to use that word to describe myself. (Laughs.) He’s very nerdy — that’s the word. He’s very nerdy, and I’m quite nerdy. He’s quite introverted. I instantly saw myself in him. But he also has this really cool, quiet confidence within him that I don’t think I have. I could never have joined a rugby team for some boy I liked. Or told someone I liked them. He knows what he wants in life and knows himself so well. I really admire that in him as a character.”
We think this shows authenticity and gives fans a great look into why these two were chosen to play Nick and Charlie.
Heartstopper is based on graphic novels by the show’s writer, Alice Oseman. The series stars Kit Connor, Joe Locke, William Gao, Yasmin Finney, Corinna Brown, Kizzy Edgell, Tobie Donovan, Rhea Norwood, Jenny Walser, Sebastian Croft, Cormac Hyde-Corrin, Fisayo Akinade, Chetna Pandya, Stephen Fry, and Olivia Colman. The story follows the life of Charlie Spring (Locke), a gay student who falls in love with his friend and classmate Nick Nelson (Connor). The show also follows the lives of their friends Tao (Gao), Elle (Finney), Tara (Brown), Darcy (Edgell), and Isaac (Donovan).