Heartstopper’s Kit Connor Bulked Up for Season 2 Due to Fan Criticism

Package Connor modified his exercise routine earlier than returning to play Nick in season 2 of Netflix’s Heartstopper — a choice influenced by the present’s followers.

Connor, 19, recalled having his physique get in comparison with the graphic novel model of Nick Nelson, a teen rugby participant. “I wouldn’t say I used to be compelled into it by followers, but it surely was me as a younger grownup coming to phrases with the physique that I had and feeling I wasn’t utterly geared up to play the function,” he informed Vulture in an interview revealed on Tuesday, July 17. “That wasn’t a great way of considering, however I used to be a teen. I nonetheless am.”

The actor rose to stardom after becoming a member of the TV adaptation of Alice Oseman‘s Heartstopper e book collection. Connor performs a highschool athlete who begins to query his sexuality after growing a friendship with fellow scholar Charlie (Joe Locke).

After Heartstopper blew up on social media, Connor discovered himself — and his courting life — on the heart of fan consideration. He addressed accusations of queer baiting in October 2022 after being noticed spending time with ​Maia Reficco, his costar from A Cuban Lady’s Information to Tea and Tomorrow.

“Again for a minute. i’m bi. congrats for forcing an 18 yr outdated to out himself. i feel a few of you missed the purpose of the present. bye,” Connor tweeted on the time.

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Earlier this month, Connor mirrored on feeling strain to publicly come out.

Package Connor in season 1 of ‘Heartstopper’.
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“I simply felt prefer it wasn’t one thing I used to be prepared to speak about. I wasn’t offended. I used to be simply barely dissatisfied by this response,” he informed British Vogue on July 4. “I feel there’s nearly a sense that as a result of I’d been within the business for a short while, there was nearly this understanding that it’s like, ‘Oh, effectively, he can take it.’ I feel ‘compelled’ isn’t the proper phrase I’d use, however I’d say that I’d have most well-liked to do it one other means. I additionally don’t know if I’d have ever carried out it. However on the finish of the day, I don’t remorse it. In some ways, it was actually empowering.”

Connor additionally mentioned coming to phrases together with his sexual orientation earlier than his involvement with Heartstopper, including, “It was only a very pure course of for me. I didn’t actually have an ‘Oh, s—t’ second. It simply grew to become increasingly more evident.”

The Rocketman star admitted that he struggled to slot in as a result of stereotypes round bisexuality. “It’s the expertise of possibly you’re too straight to be homosexual and also you’re too homosexual to be straight. So, it’s like, ‘The place do I sit?’ However I really feel rather more safe in myself now,” he defined.