The shooting star KIT CONNOR is a “Heartstopper”. The new queer romance globally available on netflix is an adaptation of Alice Oseman’s graphic novels. A story about love, friendship and loyalty. Kit is breaking boundaries with this fictional role and going beyond, helping the new generation to be truly themself.
Kit wears PRADA and LE GRAMME
photographed by Heather Glazzard with fashion by Kamran Rajput and grooming by Benjamin David
“The world beyond is very similar to transcendence. More specifically, transcending social expectations and norms to be as authentic as possible.”— KIT CONNOR
“ I would say that, to me, the world beyond is very similar to transcendence. More specifically, transcending social expectations and norms to be as authentic as possible. I think that those expectations can be so limiting and I find it hard to believe that anyone falls into the strict categories and boxes that we have in society, whilst being completely authentically themselves, therefore, in a sense, everyone has to go beyond to be truly themselves. In Heartstopper, that is the main message for all of the main ensemble characters, as they all go on a journey to go beyond and be authentically themselves.
“There are, of course, so many examples of people in my industry, as well as in the arts as a whole, who do seem to personify this concept of ‘going beyond’; someone like Harry Styles is perhaps one of the most mainstream examples – his authenticity on such a huge stage for all the world to see is extremely powerful and will undoubtedly continue to encourage everyone who sees him do the same and be truly themselves.”
However, I think Heartstopper highlights that, though Harry Styles’ authenticity is amazing, it is just as important as that of a shy, slightly nerdy teenager like Charlie Spring or a popular rugby boy like Nick Nelson. These characters are the kinds of people that you see every day, walking down the street, at school, at work; and I believe what makes their stories in the graphic novels so compelling is the fact that they are very realistic, relatable characters who learn to love and accept themselves. Making the show, we were certainly trying to show that everyone – famous or not – should try to go beyond their expectations, do what makes them happy, discover their true selves, and most importantly, learn to love themselves through that discovery. I believe that people in the public eye being genuinely themselves will never be a bad thing, after all, it empowers so many people to do the same, and that is what can make media such a powerful tool.”
“My only hope for Heartstopper is that, if nothing else, it enables whoever watches it to feel like they can proudly be who they are, and go beyond whatever they think they have to be. “