Author and screenwriter Alice Oseman said she “can’t believe” Olivia Colman agreed to appear in her Netflix series Heartstopper.
The 48-year-old Oscar winner stars as Nick’s mother in the drama, which follows the lives of Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson after they meet and fall in love at school.
Oseman, 27, wrote the popular graphic novel series Heartstopper, which has sold a million copies since its publication.
She previously said that a large part of showing realistic experiences comes from authentic casting, and she was very particular about who would take on the roles of Charlie, Nick, and the other characters on the show.
Discussing the casting of Colman on the show, she said, “I was shocked. When we discussed getting a big name to be Nick’s mom, I literally thought, there’s no way that’s going to happen.
“This is the dumbest idea ever and there is literally no point in doing this.
“But we tried anyway and Olivia wanted to do it and I just couldn’t believe it.
“There’s really no other way to put it, I was just shocked but so, so happy because she’s such an incredible actress, she brings so much to this character and all the scenes with Nick’s mom just feel so special and subtle and fair to really nice performance.”
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Joe Locke will make his screen debut with Charlie, while Nick will be played by Kit Connor, who previously played young Elton John in the singer-songwriter biopic Rocketman.
Oseman said Colman “cried” after she filmed the coming-out scene with her son on screen.
She said: “She seemed really enjoying it. She was only on set for two days and to be honest I haven’t spoken to her much because we’re on set and it’s very intense.
“But I feel like she really loved the story and really bonded with Kit, who plays Nick, and just enjoyed working with him.
“I remember when they were rehearsing the coming out scene, she just cried because she thought Kit was so adorable. It was an amazing experience.”
Also in the show are William Gao who plays Tao Xu, Yasmin Finney as Elle Argent, Corinna Brown as Tara Jones, Kizzy Edgell as Darcy Olsson, Sebastian Croft as Ben Hope, Jenny Walser as Tori Spring and Fisayo Akinade as Mr. Ajayi.
Heartstopper launched on Netflix on Friday.
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