Joe Locke is opening up about experiencing body dysmorphia and relating to his Heartstopper character’s struggles.
The 19-year-old actor shared about the subject that will be explored in the Netflix show’s upcoming second season, which is based off of the graphic novel series by Alice Oseman.
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“We grow up with the characters, but we’re also growing up [as people],” Joe told British GQ. “Their views of the world are changing, and those changes happen quite quickly when you’re a teenager because of hormones and school being horrible.”
“Part of that is because most teen shows have 30-year-olds playing 17-year-olds!” he said about the unrealistic standards of teens’ bodies on TV. “They have actual adult bodies; 17-year-olds don’t look like that!”
“I feel like everyone sees weaknesses and problems in their own bodies,” he added. “[For me], they’ve been heightened in the last year because more people are seeing my face and seeing the things that I hate about myself.”
Joe also opened up about something he used to be insecure about, but now embraces.
“I tried to convince my mum to get them pinned back. But I remember one day my friend [held them back] and was like, ‘Do you really want to look like that?’” he said. “Now I really like my ears. I think they’re a defining feature of me.”
In the same interview, Joe‘s co-star Kit Connor talked about social media and how the two lean on each other for support.
ICYMI: Joe was recently announced to be cast in a major upcoming project!
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