Netflix fans have taken the actress to their hearts in recent weeks after her portrayal of Elle Argent in the new coming-of-age series.
Heartstopper tells the story of Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) who started out as form buddies at an all-boys high school, but quickly fall in love with each other and embark on a relationship. secret.
The series has been widely praised for its groundbreaking LGBTQ+ storytelling, with countless fans even feeling inspired to hang out with their own families in the wake of the show’s hopeful queer portrayal.
She plays one of Charlie’s best friends in the series, based on Alice Oseman’s graphic novels.
She is trans, and at the beginning of the eight episodes, we see that she has moved from Truham Grammar School to Higgs School for Girls.
Actress Yasmin has spoken openly about the importance of trans representation on screen, expressing her disbelief at the streaming giant wanting to cast a black trans girl to play the 17-year-old student in the first place.
However, like most trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming communities, Yasmin was subject to transphobic comments while simply going about her life.
Taking to Twitter to share a recent incident, she posted a stunning mirror selfie in which she’s wearing a cut-out black dress, with her hair styled in a sleek bob and extra glam makeup.
She wrote alongside the photo that a woman shouted at her “in front of peers” as Yasmin left a restaurant: “Are you a boy or a girl?”
‘Erm Idk what do I look like to you?’ Yasmin wrote, referring to the beautiful selfie.
Yasmin added: “I was clearly in shock when she said that and then she said, ‘I’m not transphobic, I have trans friends.
“At this point I lost hope lol,” she said.
Fans were quick to rally around the Netflix star, reminding ‘Yaz’ that she is “amazing” and that they are “sorry” for the hurtful experience she had.
“I’m so sorry you went through this my love. you are wonderful and beautiful and we are here to remind you everyday if you need it,” one person told her.
“I wish I could wrap her in cotton and protect her from everything and everyone :(” another replied.
One added: “It makes me so angry and the fact that the transphobe used the ‘I have trans friends!’ card makes it even worse. I absolutely hate people. All love to Queen Yaz.
Yasmin, 18, has already amassed a gigantic legion of devoted fans, hitting the one million Instagram follower mark this week following the success of Heartstopper.
Her character on the show has resonated with many viewers, as she represents the joy of being trans, rather than the trauma.
Illustrator Alice, who has worked closely to bring the YA books to life, told Metro.co.uk that: “Her journey is about finding friendships and fitting in at a new school and developing feelings for one of his best friends, and these are just normal teenage things.
“It’s important to show that trans kids also experience these common teen situations and stories.”
Producer Patrick Walters added that Elle needed to be played authentically by a black trans actress, saying that the show almost didn’t happen until they met Yaz.
“It was really scary,” Alice said.
Patrick explained, “Before meeting Yasmin, we were worried that we wouldn’t find the right person to play this role.
“There was a lot of pressure and we felt we couldn’t do the show without finding the right person who could carry you through this story.”
Devoted fans are eagerly awaiting confirmation of a second season of Heartstopper (yes, that includes us), especially as they look forward to seeing the romance between Elle and longtime BFF Tao Xu blossom.
Netflix has yet to confirm if S2 is actually happening, but as it was recently announced that the series has been watched for 23,940,000 hours this week alone (most of those views are from us), we’d be horrified if a second episode was not already on the cards.
Heartstopper is available to stream now on Netflix.
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