‘Heartstopper’ star Joe Locke’s favourite guilty pleasure movie
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'Heartstopper' star Joe Locke's favourite guilty pleasure movie

The latest season of Heartstopper dropped recently on Netflix and has been certified a hit. The series, known for its heartfelt portrayal of young love, has transformed its stars into household names with growing fan bases. 

As fans crave more insight into their beloved actors, Netflix orchestrated an engaging interaction between the two leads, Kit Connor and Joe Locke.

Among the various questions posed by fans, one query was about Locke’s favourite guilty pleasure movie. Heartstopper’s Connor read the fan question to Locke, “What is your favourite movie that you’re a bit ashamed to like?”

Locke confessed, “Oh, I love Bridget Jones’ Diary,” before noting, “Actually, I am not ashamed of that movie!” Connor chimed in to say, “Yeah, I think that’s a great movie.” Locke, however, cheekily admitted, “Well, I am gonna say that one anyway because it’s a great movie, but maybe I’m slightly ashamed of that being in my top five favourite films of all time.”

The revelation that Bridget Jones’ Diary is among Joe Locke’s top favourites was met with playful scepticism from Kit Connor, who teased, “Oh, top five, maybe…okay. Yeah, that’s pretty embarrassing.” But Locke was still adamant it is a great film nonetheless, “Yeah, but it’s just a really good film.” Connor concurred, “It is a great film, to be fair.” 

For the Gen Z and Gen Alpha fans of Heartstopper, who might be unaware of the hold Bridget Jones’ Diary had on the generations prior, the film was released in 2001 and directed by Sharon Maguire. It starred Renée Zellweger as the titular Bridget Jones, Colin Firth as Mark Darcy, and Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Helen Fielding, with a screenplay adapted by Andrew Davies, Richard Curtis, and Helen Fielding herself. 

This romantic comedy had us all convinced that the wonderful Zellweger was fat but still deserving of two hot blokes fighting over her. In the noughties, mainstream Hollywood was quite a bit batty in their depiction of women. After all, we were only just stumbling out of the heroic chic era when Kate Moss became a pop culture phenomenon for saying, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”