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Ncuti Gatwa: 'Sex Education 2' explores LGBTQI+ spectrum

Sami Outalbali and Ncuti Gatwa in "Sex Education". Picture: Screenshot

Sami Outalbali and Ncuti Gatwa in "Sex Education". Picture: Screenshot

Published Jan 21, 2020


 Actor Ncuti Gatwa, who plays a pivotal role in the Netflix series "Sex Education," says the second season, which dropped on January 17, attempts to explore more issues of the LGBTQI+ community.

"I think the first step towards exploring the unexplored side of the LGBTQ community is to show them on screen, to create a visibility. In our show, we are really lucky because the way the story -- as well as each character, has been written - is the real star. 

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"The narrative, as well as the kind of performances we give, is obviously a result of writing. In this season we delved into, rather, expanded our LGBTQ spectrum in the show, to allow more people to come out. That way, the story becomes a lot more exciting in season 2," said Ncuti.

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In "Sex Education", created by Laurie Nunn, Ncuti plays Eric Effiong, a gay boy from Ghanaian-Nigerian.

Asked about how the character has grown in the new season, he said: "We definitely build on and touch upon many scenes, and the story is growing strength to strength in the second season. I think the unity between two women is pretty strong. I like the confidence that Eric returns with in the show."

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He added: "I think in the last season, Eric was a people-pleaser and quite conscious of his identity and how others saw him. In this season, he doesn't care. I think it is very cool to have a black gay character, which is very unapologetic, on screen."

The series also features Emma Mackey, as "bad-girl" teenager Maeve Wiley. She was asked how she wants to see her character evolve if there is a season 3.

"I think I want to see her in more wholesome relationships, and around people who make her happier, as opposed to having people around who are quite toxic," Emma said.

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Asked to share her thought on the challenges of a teenager, she said: "Doing ‘Sex Education' made me realise things at the age of 24 that I did not think of as a teenager. So I would say, if a teenager feels lost, she should watch the show. I see a lot of people underestimate teenagers but I would say, when you are young, don't rush. Take your time. Everything happens for a reason. Just build yourself."

The series also features Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson in prominent roles.

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