Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney has revealed her dream role – she wants to be the first transgender Bond girl, and we’re so here for it.
The Netflix star, 18, , almost overnight, after coming-of-age series Heartstopper landed on the streaming service just two months ago.
In fact, the entire cast – which includes Kit Connor and Joe Locke – has been catapulted to fame, with the TV show achieving major success and already being .
Yasmin plays Elle Argent, a trans student who is navigating life, love, and friendships after transferring from Truham boys’ school to Higgs school for girls.
Since the show aired, Yaz has landed a role in the Doctor Who 60th anniversary celebrations and – but the sky is the limit for her and she wants to go full blockbuster next.
The teen star told : ‘I would love to be a trans Bond girl or just a Bond girl in general. I love James Bond.
‘Every time I watch a Bond film, I think I would love to be that cool, sexy Bond girl that has never been done before.’
Yasmin added that Caroline Cossey has been an inspiration to her, after watching her as an extra in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only.
Caroline, now 60, is also trans, and has been open about how being outed by the press deeply impacted her mental health.
Yasmin says Caroline – who was the first trans women to model for Playboy in the early 1990s – inspired her ‘to be the positive representation that James Bond never had.’
‘There are people in the industry that were transphobic, but now they aren’t because of the way things are changing. I’d rather not fight it and be a part of it’, she added.
And being a part of it is certainly what Yaz is doing, as not only did she attend her first London Trans+ Pride recently, she to a crowd of thousands, reminding everyone that trans people ‘aren’t going anywhere’.
She also took home the Pride Icon award at the Attitude Awards 2022, which she said was an ‘honour’.
As if that wasn’t enough, she’s garnered a whole host of celebrity fans in a short space of time, also revealing that Sam Smith – whose Bond song Writing’s On The Wall won a Golden Globe in 2016 – followed her on social media.
‘Sam followed me the other day. They were someone I would listen to in school when I was getting bullied’, Yasmin shared.
Filming for season 2 of Heartstopper is expected to start later this year, with fans already having sleepless nights with excitement for their favourite characters to return.
In future seasons, viewers of the show – which is based off Alice Oseman’s graphic novels – are hoping for romance to blossom between BFFs Elle and Tao Xu (William Gao).
Heartstopper is streaming now on Netflix.
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