That lovely lot at Netflix are back with a brand new TV show to get stuck into, and that's Australian series Heartbreak High. The series dropped on the streaming platform today (14 September), and it's been met with tonnes of praise from viewers for one specific reason.
A rebooted version of the original 90s show, 2022 Heartbreak High takes us back to the same school (Hartley High), this time following a whole new group of students. The series centres on student Amerie (Ayesha Madon), who is forced to repair her reputation after creating a tell-all 'sex map' charting her classmate's hook-ups.
However, there's another character viewers have been focusing on, and that's Quinni - with fans applauding the show's representation of Quinni as an autistic character.
Heartbreak High sees character Quinni discussing her autism, opening up to Sasha (Gemma Chua-Tran) about being autistic and how she's "good at masking" (the term used to describe a conscious or unconscious suppression of natural autistic responses).
Viewers have been particularly pleased to discover that Quinni is played by an autistic actor in real life, Chloé Hayden, with many shouting out the show for its accurate portrayal of autism.
Chloé speaks openly about autism on social media, and she's also the author of book 'Different, Not Less' on the topic. Appearing at the Netflix Heartbreak High premiere, she told viewers, "This is the first time we've ever seen correct autism representation, ever. So incredibly important, I've waited my entire life for this representation." [via Octopus Sub Hub].
Fans have been sharing their response to Quinni online, with one tweeting, "Now this is the quality autistic representation we’ve all been needing, I love this. Quinni is easily the favourite."
Another added, "I’m so excited to see autism actually be represented well through media," while more viewers shared their excitement over seeing "authentic autistic representation" on TV.
Now this is the quality autistic representation we’ve all been needing I love this. Quinni is easily the favourite. #HeartbreakHigh
— Liz 🍂🐨 (@ultratitas) September 14, 2022
ONE HOUR UNTIL HEARTBREAK HIGH WOOHOOOO i’m so excited to see autism actually be represented well through media 😍😍 @chloeshayden
— jess 🫂 (@hopeurokayyyy) September 14, 2022
YALL HEARTBREAK HIGH DROPS ON NETFLIX IN AN HOUR. I GET TO SEE AUTHENTIC AUTISTIC REP ON MY TELEVISION IN AN HOUR
— riley 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@rileyswan) September 14, 2022
Heartbreak High is streaming now on Netflix.
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