By Alessandra Nava
Posted in Strip Generation
Here’s a (tough) question: who’s better, American or British boys? Or what is it that makes them differ from each other? It usually works like that: if he’s handsome, fit, has a pretty smile, perfect hair and that James Dean appeal and he’s an American beauty. While if he has a sweet face, constantly in-between puberty and adulthood, has messy hair, a cool outfit and an introverted personality, you’re going for the British allure. Ok, these are stereotypes… but not that much. Which one to choose? Too hard to tell. But if it was up to Netflix, the streaming platform would probably go for the UK team.
Netflix UK, instead, produced many interesting series in the past few months, and gave us new hilarious and interesting characters to love, played by very cool actors as well.
The first one’s Asa Butterfield, the problematic and unconventional teenager named Otis from “Sex Education”. He plays that kind of strange guy in the corner, always out of place and perpetually uncombed. But when he gives advice about sex to his fellows or hands Maeve his cardigan (with his name embroidered, how cute), or waits for her outside the clinic, in which she just had an abortion, with flowers and a sandwich, you just can’t help but be fascinated and partially in love with him. In his everyday life Asa, almost 22, has peculiar interests as well: he’s a geek who vlogs his wild video games sessions in Tokyo and makes hilarious Instagram stories. Oh, and he’s just so effortlessly cool! Check him out on “Il Faut Magazine”, where he rocks a brown suit and platinum blond hair.
It was recently confirmed the Season Two of “The End of the F***ing World”, a short series about two dysfunctional teenagers, in-between drama, comedy and thriller, full of black humor. Its protagonists are Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther, who plays the part of a sociopath with a burning desire: killing his new girlfriend. His character has a complex personality, and through each episode we’re able to see what’s behind his strange fits of passion. Alex, born in 1995, already has a prestigious CV, and took part in massive productions like “Black Mirror” or “The Imitation Game”, where he played next to Benedict Cumberbatch. Skinny boy with blue eyes, always kind of messy, he can rock anything, from the Hawaiian bowling shirt to a very British trench to a total Gucci look.
“Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” was a worldwide phenomenon that let us discover its two talented leading actors, Fionn Whitehead and Will Poulter, who play two 80s geeks who create video games. Fionn has already worked with Christopher Nolan for “Dunkirk”, beside Harry Styles and Tom Hardy, while Will was a member of the craziest family ever in “We’re the Millers”, starring Jennifer Aniston, and he played also Dylan O’Brien’ s enemy in “The Maze Runner”. If Fionn is very reserved and a member of the Anti Social social club, Will has a funny Twitter account, appreciates memes and has a natural comic verve. Handsome in his own way, he has an unquestionable allure, whatever he does, it doesn’t matter if he’s being a sociopathic philosopher with platinum hair and huge glasses in “Black Mirror”, or if he’s posing for the most refined cover magazines in Prada or Calvin Klein, maybe shot by Luca Guadagnino.