Young Royals and Heartstopper fans, unite! Edvin Ryding and Omar Rudberg are on board for a crossover between the two beloved queer teen shows, and they even have a storyline in mind…

Both series have premiered on Netflix within the past year to universal critical acclaim, while garnering millions of fans around the world and catapulting their respective stars to global superstardom.

Created and written by Lisa Ambjörn, Young Royals follows the blossoming romance between the fictional Prince Wilhelm of Sweden (Ryding) and his classmate Simon (Rudberg).

Heartstopper, based on the webcomic and graphic novel of the same name from Alice Oseman, chronicles the love story between teenagers Charlie (Joe Locke) and Nick (Kit Connor).

With multiple stories of LGBTQ+ love and three-dimensional characters that don’t conform to harmful tropes, Young Royals and Heartstopper have been credited with changing LGBTQ+ representation on the small screen for the better.

In the new issue of GAY TIMES, Omar says it would be “fucking iconic” and “amazing” to get to know the cast of Heartstopper, particularly the two leads.

“They are much alike in various aspects, but there’s also two very different kinds of stories,” adds Edvin, who pitches the following idea for the crossover (aka the queer teen equivalent of Avengers: Endgame). 

Photography: Hanifah Mohammad for GAY TIMES

Photography: Jasper Rens van Es for GAY TIMES

“If Nick and Charlie travelled to Stockholm…” he starts.

“Maybe this is like season eight of Young Royals and Simon is a successful singer and the biggest one in Sweden. Charlie’s a big fan, so he takes Nick to Stockholm to see Simon sing. You see where I’m going here?”

Edvin adds: “Let’s call Alice [Oseman] and Lisa [Ambjörn], make them write something together.” 

The second season of Young Royals premieres 1 November on Netflix.

In their cover story, Omar says he “screamed with happiness” when he read the new scripts, while Edvin admits that he’s “pretty anxious” leading up to the release because he “didn’t understand why [Wilhelm] did what he did this season.”

I feel like it’s a double-sided nervousness because I’m nervous to see what [the fans] think,” continues Edvin. “I don’t think they’re prepared for what’s coming!

“I can’t say how they will interpret this season and the way the characters act but I’m also nervous, but excited nervous.” 

The brand new issue of GAY TIMES also includes interviews with My Policeman star David Dawson and the cast of BBC Three’s groundbreaking new slasher comedy Wreck, while diving into the all-LGBTQ+ cast of Bros and how queer women have shaped the horror genre.

You can read our full interview with Young Royals’ Edvin Ryding and Omar Rudberg from 14 October via the GAY TIMES app, Apple News+, Readly and Flipster