Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa Responds To ‘Toxic’ Criticisms
Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa has spoken out about criticisms of Eric and Adam’s relationship, agreeing that it ‘hasn’t come from the healthiest beginnings.’
Despite having been severely bullied by him for much of the first season, season two ends with Eric choosing Adam over Rahim, and in season 3 the pair are officially together as a couple.
However, while some viewers are happy that the fan favourite character has found happiness, others have expressed disappointment at the development, pointing out that his relationship with Adam has been ‘toxic’ for the majority of the show.
Now, Gatwa has given his take on Eric and Adam’s history, telling E! News that while he agrees the pair’s relationship is complicated, he has tried to view the storyline from his character’s point of view.
Gatwa explained that rather than judging Eric’s decision, he tried to get into his character’s ‘mental space,’ which helped him to understand that ’16-year-olds don’t make the best decisions for themselves’ and ‘queer youth don’t have a blueprint for life.’
Yet despite feeling sympathy for Eric’s situation, Gatwa acknowledged he has mixed feelings about his relationship with Adam, saying that if Eric were a woman, ‘you would not be encouraging him to get with somebody that has beat him up for six years.’
He also added that he felt Eric had previously been ‘stifling himself for the purpose of Adam’s growth,’ as the headmaster’s son wrestled with his own identity in seasons one and two.
However ultimately, Gatwa said he felt there was a strong ‘connection’ between the two characters that made the complexity of the relationship interesting to explore.
It’s a relationship of two people that really care about each other and have a connection with each other, but it hasn’t came from the healthiest beginnings, it has been a toxic relationship up until this point, and throughout season two as well.
It’s very bittersweet isn’t it? I don’t know that they ever get the happy moment, because I think they’re constantly still trying to figure out themselves, and trying to figure out how to be themselves with each other.
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