“Purple Hearts” star Nicholas Galitzine is amazed at the attention he is getting from the Netflix blockbuster.
Since its release on July 29, the romantic drama has been watched for over 150 million hours making it the most successful Netflix film of 2022.
Speaking with PEOPLE, Galitzine admits that the rush of support for the film has been “overwhelming.”
“I could never have imagined [the success of the film],” he says. “What was on screen was a testament to all the hard work we put in and our want to collaborate. And the fact that that could have such a crazy resonance is very much hard to process.”
Based on Tess Wakefield’s book of the same name, “Purple Hearts” tells the story of two people with very different ideologies, Cassie (Carson) and Luke (Galitzine), who enter a “marriage of convenience” with unexpected results.
For Galitzine, he was drawn to the script because the character “felt very different” from any role he’d done before. “There was the obvious love story from the outset, but it was portrayed in a dimension that was very unusual and something I hadn’t seen before.”
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Given the widespread support for the film, fans are already hoping for another film. While Galitzine is keeping coy about a green light from Netflix, he says the support means the world to him and the cast.
“We’ll see what happens, for sure,” Galitzine teases about the possibility of a sequel. “Even privately we joke about what would happen and how to possibly continue the story, because the script would have to be good. It would have to make sense. It would have to work. There are many different ways it could go, and we’ll wait and see if it’s the right story. But it’s very cool to see people asking for a second one.”
“Purple Hearts” is now streaming on Netflix.
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