Peter Paige on future of ‘Jonnor’ on ‘The Fosters’
The terrific show The Fosters had its winter premiere last night (part 2 of season 3) and fans saw our favorite gay teens Jude and Connor be hit with a new wrinkle in their relationship: Connor is moving to Los Angeles.
The sweet romance between the two 13-year-old characters has been such a hit with with the show’s fans that they have given the couple the moniker ‘Jonnor’.
Peter Paige, the show’s co-creator and co-executive producer, says this doesn’t mean the end for the popular pair.
‘Jonnor’s going to try to have a long-distance relationship, and that’s a whole new story. It’s a whole new ball of wax,’ Peter tells The Wrap.
‘With Connor living a few hours away, Jude has a big vacuum in his life, and the big question now is what’s going to fill that.’
It was just last March that Connor (Gavin MacIntosh) and Jude (Hayden Byerly) made TV history when they became the youngest same-sex couple to share an on-screen kiss.
‘I’m not tired of talking about the kiss at all. I don’t think I ever will,’ Peter says. ‘But I don’t know that I feel a lot of responsibility to top it or even to live up to it.
‘I feel a lot of responsibility to honor Jude’s journey and how complicated that is, coming out. Even today and even in a loving LGBT family. I feel the responsibility to do right by Jude, and follow his journey with some integrity.’
The series follows the lives of the Foster family which is headed by an interracial lesbian couple who are raising a blended family of biological, adopted and foster children.
Jude came to the family as an abused foster child and was subsequently adopted into the family. He began questioning his sexuality and the nature of his feelings for Connor.
The pair went on to grapple with something other young couples face: how public should they go with their relationship and do they want to be labeled as gay?
The change in geography for Connor isn’t the only change for the show. It will now air on Freeform which is the new name of the ABC-owned cable channel formerly known as ABC Family.