I’ve added a new poster of Millie promoting Stranger Things. I can’t wait for the new season!
For the Child Stars of Stranger Things, Fame Hasn’t Changed a Thing. Almost.
Since Stranger Things debuted in 2016, the core tween-and-teen members of the cast have handed out peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches during a live Emmys telecast; celebrated ecstatically on national television when they won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best TV drama ensemble; met President Obama, who, according to actress Millie Bobby Brown, told them they were “cool”; appeared before thousands of screaming fans at Comic-Con; been celebrated on social media every time one or more of them does virtually anything semi-adorable; and seen their series get nominated this year for a slew of Emmys, including one for Brown’s performance as the telekinetically powerful Eleven. (The Stranger Things kids will not be on Emmy PB&J duty this year, America.)
Ask the members of this gang of six — that would be Brown, 13; Finn Wolfhard, 14; Gaten Matarazzo, 14; Caleb McLaughlin, 15; Noah Schnapp, 12; and now Sadie Sink, 15, who joins the cast in the forthcoming second season as a skater girl named Max — what feels most different about their lives now versus a year ago, and they’ll mention how often they get recognized in public or how many new followers they’ve gained on Instagram. But otherwise, they insist their day-to-day is mostly the same.
“It’s definitely been affected by the show a big bunch, but it’s not different,” says Brown. “I’m still the same person.” (For the record, during this interview, Brown requested a can of Coke to drink. She did not, however, crush it using her mind.)
“A lot of people consider us famous, but I think we all hate the F-word,” says Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, the one with the infectious grin. “All we are is people doing our job, and our job happens to be in the public eye a lot.”
As improbable as it sounds, given the toxicity that often results from mixing youth with sudden celebrity, the members of the Stranger Things cast come across exactly like their characters on the show: as good, grounded kids who genuinely like and support one another.
During production of the second season of Stranger Things — which took place over eight months in Atlanta starting last fall, under what the cast admits was a lot of pressure to replicate season one’s success — the six actors regularly messaged one another in a group chat they named “Stranger Texts.” They rarely brought their phones to set, though, opting to spend their downtime engaging in more old-fashioned pursuits. “We play cards, we play Monopoly, we play games in the school trailer,” Brown says. “As soon as we’re working, we’re kind of like those ’80s kids again.” They often hung out together off-set, too, taking day trips to Six Flags and trick-or-treating as a unit, which, since they were in costume, mostly enabled them to go unrecognized. “This one kid was like, ‘Are you the cast from Stranger Things?’ ” Brown recalls. “And I was all like, ‘No, I’m Harley Quinn.’ ”
Even outside of filming and their various publicity commitments, the kids stay in touch — though, as is typical in any group dynamic, some one-on-one relationships are closer than others. Brown and Sink, for example, immediately connected as the only two girls of the group and planned a late-summer vacation together with their families. If there’s any latent jealousy between any of them, it’s not apparent. Schnapp — whose character, Will, is absent from much of season one after getting sucked into the Upside Down, the show’s disturbing parallel universe — was sometimes sidelined from the onslaught of media attention in the first season. When asked if that was hard for him, he simply says it’s been nicer in season two, now that Will has a more front-and-center role in the story. Then his castmates immediately jump to his defense.
“Noah wasn’t a part of a lot of the press stuff” last season, says Wolfhard, who plays Mike. “I remember we were super-bummed when we heard that he wasn’t coming to The Tonight Show. But now it’s all cool.”
“And now we have Sadie,” Schnapp says, careful to make sure no one feels left out.
“We really are best friends, I feel like,” says Matarazzo, and Sink jumps in to say: “It’s not an act.”
At least one thing has changed for these kids, Wolfhard concedes. Back home in Vancouver, Canada, he says, “The bullies at my school are kind of afraid of me now. Which is great.”
*This article appears in the August 21, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.
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In Stranger Things’ first season, friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) teamed up to find their missing chum Will (Noah Schnapp). Now, with Will safe back at home—though new friend Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) has vanished—things will be a bit different for the group in the aftermath of what they previously faced.
We spoke with the Stranger Things cast in our TV Insider Studios during San Diego Comic-Con 2017—including new addition Sadie Sink, who plays tomboy Max—about working together on the Netflix hit.
Though Stranger Things season 2 is still months away, Netflix is making the wait a little easier for us by offering up its stars for magazine features and TV interviews early. The four main boys of the crew are on the September cover of Nylon Guys, for instance, but what we picked up from their interview was really about the girls of the show. It seems the addition of new girl Max, played by Sadie Sink, was great news to breakout star Millie Bobby Brown.
“She’s a skater, sort of a punk girl, and she slowly becomes part of the group,” Finn Wolfhard (Mike) told Nylon. In a parenthetical, the writer says Brown was “relieved” to have another girl on the set, according to creators Matt and Ross Duffer.
When Sink’s character was first announced, Variety reported that she was “a tomboy with a complicated history and a serious streak.” At San Diego Comic-Con, she explained to Entertainment Weekly that Max just moved to Hawkins from California.
In the Stranger Things season 2 trailer, we can see a glimpse of Max, looking either sullen or uneasy as she slouches in her desk at school.
As little as we know of Max, we know even less of how Brown’s character Eleven will make it back to this side of reality, so it’s impossible to say what kind of scenes the two young actresses will have together. Even if they have none, we can guess doing all that press with one more girl around must be nicer. (No offense to Nancy or Barb, of course — we’re talking core kids’ crew.)
In an interview with Access Hollywood at Comic-Con, Sink described what it was like to join the tight-knit cast.
“It was a little bit daunting at first but we all clicked automatically,” she said. “We all bonded over some little thing. It really worked out perfectly that all of our personalities just really, really clicked, and I’m so lucky to be working with all of them.”
I’ve added some new (old) portraits of Millie from last year to the gallery and also replaced a set with high quality ones. I’ve also added some photos from the “I Dare You” music video. Enjoy.
I added this video to the site over the weekend on our SDCC Master Post with all the photos and videos of Millie from the convention, but I thought I would share it again for those who have missed it. It looks so good! Enjoy!
I will be adding all the videos and photos of Millie from San Diego Comic Con in this post throughout the weekend so it’s all in one location. Thanks to my friends Sara, Mary, and Carol for a few images.
I will add images and videos as they surface.
2017: July 22 – SDCC – Panel
2017: July 22 – SDCC – Sirius XM
2017: July 22 – SDCC – TV Guide
2017: SDCC Photo Session (Portraits)
2017: SDCC Photo Session (TV Line)
2017: SDCC Photo Session (ET)
2017: SDCC Photo Session (EW)
2017: SDCC Photo Session (BuzzFeed)
2017: SDCC Photo Session (Press Conference)
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Although Game of Thrones has been one of the highest-nominated series in recent years, other dramas didn’t have to worry about competing against the HBO show this time around: The drama wasn’t eligible this year because its sixth season premiere (which is on Sunday) is after the cutoff date.
The category instead included fellow HBO series Westworld — which picked up 22 total nominations — along with AMC’s Better Call Saul, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, NBC’s This Is Us, and Netflix’s House of Cards, Stranger Things, and The Crown.
As for comedies, mainstays like HBO’s Veep and ABC’s Modern Family received the Outstanding Comedy Series nod with ABC’s Black-ish, HBO’s Silicon Valley, FX’s Atlanta, and Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Master of None. Saturday Night Live, too, had a good weekday, tying Westworld with 22 total noms.
The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live nationwide on CBS.
Best Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
This Is Us
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale