Stars all over Hollywood are taking photos with the kids from Stranger Things (or trying to, in the case of Amy Adams, who photo-bombed the stars and Amy Schumer last month). But it takes more than fame or an adorable selfie to be a part of the Stranger Things squad. In fact, the kids have 10 hard-and-fast rules for being their BFF, including loving The Clash, never ditching a friend at the pool, and no mouth-breathers allowed. (Duh.)
Check out the video above from the set of our Entertainment Weekly cover shoot to find out from Millie Bobbie Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), and Noah Schnapp (Will) what it really takes to roll with them.
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As with any good thing that arises, as soon as Stranger Things hit Netflix and became a massive hit, folks responded with “More please!” Fans understandably want as much Stranger Things as possible, but television is a diverse medium. You have sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory that are running for 10 seasons and counting and shows like The Walking Dead which seemingly have no endgame in sight, but you also have shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, where the creators are supremely confident in the finite nature of their stories.
So where does Stranger Things lie? Could we be spending a decade (or more) with Will Byers and Co.? It’s doubtful. Speaking with EW, creators/showrunners Ross and Matt Duffer revealed that right now they’re envisioning the show will last for just four or five seasons, but they admit those plans could change:
“Everything changes as we move forward so we’ll see,” says Ross Duffer. Adds Matt Duffer, “I want it to have a really finite ending. I don’t want it to be one of those shows that runs out of gas and they lose it because they’re losing interest. You wanna end when you’re on top.”
And while some fans may be having palpitations at the thought of only getting two more seasons of Stranger Things, I think we can all agree that it’s better to leave early and on a high note (see: Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos) rather than to overstay your welcome to the point of irrelevancy (see: Dexter, How I Met Your Mother). Wouldn’t you rather look back on Stranger Things as this great event as opposed to a show described as, “Oh yeah, the first few seasons were great but I stopped watching after X”?
Moreover, Stranger Things has never really felt like a traditional TV series. It’s more like watching a Stephen King novel unfold, or watching a really long movie. Indeed, the Duffer Brothers often referred to their Season 1 approach as writing and directing one long film, and in fact Stranger Things Season 2 isn’t called “Season 2”, it’s called “Stranger Things 2”—it’s a sequel, not a second season.
So if the Duffers are approaching this show like a film each year, it’s understandable that they’d want to cap it at a neat quadrilogy or so. They no doubt have other ideas of things they’d like to work on, and perhaps a feature-length film is one of them. There’s also the issue of the kids—they’re gonna start hitting growth spurts at different times, which will pose another issue.
As the showrunners caution nothing is set in stone yet, and producer Shawn Levy revealed last year that while developing Stranger Things 2 they had already started thinking about Stranger Things 3, so these guys aren’t going to be caught off guard. They have a plan, and it’s rolling out nicely. Just don’t expect Stranger Things to follow a meandering Walking Dead model or enter Stranger Things: The College Years.
Stranger Things season 2 will be streaming on Halloween (October 31, 2017).
Nominations for the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced on Wednesday morning.
Sophia Bush and Common had the honors of presenting live from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. TNT, TBS and truTV aired the announcements, which were also available to stream online, starting at 9:50 a.m. EST.
The SAG Awards, recognizing top performances in television and and film, will be presented on Jan. 29 on both TNT and TBS. The award ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. ET.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Thandie Newton, “Westworld”
Winona Ryder, “Stranger Things”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“Game of Thrones”
The WGA has announced its nominees for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, and promotional writing during 2016. Winners will be honored at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.
In the television drama series category, cable and streaming services dominated with nominees FX’s The Americans, AMC’s Better Call Saul, HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix’s Stranger Things and HBO’s Westworld. Same for comedy series with nominees, FX’s Atlanta, HBO’s Silicon Valley, Amazon’s Transparent, Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and HBO’s Veep. In the new series category, NBC’s This Is Us represented the only broadcast nominee, along with FX’s Atlanta and Better Things, and HBO’s Westworld.
Here’s the complete list of nominees:
The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX
Better Call Saul, Written by Ann Cherkis, Vince Gilligan, Jonathan Glatzer, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, Heather Marion, Thomas Schnauz, Gordon Smith; AMC
Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, Dave Hill, D.B. Weiss; HBO
Stranger Things, Written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, The Duffer Brothers, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Alison Tatlock; Netflix
Westworld, Written by Ed Brubaker, Bridget Carpenter; Dan Dietz, Halley Gross; Lisa Joy; Katherine Lingenfelter, Dominic Mitchell, Jonathan Nolan, Roberto Patino, Daniel T. Thomsen, Charles Yu; HBO
Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX
Better Things, Written by Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K., Cindy Chupack, Gina Fattore; FX
Stranger Things, Written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, The Duffer Brothers, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez, Alison Tatlock; Netflix
This Is Us, Written by Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, Bekah Brunstetter, Dan Fogelman, Vera Herbert, Joe Lawson, Kay Oyegun, Aurin Squire, K.J. Steinberg, Donald Todd; NBC
Westworld, Written by Ed Brubaker, Bridget Carpenter, Dan Dietz, Halley Gross, Lisa Joy, Katherine Lingenfelter, Dominic Mitchell, Jonathan Nolan, Roberto Patino, Daniel T. Thomsen, Charles Yu; HBO
The Satellite Awards released their list of award nominees and our favorite series made the list!
Game of Thrones – HBO
Outlander – Starz
The Walking Dead – AMC
Westworld – HBO
The Man in the High Castle – Amazon
Stranger Things – Netflix
Orphan Black – BBC America
Black Mirror – Netflix
I’ve added scans of Millie and the boys of Stranger Things from GQ Magazine to the gallery. Enjoy!
As Eleven in Stranger Things, Millie Bobby Brown became the world’s most famous 12-year-old – she talks instant fame, going by instinct and the importance of vulnerability.
The female staredown is back. Sultry, mesmerising, threatening, inscrutable, hungry: women giving good eye on screen literally inspires how we mirror emotion and communicate, whether through gif or IRL. The ferocious women of Kill Bill taught us that killer looks can prove fatal, Lauren Bacall pioneered the no-nonsense side-eye, and Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth Salander made the chilling stare of a sniper seem chic. These steely-eyed women have a new little sister-in-arms: Eleven, the enigmatic, Eggo-pilfering, telekinetic dynamo from Stranger Things. Portrayed by newcomer Millie Bobby Brown, her stare is genuinely enthralling, paralysing monsters – and boys – in their tracks. She reminds you of Natalie Portman in Leon or V for Vendetta – or a young Winona Ryder, with whom Brown stars in the series. She carries the onscreen gravitas of a future Oscar-winner, and the doe-eyed, gamine appeal of a budding fashion darling. Before we go any further, please note: she is 12 years old.
It’s a muggy day in Brooklyn when I’m confronted by that stare in person. Brown sits as serene as a statue on a stool, having her hair and make-up done. “Hi,” she says, sounding a bit subdued when greeted, and flashes a quick smile. I consider for a second what it’s like being 12 and surrounded constantly by adults, and wonder if she is simply having a shy spell. Sure enough, once set free of the chair, she explodes wide-open with personality; within minutes, we’re discussing how mental it is that she just met Barack Obama.
“Netflix, very clever people, gave Obama the (Stranger Things) tapes, and he watched them on the way to – how do you say it? Is it Air Force One? So, he was watching it and then he came back and watched it with his kids – crazy!”
Encounters like this are all part of the – well, pretty strange! – reality of life post-Stranger Things for the young actor. “They didn’t tell me anything,” says Brown of the role that would dramatically change the trajectory of her teenage years. “They just said, ‘Your name is Eleven – relate yourself to ET. That was it. I got the job the next day.”
And what a job: Eleven is one of the most fascinating female characters ever to hit the small screen, embodying a twist on the coming-of-age stories that inspire Stranger Things. In this universe, the classic boy-gang ends up rallying around a superhuman girl in an ultimate testament to their five-way friendship. After six months of shooting, the show wrapped, and the kids – including Finn Wolfhard, who plays Eleven’s onscreen semi-crush Mike Wheeler – went about their normal lives, unaware that those were the last few normal months of their childhoods. Brown remembers premiere day. “I was actually in a car on my way to San Francisco. I didn’t even watch it when it came out. I just saw my Instagram followers going up every second. I went from 25 to 1·4 million – pretty cool.” For advice on how to handle it all, she might turn to fellow junior prodigy and social-media magnate Maddie Ziegler (of Sia video and Dance Moms fame). “We just had a sleepover,” Brown laughs. “It was funny, because she videotaped me and I was dancing around her room singing ‘The Greatest’ and she was like, ‘Millie, shh – stop it!’ because I tried to dance like her and I’m really not good.”
Brown has always been unusually self- motivated. Home-schooled since she was nine, she’s a vivacious learner with a curiosity about the world. “I’m very outspoken,” she says. “I will ask a silly question, but I really am deadly serious. I’m like, ‘I want to know the answer.’ Ha!”
She sets the scene of her acting origin story with charming modesty. “I was bored one day, so my dad took me to this acting school. I liked it more than having fun – I liked it for an actual job,” she says, citing her British-born family’s stint in Florida. Sixty bucks later, she dragged her dad to meet with an agent.
“The agent was like, ‘You need to go to LA.’ So I said to my dad and my whole family, ‘Can we move to LA?’ They were like, ‘Sure!’” she says, innocently describing what seems like the most ludicrously drama-free cross-continental move in history.
In the ‘small-town, big-trouble’ spirit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Brown encapsulates in Eleven a young girl with an extraordinary ability she never asked for and has yet to fully harness, or contain, who must form alliances to survive. On-screen, El is like a cornered animal, and will cower or kill like one accordingly. She’s been prodded, probed, and asked to vicariously envision horrifying things, in the name of… science? Greed? Does it matter? Brown’s fascinating turn is almost exclusively non-verbal – as Reddit user ValdemarSt notes, she utters a mere 246 words in total – and, as such, El’s personal tics have a complex appeal that is very much in Brown’s hands. “Eleven is going a lot by instinct,” she explains. “The look, obviously; her body language, definitely. You know, the head tilt. We all just collaborated on our ideas and then we made magic.”
Brown is nothing if not gracious, crediting the show’s female-positive feel to her other co-stars, too. “Winona is also a heroine in the show – and Natalia (Dyer, who plays Nancy Wheeler). We’re all just in a different age range, but it’s cool to have female heroines.” Ah, yes: Ryder, elusive though she is in person, exerts a huge influence over the programme and its young cast. In fact, it’s her presence that brings the show’s 80s world-building blissfully full- circle – bring up her name, and Brown lights up.
“She’s incredible, ultra-professional and a really good friend,” she says. “I met her in the production office and we were all having lunch and she just came in and was like, ‘I was told that I look like you!’ We’d sneak away to her trailer to eat cheese and crackers and gossip.”
In the show, and in contrast to Millie’s real-life put-togetherness, Eleven’s appearance is hard to forget. No doubt inspiring this year’s most popular Halloween outfit(s), our first glance of her as a superhuman captive in a hospital gown and shaved head soon transitions to suburban beauty norms and poignant attempts at trying to look ‘pretty’, as she whispers. When Mike and the gang try to disguise her as a ‘normal’ girl, they opt for a cast-off powder-pink dress and blonde wig – literally things little boys think little girls wear, and which feel as alien to Eleven as they do to the boys. She looks both too mature for the clothes and overwhelmed by them, but the off-kilter performance of femininity only adds to her bizarre intensity. Brown acknowledges the paradox: “Eleven is strong. She’s very vulnerable, but she can be very, very badass.”
I ask what she’d want to tell Eleven, who has become so synonymous with herself. “Don’t give up, that’s it. She’s always trying to give up, but she can’t. But maybe one day she will! You never know.” She lets the suspense hang in the air.
Unsurprisingly, she cannot comment on Eleven’s fate, or if she’ll return to the show. “I don’t know, I have no clue,” she says in a singsong voice when I ask if she has any travel plans coming up (Editor’s note: since the time of going to print, Brown’s return to the show has happily been confirmed).
What she says for now is that she’s open and excited to try almost anything, including pursuing music when she’s older. She’s already delivered turnt-up televised performances of Nicki Minaj’s “Monster” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”, so the evolution is easy to envision. Without doubt, whatever she explores next, we’ll be watching her, ready for her to surprise us again. But she’s not letting the hype go to her head. “At the end of the day, I just do my job, I love my art. But I genuinely want to change the world. I’m very generous and I really want people to see that I am – that’s really it.”
The People’s Choice Awards released their award nominees for 2017 and Millie and Stranger Things were both nominated! They need your help to win! Take a minute and Vote. I believe everyone can vote once DAILY.
FAVORITE TV SHOW
The Big Bang Theory
The Walking Dead
FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV ACTRESS
Millie Bobby Brown
To see the full list of categories and nominees click here.
Congratulations are in order to the cast, writers, and crew of Stranger Things as the series is nominated for a Critics Choice Award. We hope Millie will be in attendance at the event so we can see some great photos of her!