As Halloween 2017 fast approaches,
so does the highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things.
Matt and Russ Duffer’s addictive blend of
Steven Spielberg and Stephen King.
The Netflix thriller became the unexpected hit of 2016
and propelled its young cast members to
the levels of fame they could never dreamed of
when they answered that first casting call.
But what are the kids of Hawkins Indiana
like away from the cameras
This is what the cast of Stranger Things
like away from the cameras
Millie Bobby Brown.
Brown was born in Spain to English parents
and spent her childhood between the UK and the US.
Before winning the part of psychokinetic runaway Eleven,
Brown had made a few minor TV appearances,
though Stranger Things was her first major gig.
Is your mom here?
As the breakout star of the show,
she quickly booked a part in Universal’s Godzilla sequel,
King of the Monsters, set for release in 2019.
While Stranger Things season 2 details remain scarce,
the first promotional images released
confirmed that the Eggo-loving Eleven will
no longer be sporting her laboratory buzz cut
instead rocking some very 80s curls.
In his role as Mike Wheeler,
Finn Wolfhard took center stage alongside his mysterious houseguest Eleven,
showcasing an impressive range for such a young actor,
impressive enough to land him a part in the upcoming 80s-set
adaptation of Stephen King horror classic “It”.
Wow, she looks…
Good. You look pretty good.
In real life,
the curly-haired Canadian is an indie music aficionado
who plays guitar and even has his own band.
Even though he had stage experience,
Gaten Matarazzo had only a single screen credit to his name
he auditioned for the part of the lovable Dustin Henderson in Stranger Things
Well, where are you going? You just said stick to the plan!
I am. I’m just gonna go get some chocolate pudding.
I’m telling you, Lunch lady Phyllis hoards that*
But his lack of screen time wasn’t for lack of trying.
The New Jersey born actor suffers from
a mild case of colloidal cranial dysplasia
a condition where you are born without a collarbone
which affects skull growth and teeth
Matarazzo used his post-Stranger Things
fame to raise awareness of the condition
and received countless letters of support after he revealed that his disability
stopped him from getting parts for a number of years.
But the Duffer brothers wrote his condition in
giving his character Dustin in the same condition
and even allowing bullies to use it as ammunition in the show.
Like Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin began his career as an actor on the stage
playing the young version of Simba
in the Broadway production of the Lion King from 2012 to 2014.
He came into Stranger Things with a couple of TV
credits like most of his on-screen friends but
But getting the part of Lucas Sinclair in Stranger Things
was the hardest audition process he’s been through yet.
While his character Lucas is the skeptic of the group
and is intially wary of El.
McLaughlin revealed that off camera, the cast clicked like magnets.
Schnapp originally auditioned for the role of Mike Wheeler
but was equally excited to learn he’d won the part of Will Byers
when he got a phone call from the Duffer brothers while away at camp.
Schnapp made his film debut in Steven Spielberg’s
2015 movie Bridge of Spies
Not a bad first gig for such a young actor.
Schnapp went on to voice Charlie Brown in
The Peanuts Movie before landing the part of Will.
Schnapp suspects Will won’t quite be himself in the second season.
The actor told The Hollywood Reporter
he thinks Will is going to become evil in season 2.
And seriously if barfing up slugs during dinner
doesn’t make you evil, what does?
Dyer’s Stranger Things’ character Nancy Wheeler
starts out as your typical 80s high school girl
but by the first season’s end
she’s far from a teen stereotype
diving headfirst into the upside down
in search of her missing friend Barb
cosmopolitan it was really nice to see a character like Nancy
it was really nice to see a character like Nancy saying
quote she does have that love triangle and boy drama aspect to her
but she’s independent and strong
and her main focus is about finding her best friend
and solving that mystery at any cost.
While Steve Harrington gets under your skin at the start，
it’s change of heart and obvious remorse
come as unexpected and somewhat refreshing
and even actor Joe Keery didn’t see the switcheroo coming.
The cast members were given the scripts episode by episode
and had little idea about the fate of their characters.
Keery was certain he wouldn’t be around for the second season
after his questionable behavior early in the story,
telling Marie Claire he was sure he’d be monster food.
Fortunately he lived to the end of the season
and even became something of a cult favorite among fans of
that other popular show set in Indiana Parks and Recreation.
Do you guys have heard about this fan theory?
They think that Steve is actually Jean-Ralphio’s real father.
When they’re not teaming up with Nancy
to try and rescue Will and Barb from the upside down,
Jonathan and Steve compete for her affections
and in very different ways.
While Steve is the confident popular type,
Jonathan admires Nancy from a
distance with his long lens camera,
earning himself a reputation as a bit of a creep.
Their love triangle looks set to continue in season 2,
but even if Jonathan isn’t quite as prominent this time around,
we’ll still be seeing a lot more of Heaton, regardless.
The British actor has been cast as the superhero Cannonball
in Fox’s upcoming X-Men spinoff New Mutants.
Let’s finish things off with fan favorite Shannon Purser
who looks radically different
when she’s not covered in a thick layer of pure 1980s.
Barb was a minor character in Stranger Things
who vanishes pretty early on after being left alone outside by Nancy
while she hooks up with Steve.
And shows up again at the end of the season when her body is seen in the upside-down.
An unfortunate victim of the Demogorgon.
Despite that, Barbie came inexplicably popular among Stranger Things’ fans.
The JusticeForBarb hashtag began trending
on Twitter after her character was killed off,
and she became one of the most popular Halloween
costumes of 2016.
And while Barb’s fate seems pretty much
sealed at the end of season 1,
some dedicated fans still hold out hope
that she’ll return for the follow-up.
Hey, Stranger Things have happened.
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