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From Tweens to Teens, Stranger Things Stars Chart Their Growth Through Three Seasons

As the third season comes out, the teenage cast including Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp take a stroll down memory lane, recalling how their acting has improved since the first scene they shot for the show.


Updated:July 4, 2019, 10:01 AM IST
From Tweens to Teens, Stranger Things Stars Chart Their Growth Through Three Seasons
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Actress Millie Bobby Brown was all of 12 when she starred as Eleven, a young girl with psychokinetic abilities, and Noah Schnapp played Will Byers first when he was 11, in Stranger Things back in 2016. They have all grown up with the show - not just in age, but also in experience as actors.

It's been three years since the first season of The Duffer Brothers' science-fiction horror drama show streamed on Netflix. Now as the third season is out, the teenage cast took a stroll down the memory lane, recalling how their acting has improved since the first scene they shot for the show.

"I was very young when I started the show. I was new in this field. Now when I watch first season and compare it to the current season, it feels great to see that I have evolved as an actor and can perform well," Schnapp told IANS. He credits the show's senior actors for helping him along the way. He especially praised Winona Ryder, who plays his on-screen mother in the show, for boosting his morale and confidence before shooting any difficult scene.

"Seniors helped me a lot. Winona has a major role in my growth as an actor. She taught me how to act. Whenever I got nervous for some scenes, she used to sit beside me and advise me on how I can do better. I have learnt so much from her," he said.

Winona also took proper care of the children's health on sets. "She pampers us a lot. While shooting, she ensured that we were eating on time. She even used to carry huge water bottles for us on the sets. She takes care of everyone. It feels good when you work with such supportive and inspiring people," Schnapp added.

Popular senior actors from Stranger Things include David Harbour and Sean Astin. Schnapp said it was like a dream come true sharing screen space with them. "They have a lot of cinematic experience. People consider them icons. It was a privilege getting to work with them. Seeing how they act, how they deliver dialogues... I have learned so much from them. They are like my support system. Be it ideas or advice, they are always there to help."

Caleb McLaughlin, 17, best known for his role of Lucas Sinclair in Stranger Things, feels a huge change in his approach to acting over the past three years. "Now I look at things differently. Now I like to get into the depth of the character. With time, my acting has also changed. I figured out how to place correct emotions at the right time," McLaughlin said.

Created by Matt and Ross Duffer, the horror show is set in the fictional town of Hawkins. It follows the story of four friends Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) as they form an unlikely alliance with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) to save their town from alien invasion.

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