Finn Wolfhard “Really proud” of Noah Schnapp’s appearance
“Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard recently revealed that he is very proud of his co-star, Noah Schnapp, after the actor came out as gay. Wolfhard began starring in the Netflix series “Stranger Things” as Mike Wheeler at age 13, while Schnapp landed his role as Will Byers at age 11.
In January, Schnapp went public with his gay identity as he shared how his family reacted to his coming out. The actor’s character, Byers, was also assumed by fans to be gay; however, this was not explicitly revealed until the end of the fourth season. Fans have since criticized the series for not revealing it sooner.
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Finn Wolfhard says he’s “proud” of Noah Schnapp’s appearance
Talk GQ in a recent interview, Wolfhard said he was proud of Schnapp for coming out as gay. The “Stranger Things” star came out as gay to many TikTok followers in early January via a video on the platform.
Speaking about the moment Schnapp appeared, Wolfhard said: “When I saw it, I just had a big smile on my face. I was just very proud of him.” During the interview, the actor also talked about his relationship with Schnapp and the rest of the “Stranger Things” cast.
The “When You Finish Saving the World” star also said that the “Stranger Things” cast mostly acted like family and didn’t necessarily talk to each other every day. Wolfhard added that “everyone is on their own quests in real life” and trying to figure out the next chapters of his acting career.
“We are by no means in the day-to-day text mood, and not because… it is. Do you text your cousins every day? Probably not. They are our family. We’ll talk on each other’s birthdays. We’ll talk later, Wolfhard said. “But the same way family works, if I needed something, they were there.”
Noah Schnapp came out as gay
In early January, Schnapp came out as gay to his fans in the most unusual way. The actor wrote on TikTok about how it feels to come out as gay to his friends and family. He went public with this.
The post’s on-screen caption read: “When I finally told my friends and family I was gay after being in the closet for 18 years and all they said was ‘we know’.” The actual video featured Schnapp lip-syncing. to a TikTok that says, “It’s never been this serious.”
The “Stranger Things” actor compared himself to his character Byers on the Netflix series. Byers was previously revealed to be gay and has feelings for Wolfhard’s character Wheeler. Schnapp captioned the post, “I guess I’m more like Will than I thought.”
He said that his ‘Stranger Things’ character is gay
In July 2022, Schnapp spoke to him Species and highlighted the sexual orientation of Byers’ character in “Stranger Things.” She stated that although it was hinted at in the first season of the show, the showrunners made it very clear towards the end of the most recent season that she was gay and in love with Wheeler, Wolfhard’s character.
“It was obviously hinted at in Season 1: it was always there, but you never really knew, ‘Is he just growing up slower than his friends?’ explained the actor. “Now that he’s aged, he’s been made very real, obvious. Now it’s 100% clear that she’s gay and loves Mike.”
The “Stranger Things” star also said that unpacking a significant part of her character on the show took a lot of time, mainly because of how complicated the space is in real life, especially for those who wanted to avoid being labeled. “But it used to be a slow curve,” Schnapp said. “I think it’s very nicely done because it’s so easy to make a character who’s suddenly gay.”
Noah Schnapp on playing a gay character as a young actor
The “Abe” actor also talked about taking on the role of Byers, especially as a young actor. Schnapp revealed that while it was challenging, he also saw it as a fun experience. “I think it’s all just part of the challenge of acting,” he revealed.
“Yes, it was a challenge, but I think it was fun to step into his shoes. Because I really have to consider that it’s not just a layer of things that you’re struggling to come out of,” the actor continued.
Schnapp noted that Byers suffered a lot of trauma in the series, from not being recognized by her friends, being afraid to come out, and risking not being accepted. “All these things are on his mind.” So I just have to make sure I convey the depth of all her trauma.”