Is it October 27th yet? Because it feels like it has been an eternity since Stranger Things season one had ended, and a lifetime until season two starts! We left off Netflix’s hit series with Will Byers being rescued from the Upside Down, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana recuperating from the Demogorgon ripping through the town and wreaking havoc.
Not only did the 1980’s period horror series make me feel nostalgic for my childhood and all that went with it — from the Ghost Busters, to ET and The Goonies — but it had me anxiously awaiting for season two’s premiere. The new season promises to be creepier and bigger than ever, with our favorite characters finding themselves confronted with dark forces, and new cast members that will have everyone on the edge of their seat.
After flying out to London, as the only entity from the Middle East, to sit down with two of the main characters, Millie Bobbie Brown who plays Eleven, and Noah Schnapp who plays Will Byers — my main concern was how these young actors, who were born in the early 2000’s, are capable of seamlessly getting into character during an era they never experienced.
Considering how young you guys are and seeing how you are from another generation, where are you pulling your inspiration from?
Noah: We watched a bunch of ’80s movies like The Goonies, ET, Jaws, and the Poltergeist to help us grasp the era, and understand why there’s such a cult following for it.
Millie: Each character had a reference to get inspired by from big ’80s movies. Mine was ET, which was definitely interesting — trying to learn from an alien and grow from its relationship with humans. But I guess, Eleven can relate to being alien. The creators of the show, the Duffer Brothers, are sort of like kids and this show gives them a reason to be children again — they get to reference their childhood for the rest of the world to see.
Let’s get into the juicy details, what can we expect from season two?
Millie: It’s a lot darker, more intense, much more emotional for each character. Each character has an arc this season, something they all are climaxing to. I know you want more info, but you’ll just have to wait and see!
Do Eleven and Will have more scenes together?
Noah: Both characters are very powerful, they may not know it yet, but it’ll be interesting to see the dynamic between the two. They are both sort of like each others doppelgangers.
So, are you guys hinting that both Will and Eleven are going to be evil?
Millie: That’s for us to know and you to find out!
Ross Duffer told the press that Will will be more sinful this season. Can we say the same about Eleven? Since there is a popular theory going around saying that Eleven is, indeed, the monster!
Millie: So, there is this thing called October 27th and you should totally wait till that date, it’s going to be good!
Which character will surprise us the most this season?
Millie : Not to be, like, really selfish, but I feel like Eleven, or Dustin. Wait everybody!
Noah: I feel like all the characters, everyone goes through huge changes this season.
You guys are in a scary show, are you guys scared of scary movies?
Millie and Noah: No! We used to be super scared, but we no longer are. We kind of laugh now and know what to expect when something scary is about to happen.
How does it feel to actually grow up on Stranger Things, will that change your character on the series?
Noah: My character kind of finds his courage this season, and grows up. But physically I’m still the shortest!
Millie: We’ve all changed — especially us kids, with puberty hitting us all. The producers are worried someone is going to come back with a mustache or their voices are going to change. Each character is going through their teenage years like anyone our age would. So as our characters grow up, we ourselves are growing up as well.
WE SAID THIS: As Halloween dawns upon us, I’m literally itching to get my hands on this upcoming season! We can’t wait to see what the Upside Down has waiting for us this season on Netflix!