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Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp confirms Will’s sexuality: “He is gay and he does love Mike”

en Bollywood News Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp confirms Will’s sexuality: “He is gay and he does love Mike”

While several hints were caught in recent Stranger Things season 4 about Will Byers beings gay, Noah Schnapp has officially brought Will Byers out of the closet, answering the question of the year making sure there is no longer any misinterpretation.

Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp confirms Will’s sexuality: “He is gay and he does love Mike”

Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp confirms Will’s sexuality: “He is gay and he does love Mike”

In the past, Noah Schnapp has dodged questions about Will’s sexuality, saying only that it was “up to the audience’s interpretation.” The actor now confirms that this was a way to protect the show’s season four reveal.

Now, speaking to Variety about Stranger Things 4, Schnapp noted that there have been hints about Will's sexuality and feelings toward his longtime friend Mike since the very first season. Even though the show didn't say it outright, Schnapp set the record straight and confirmed that Will is gay.  “It was always kind of there, but you never really knew, is it just him growing up slower than his friends?” Schnapp told the outlet. “Now that he’s gotten older, they made it a very real, obvious thing. Now it’s 100% clear that he is gay and he does love Mike. But before, it was a slow arc. I think it is done so beautifully, because it’s so easy to make a character just like all of a sudden be gay.”

Noah Schnapp said that Will’s “jealousy” over Mike’s relationship with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) propels him to tearfully speak up. “Sometimes when you’re different you feel like a mistake,” a choked-up Will tells Mike, who doesn’t seem to be grasping the weight of Will’s words. “This scene was really important for him, because it really solidified that truth: that he loves his best friend and he doesn’t know how to tell him,” Schnapp said of his character.

Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer have always had Will's story in mind, but they didn't talk to Schnapp about it until recently. Now, Schnapp can look back at the earlier seasons and see all the signs he initially missed. "Years ago in Season 1, I didn't know where the Duffers wanted to go with this character," he added.

"So I was kind of figuring it out along with the audience. But now that I've spoken to them and seen the show, I know what they want to do with it. They obviously don't tell me anything, either. I'm always spoiling stuff, so they will never share anything with me. So it's a lot of figuring it out on my own. And kind of realizing later on, like, 'Oh this makes sense and this was intentional.'"

Stranger Things season 4 is streaming now on Netflix.

Also Read: Duffer Brothers set up production company Upside Down Pictures; announce Stranger Things spin-off & stage play, Death Note live-action series & series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Talisman


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