“Stranger Things”: Noah Schnapp deals with queer theories

Noah Schnapp isn’t ready to put a label on Will’s sexuality just yet. “He’s just confused and growing up. And that’s what being a kid is.”

Does “Stranger Things” dodge into a possible coming-out story?

The hit Netflix tween sci-fi series returned for Season 4 last week, and viewers are speculating that fan-favorite Will (Noah Schnapp) could be queer. From Will’s science project to gay mathematician Alan Turing to rebuffing a classmate’s kicks, the character has been at the center of debate.

While Will’s relationship with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) has never veered towards romance, maybe Will and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) really are the Stranger Things couple to deliver. Or are we totally upside down?

In a recent interview with co-star Millie Bobby Brown, Schnapp told Variety that the Duffer Brothers’ showrunners “never really address or openly say what Will is like” when it comes to his character’s sexuality.

“I think that’s the beauty of it, it’s just up to the audience’s interpretation, whether Will is just refusing to grow up and growing slower than his friends, or whether he’s really gay,” Schnapp said. “I find that people try to put a label on it and just want to know, so much like, ‘Oh, and that’s it.’ He’s just confused and growing up. And that’s what being a kid is.”

Schnapp compared Will with his peers to “a zebra in a horse meadow”. “He’s kind of noticeable. It’s just nice to see that and have it featured on Stranger Things for fans to connect with and identify with. Because so many of our viewers are young kids who are at that stage in their lives,” he said.

Co-star Brown added that the cast “don’t have to label anything” when it comes to the characters’ sexuality. “I think the really beautiful thing about Will’s character is that he’s just human going through his own personal demons and issues,” Brown said. “So many kids out there don’t know, and that’s okay. It’s okay not to know. And it’s okay not to label things.”

Brown continued, “It’s such an amazing role for Noah to play and to be a role model for kids out there who don’t know what they’re going through growing up.”

Digital Spy recently asked co-star Wolfhard if Will’s feelings for pal Mike are “shifting toward a more endearing, genuine, romantic affection,” to which Wolfhard replied, “Yes. I think you start to see how much Will loves Mike over the course of the season, and I think that’s a really beautiful thing.”

Wolfhard noted that “there’s probably a mutual understanding and acceptance” from Mike’s side of the friendship.

Co-star David Harbor previously said that Will has no interest in Eleven but has a crush on someone else. “He’s interested in someone else in the group,” Harbor hinted.

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