Noah Schnapp, widely recognized for his portrayal of the closeted gay teenager Will Byers on Netflix’s hit series “Stranger Things,” has courageously come out as gay.
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In a heartfelt video shared on his TikTok account, the 18-year-old actor shared his journey, writing, “When I finally told my friends and family I was gay after being scared in the closet for 18 years and all they said was ‘we know'” — all set to an audio clip from a different TikTok in which someone states, “You know what it never was? That serious. It was never that serious. Quite frankly, will never be that serious.”
@noahschnappI guess I’m more similar to will than I thought
In the caption accompanying his TikTok post, Schnapp added, “I guess I’m more similar to Will than I thought.”
This revelation comes after the debut of the final two episodes of the fourth season of “Stranger Things,” when Schnapp openly confirmed to Variety that his character, Will Byers, is gay and harbors feelings for his best friend, Mike (Finn Wolfhard).
While Will’s sexuality had been a subject of speculation since the show’s inception, Schnapp had consistently deflected inquiries about the character’s identity, emphasizing that it was open to the audience’s interpretation. In his interview with Variety in July, Schnapp disclosed that he wasn’t entirely privy to the intentions of “Stranger Things” creators Matt and Ross Duffer for Will’s character. However, once he learned of their vision, he was determined not to spoil the character’s journey in Season 4.
Schnapp expressed his admiration for the way the show handled Will’s sexuality, noting that it was crucial to avoid reducing the character to a one-dimensional depiction of coming out. Instead, the character’s journey encompassed a multifaceted exploration of trauma and self-discovery. He shared the heartwarming anecdote of a man in his 40s who approached him in Paris, profoundly connecting with Will’s story and remarking on its authenticity.
When questioned about navigating the spotlight on Will’s sexuality while simultaneously navigating his own identity, Schnapp acknowledged that it was all part of the challenge of acting. He emphasized that Will’s journey was not solely about coming out but also delved into the character’s complex history, involving his abduction by the Demogorgon, his friends’ initial failure to acknowledge him, and his deep-seated fear of acceptance.
Looking ahead, Netflix and the Duffer Brothers have announced that the upcoming Season 5 of “Stranger Things” will mark the conclusion of the series. However, as of now, there is no official confirmation regarding the start of production or the release date for this eagerly anticipated final season.