Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp, who essays Will Byers on the Netflix show, has come out as gay. In a video posted on his Tik Tok account, the actor wrote: “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'”.
In the caption, he wrote he was more similar to Will than he had thought, in a reference to the Stranger Things character's sexuality.
In season one of the hit sci-fi series, Schnapp's character Will does missing, triggering a chain of events in the fictional town of Hawkins in the 80s. In season 4 which released last year, the makers had dropped hints about Will developing feelings for his best friend Mike, played by Finn Wolfhard. Though nothing was officially declared on the show, in an interview to Variety last year, Schnapp confirmed that Will is indeed gay and in love with Mike.
“It was always kind of there, but you never really knew, is it just him growing up slower than his friends?” Schnapp told the magazine. "“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.”
Stranger Things, created by Matt and Ross Duffer, will return for a final season 5. The streamer, however, has not revealed any details about production or release date.