12 year old Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things has joined a debate surrounding his character’s sexuality. Rumours began to circulate on social media following comments made by other characters in the series that suggested that Will may be homosexual.
Schnapp said “For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point,”
“Stranger Things is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way or are different.”
Stranger Things has soared to success due to the gripping storyline and the incredible acting by the young cast. The story follows a group of children who are searching for their friend, Will, who has gone missing. Set in the 1980s, in the small town of Hawkins, the children begin to realise that all is not as it seems and there are mysterious and terrifying circumstances surrounding Will’s disappearance.
Comments made throughout the series led fans to discuss the character of Will on social media, with particular emphasis on his sexuality. But Schnapp thinks that people are missing the point.
“An author called Gary Schmidt came to speak at our school this week and he said that good stories aren’t supposed to leave you with answers because then you never question yourself and you forget about it,” he wrote on Instagram.
“A good book, or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions but makes you think. Which is what you are all doing.
“Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay?
“I’m only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that’s why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did. So you can ask all these questions. I hope the real answer never comes out!”
The next series of ‘Stranger Things’ will air on Netflix next year.