«They asked me to be shorter»: The problems with the age difference between the actors of ‘Stranger Things’ and their characters

Hawkins’ group of friends is back after a three-year hiatus and there are physical changes that can’t be hidden.

It’s been a long, long time since we last saw the Hawkins boys. Specifically, between season 4 of Stranger Things that is about to be released and the third, 3 years have passed. Not only does this mean that viewers will most likely no longer remember what the demogorgon was up to, but that we’re going to see a noticeable physical change in the protagonists. In fact, it is said that there are differences even between scene and scene, but Gaten Matarazzo ensures that saved «good».

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In a recent interview on the set of TODAY, Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink and Priah Ferguson have opened up about the age gap they’ve experienced in this time. «It’s something we always thought about, but I think we’ve worked pretty well on it,» says the actor who plays Dustin. They have not revealed how it has been solved in production, but they have told some behind-the-scenes anecdotes from previous years. Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, remembers how they came to ask him to try to look smaller, something that, of course, is impossible.

I remember that in the second season they told me that I needed to lower the tone of my voice, that I had to speak at a different level and be lower… I said: ‘I can’t do that, I’m not like that anymore’

When we met them in season 1 of Stranger Things, back in 2013, most of them were between 12 and 13 years old, which more or less matched the actual age of the actors. Now the problem is that the interpreters have grown, but their characters have not, they continue studying at the institute. In the fourth installment, the cast is already in their early twenties while their characters are about 15 years old.. An age difference that we are already used to in teenage series, but that had not happened in fiction.

Matarazzo laughs that there is no problem with him because he hasn’t grown too much, «I’ve been the same height since I was 14 years old», and explains that they may seem older in some scenes, but believes that what they have done in the story «makes sense». Therefore, we must trust that the mysteries of Hawkins help to solve this possible plot hole. It may also help that Stranger Things season 4 is split into two volumes, which would serve to mark the change.

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Be that as it may, the producers have had a very difficult task this time after the pandemic caused by COVID-19 forced them to stretch the time between seasons longer than expected. Keep in mind that the fourth installment was already going to arrive later than usual due to the level of production that they wanted to give to this batch of episodes. The team has filmed in multiple locations, so filming has slowed down. Overall, Stranger Things Season 4 is the most ambitious to date, and that translates into more prep time.

In her speech on TODAY, Sadie Sink has assured that it is a very intense season. «I think every year it gets darker and darker. We sound like broken records, ‘This is the darkest season we’ve had so far!’ but this season it’s real,» says the actress. Stranger Things season 4 will premiere on May 27.

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