While plotlines for Season 3 of the Netflix show are largely under wraps for now, Stranger Things EP Shawn Levy said at PaleyFest on Sunday, “We are going back to work next month, and we’re super excited.” Judging by the legions of screaming fans in the audience, he’s not alone in that feeling.
The show, created by sibling team Matt and Ross Duffer, follows the supernatural adventures of a group of kids in 80s-era fictional small town Hawkins, and has been an enormous hit with audiences and critics alike. But rather than feed the Season 3 hysteria and reveal any spoilers, Levy and the show’s cast used the panel discussion to recall some favorite moments of Season 2, with Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the telekinetically-gifted Eleven, leading the charge.
“Season 1 was obviously very different,” she said, “because I had no clue who Eleven was, and I was just being introduced to the weirdest character on Earth.” But by the second season, she’d found her feet. “I kind of had that freedom of saying, ‘I don’t think Eleven would do that,’” she said, adding that the set had to have “double security” the second time around.
Levy recalled the strangeness of returning for Season 2, after finding themselves besieged by attention. “I remember us kind of huddling up and saying, ‘OK, so the world knows about us now. We’re just going to hunker down and trust the brothers,’ and it became a willful tuning out of all that noise.”
Something that came through in the discussion was the family-level affection the cast has for each other. David Harbour, whose role of Jim Hopper meant sharing a lot of one-on-one scenes with Brown, said he’d seen a new side of himself through getting to know her – an experience he called “a gift”.
“I don’t have a child,” he said, “so I don’t know what that’s like, and all my experiences of love have been romantic, or my parents, or my dog, so this was an unlocking of me as a human being; of a love that was human, but was pure in a way where you’d take a bullet for someone.”
“To be honest it was very challenging and we went through so many different emotions,” Brown pointed out. “We get angry at each other. We’re like father and daughter…those scenes were so raw and real.”
Those genuine friendships among the cast are, Levy said, a big reason for the show’s success. “We chose actors who are just authentic humans,” he said, “and it immediately resulted in the chemistry you see on screen. I think that’s why so many people connected to the show.”
Season 2 newcomer Sadie Sink found her confident, skateboarding character Max Mayfield really resonated with fans. “I had this one girl who was kind of falling into that world of, ‘I need to wear make-up, I need these clothes,’” she said. “Then she saw Max and thought, ‘Oh Max is confident and she doesn’t need to be someone who isn’t her, she can just be confident in her own skin.’ That was the most rewarding part for me.”
While Sean Astin claimed his Season 2 high point was, “I got to kiss Winona Ryder,” he added that he’d been satisfied with his character Bob’s death. “There was a moment in the first episode where I went to the Duffers and I said, ‘Please, when you kill me in the next episode or whenever, please let this guy do something heroic.’” Fortunately, Bob was allowed to save the day before meeting his end. “Bob got to know Basic,” Astin said, “and thwarted the enemy with a rudimentary knowledge of 1983 computers.”
It also emerged that 80s authenticity is a very serious business on set. The audience screamed in delight when Brown said, “They give us underwear. What are they called?”
“Tightey whities,” her cast mate Caleb McLaughlin chimed in.
But of course, educating the younger generation on the magic of 80s nostalgia extended well beyond wardrobe, Levy explained. “The Duffer brothers made basically a fake trailer of Stranger Things from movies that exist. That became required viewing for the kids.”
Brown said of first watching this 80s montage, “I was so weirded out when I watched it. I was like, ‘What is this?’ I was so confused. There was a shark and a ghost.” Brown said it included parts of Stand By Me – a fact that brought a smile to PaleyFest moderator and Stand By Me child star Wil Wheaton’s face.
Stranger Things has been a runaway success for Netflix, the first homegrown series produced by the streaming platform to hit it out of the park. And now the stars of the 1980s supernatural drama are sharing in the windfall with major salary bumps going into Season 3.
While actors cast as series regulars on a TV show almost always have long-term deals, it bas become a tradition for the casts of successful series to renegotiate their contracts after the second season after receiving one-time bonuses ahead of Season 2. That is what happened with the main players on Stranger Things. I hear that the lead child and adult stars of the show, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, Winoina Ryder and David Harbour, all have reached or are finalizing agreements that will see their pay increase significantly.
The rise is especially dramatic for the young stars who were mostly newcomers before being cast in Stranger Things, reportedly pulling in about $30,000 an episodes the first two seasons. I hear their per-episode fee will go up to over $150,000 an episode.
Brown, who emerged as the breakout star of Stranger Things, is believed to have landed a bigger raise than her young counterparts.
Ryder and Harbour, who were established actors with sizable resumes, started higher and I hear will remain ahead of their younger co-stars, including Brown. I hear their new salaries are north of $200,000.
Netflix declined comment.
In addition to a ratings mega hit, Stranger Things has been a licensing bonanza for Netflix with a slew of deals for Stranger Things-branded merchandise.
Stranger Things is expected to go into production on an eight-episode Season 3 next month. It will see the storyline jump ahead a year and will also introduce new forces of evil.
Going into Season 3, Stranger Things has promoted Priah Ferguson to a series regular and has added Maya Hawke as a new series regular playing a new character.
With the film awards season wrapping on Sunday, Nickelodeon has announced the nominations for its 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards, which cover movies, TV, music and online.
Among this year’s movie hopefuls are Coco, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Wonder Woman and stars Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Kevin Hart, Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth. The TV side sees Stranger Things and its star Milly Bobby Brown nominated alongside such series as The Big Bang Theory — whose Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco also are up for acting awards — Fuller House and The Thundermans.
Hosted by wrestler-turned-actor John Cena, the slime-fueled ceremony is set for 8 PM Saturday, March 24, live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA Social media star and Dance Moms alum JoJo Siwa will perform a medley of hits including “Boomerang,” which has garnered over 500 million views on YouTube.
Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards is produced by Nickelodeon Productions, with Elizabeth Kelly, Michael Dempsey, Shelly Sumpter Gillyard and Jay Schmalholz serving as executive producers.
Favorite TV Show
Saban’s Power Rangers Ninja Steel
The Big Bang Theory
Favorite TV Actress
Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Fuller House)
Kaley Cuoco (Penny, The Big Bang Theory)
Kira Kosarin (Phoebe Thunderman, The Thundermans)
Lizzy Greene (Dawn Harper, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn)
Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)
Zendaya (K.C. Cooper, K.C. Undercover)
Millie’s new campaign for Calvin Klein was released today. Check out the video and some photos. I’m totally digging this campaign!
Millie was in attendance at the 2018 SAG Awards tonight. I have added photos to the gallery. Be sure to bookmark the site and follow us on Twitter for more updates.
Legendary Entertainment has made a deal with Emmy-nominated breakout Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown to star in and produce a feature film series based on Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes Mysteries novel series. Brown will produce through her PCMA Productions banner.
Brown developed a relationship with Legendary as she just completed a starring role in the Michael Dougherty-directed Godzilla sequel for Legendary and Warner Bros.
The book series began with the 2006 title The Case of the Missing Marquess. The series spans six novels, revolving around mysteries investigated by Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ much younger sister, Enola, who proves to be a highly capable detective in her own right. The first and fifth books in the series were nominated for Edgar Awards in 2007 and 2010, respectively.
Alex Garcia and Ali Mendes will oversee the project for Legendary. Brown is represented by WME and attorney Steve Warren.
Millie was in attendance at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards tonight and this post is a master post of the event’s coverage. Here are links to all the Golden Globe albums I have made in the gallery as well as some videos. Big thanks to my friends for their donations: Sara, Claudia, Maria, Marilla, AliKat, and Elle.
— InStyle (@InStyle) January 8, 2018
Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown has been nominated for Best Female Actor in a Drama Series at the Screen Actors Guild awards for the second year running.
The British actress, 13, beat her co-star Winona Ryder (who plays Joyce Byers) to the nomination, despite both of them being up for a nomination in the same category at the SAGs last year.
Millie – who plays character Eleven – will compete alongside Claire Foy, Laura Linney, Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright for the accolade. Her Stranger Things co-star David Harbour (Jim Hopper) was nominated for Male Actor in a Drama Series.
The 80s-set Netflix series also received a nomination for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, alongside The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale and This Is Us.
Stranger Things’ SAG nominations comes after it received two Golden Globe nods earlier this week.
The show itself is up for Best Television Series — Drama and will compete alongside fellow Netflix series The Crown, as well as Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale and This Is Us.
The SAG awards 2018 will take place on the 21st January.
The nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday and Stranger Things has been nominated!
Best TV series – Drama
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“This Is Us”