Noah Schnapp, the actor of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” has confirmed a widely held belief about the sexual orientation of his character. In an interview with Variety released on Thursday, Noah Schnapp confirmed that his character, Will Byers, is gay after the character made an emotional speech in the Season 4 finale.
Previously, Schnapp left Will’s sexuality open to interpretation, as the program has hinted at Will’s homosexuality. He now claims that Matt and Ross Duffers, the show’s creators, have been hinting at Will’s homosexuality since the first season.
“Now it’s 100% clear that he is gay and he does love Mike,” Noah Schnapp said. “It was a slow arc. I think it is done so beautifully because it’s so easy to make a character just like all of a sudden be gay.” The 17-year-old actor stated that people have approached him to tell him how the character has resonated with them, including a 40-year-old man who lives in Paris.
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“He was like ‘wow, this Will character made me feel so good. And I related to it so much. That is exactly who I was when I was a kid.’ That just made me so happy to hear. They are writing this real character and this real journey and real struggle and they’re doing it so well,” Schnapp said.
In prior interviews, the actor admitted that he sought to avoid giving away the big surprise in order to preserve the impact of Will’s character arc in the season’s last two episodes. Since the premiere of “Stranger Things” in 2016, fans have wondered about Will’s sexuality. After Season 3 Episode 3, when Will became dissatisfied with his friends’ budding romances, speculation about the character’s sexuality resurfaced.
Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) yells at Will, who wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons instead of talking about girls, “It’s not my fault you don’t like girls!” When Mike visits Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and concentrates mostly on his sexual bond with her in the fourth season, Will feels isolated. When asked about the Duffers’ plans for the fifth season, Schnapp expressed excitement.
“They have a lot to get to. They’re still working it out, but they have their end goal. There are so many different things they have to address,” Schnapp said. “Obviously, we hope for a coming out scene, and I also want to see them address this connection to the Mind Flayer and how that fits into the world.”
Joseph Quinn’s “Stranger Things” co-star Doja Cat recently expressed interest in Schnapp’s personal life via a snapshot of a conversation between the two. This angered Doja Cat on a webcast, who expressed her displeasure with him. Schnapp added that when he apologized, the two put any animosity between them to rest.
“I’m super unserious on social media and pretty goofy, so I posted that not thinking too much of it, but obviously it hurt her feelings. So, as I should, I apologized and she was totally okay with it,” Schnapp stated. “I love her. I’m like the biggest fan of her music, and I told her that. I was like, you’re literally my role model. It’s all good. People make such a big deal out of everything when it’s on the internet, but, like, in reality, it’s like a two-minute thing.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Mileven?
Mike Wheeler and Jane “Eleven” Hopper’s “het ship” is called Mileven in the Stranger Things fandom.
Is Will Byers in love with Mike Wheeler?
When Will appeared to have a crush on Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard) in season four, Noah confirmed that Will is gay and in love with Mike, and this is the first time we’ve seen this side of Will.
Is Will Byers gay in Stranger Things?
Star Noah Schnapp has confirmed a common hypothesis regarding his character’s sexuality in the Netflix series “Stranger Things.” In an interview with Variety published Thursday, Schnapp confirmed that Will Byers is gay following his heart-wrenching speech in the Season 4 finale.
Does will have a crush on eleven?
In Stranger Things 4, Will Byers falls head over heels for Mike Wheeler. Will has a thing for his best buddy, but Mike is infatuated with Eleven, so he can’t help but feel betrayed.
How old Will Byers is in real life?
Noah Schnapp is 17 years old and was born on October 3, 2004. The character Will Byers, played by Noah Schnapp, is 15 years old in Stranger Things 4.