- Strangers Things star Noah Schnapp has confirmed to Variety that his character Will Byers is gay.
- In the past, Schnapp has said that Will’s sexuality is up to audience interpretation.
- However, in a new interview, Schnapp says it’s “100% clear” that Will is in love with Mike.
Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp has finally confirmed that his character Will Byers is gay in a new interview with Variety.
For the last two seasons, the show has hinted at Will’s sexuality, and in the last season, the show has been more overt about Will’s struggle with his sexuality and his feelings for best friend Mike Wheeler.
In episode eight, Will Mike (Finn Wolfhard) gives a pep talk about Mike’s girlfriend Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) while driving in the car. Will then cries softly while staring out the window, making it clear that he is talking about his own feelings for Mike while disguising them as Eleven’s feelings.
In a recent interview with Variety, Schnapp said that the car scene “solidified” the fact that Will is in love with Mike and doesn’t know how to express that feeling.
“Obviously it was hinted at in the first season. It was always kind of there, but you never really knew if he was just growing up slower than his friends?” Snap said. “Now that he’s gotten older, they’ve made it a very real, obvious thing. Now it’s 100% clear that he’s gay and loves Mike. But before that it was a slow arc.”
Schnapp said people have been reaching out to him to say they’re referring to Will’s character arc since season four premiered in May.
The 17-year-old actor added that he didn’t know Will was gay until season four, despite being constantly asked about it.
“But now that I’ve spoken [the Duffer Brothers, the creators] and seen the show, I know what they want to do with it,” Schnapp said.
In past interviews leading up to season four, Schnapp has been guarded about Will’s sexuality.
He told Variety in May: “I feel like they never really address it or say it bluntly about how Will is growing up slower than his friends or if he’s really gay.”
Earlier this month, Schnapp also responded to fans who criticized Will’s lack of coming out and vagueness about the character’s sexuality in season four.
“First of all, it’s the 80’s and the boy is a freshman. Let them slowly develop the storyline and when it comes out, it’s going to be really special and real,” Schnapp said wrote in the comments of a now-deleted TikTok video.
Stranger Things is available to stream on Netflix.