About Your Privacy on this Site
Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices. To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s AppChoices app here. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in our privacy policy. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our sites and applications. By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can:
  • transfer your data to the United States or other countries; and
  • process and share your data so that we and third parties may serve you with personalized ads, subject to your choices as described above and in our privacy policy.
Entertainment Weekly

Meet the mysterious Stranger Things 2 character at the heart of Eleven's episode

Posted on

Warning: The following post contains spoilers from Stranger Things 2.

Stranger Things 2 starts off with a boom, literally. Viewers are immediately transported to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a gang of misfits is being chased by local police. The leader of this group? The powerful Kali (Linnea Berthelsen), who can make people think they’re seeing things and leads the police to believe she blew up an overpass.

Her powers are not the only thing Kali has in common with Eleven: She also has a branded number on her wrist (Eight). The two are “sisters,” which we learn in episode 7 of Things 2. “When we started season 2, we wanted to explore whether Eleven had siblings,” explains Matt Duffer. “That led to the creation of that character and the casting of Linnea.”

The 24-year-old Berthelsen is from Copenhagen, Denmark, and Things 2 marks her biggest role to date. The actress was late to watch the first season but her timing oddly worked out. “I feel like it got popular in Copenhagen maybe a couple months later,” says Berthelsen. “I remember telling my boyfriend in October, ‘Let’s watch Stranger Things.’ Like literally two days later, I got the [audition].”

Netflix

Before filming, Berthelsen did her own pop culture research. “I watched all the movies they used for season 1,” she says. “And I went back to read Carrie. I took a lot from Star Wars, which I’m a huge fan of. I found my own references.”

She jumped headfirst into the dark, troubled character, which included creating Kali’s dramatic hairdo. “We tried a couple things but it was kind of a long creative process with the hair,” says the actress. “And then I said, ‘You can go crazy, I don’t care.'”

Will we see Kali and her gang again in season 3? “I don’t know yet,” says Matt Duffer. “I don’t feel like there’s closure there. It’s definitely a dangling thread. We’re just figuring it out.”

For much more on Stranger Things 2, stay tuned to EW.com all weekend — and for more on Berthelsen and Kali specifically, pick up next week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Outbrain

Tags