The creators of Stranger Things haven’t been shy about the influence of Steven Spielberg and other ‘80s pop culture touchstones on their hit show, but it turns out that even the child actors turned to the films for preparation.

During a Facebook Live video on Wednesday, many of the show’s young stars answered questions from viewers, including ones about watching movies from the ‘80s before they started the show and picking their favorites.

This was easy for Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, a young girl with powers that changes the lives of the kids who discover her. “I was told to sort of relate myself to E.T., so my favorite movie is probably E.T.


A popular pick was Gaten Matarazzo’s (Dustin) selection of The Goonies, which met with Noah Schnapp’s (Will) eager approval. Later in the conversation though, Matarazzo picked a film that hasn’t seemed to make an impact on the show yet.

“And no judging, I love Pretty in Pink. Pretty in Pink is awesome. I love that movie.” We can only hope one of season 2’s new characters is Dustin’s own Andie.

Watch the full video below.

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