Barb actress Shannon Purser opens up

By Natalie Stone
April 11, 2017 at 09:58 PM EDT
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Stranger Things’ Shannon Purser is getting candid about her sexuality.

In a series of five tweets on Tuesday, the Netflix star admitted to her followers that she’s had anxiety about it — and revealed what she wishes she’d known earlier in her journey.

“Getting comfortable with your sexuality is a process. It’s going to be ok. I wish I’d known that sooner,” Purser, 19, first tweeted.

“Another thing I wish I’d known about sexuality is to take it slow,” she tweeted next. “It can define you as much as you want it to.”

Minutes later, Purser, who plays Barb on the drama fantasy series, tweeted: “Either way, I know what it’s like to have anxiety about it. Especially trying to come to terms with it and my faith. It can be really scary.”

“But it’s gonna be ok. You’re going to be ok. No, you’re going to be great,” she next tweeted, and concluded the topic with, “All that to say, you’re not alone. You’re in my prayers and, if you’re the praying kind, please keep me in yours.

Though the Atlanta-area native — she made her acting debut as Barb, Nancy Wheeler’s best friend —  is dead on the show after being attacked by the monster from the Upside Down, she’ll soon return to the screen.

The actress is now set for a small role opposite Melissa McCarthy in the upcoming movie Life of the Party, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Purser’s manager told THR: “It’s been a whirlwind of an experience to have such a high level of excitement surrounding Shannon, and the types of meetings and projects coming her way.”

Purser also returned to the screen on The CW’s Archie reboot Riverdale.

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