They've been plenty busy since their breakout Netflix series debuted
It’s been less than two years since we were first introduced to the residents of Hawkins, Indiana. Yet, it hasn’t really felt like forever, considering the Stranger Things kids have literally been everywhere. Name an awards show or music video — they’ve been there. So that’s exactly what we’re doing. EW has compiled all of the videos that the cast from the Netflix breakout hit has starred in since the show’s release in July 2016, which means apologies to Winona Ryder’s 2012 appearance in The Killers’ “Here With Me.”
While you eagerly anticipate Stranger Things returning for season 3, enjoy seeing Mike, Eleven, Dustin, Will, and Nancy in some very different settings.
Nancy can’t seem to stay away from floppy-haired boys. In James Bay’s “Wild Love,” Natalia Dyer makes a connection with Bay across a crowded club. Purple butterflies follow both as they push through the swell of dancers towards each other. Bay, who experienced huge success with his 2014 ballad “Let it Go,” was excited to bring Dyer on board for his first single since 2016. “She’s a lovely person, a huge talent, and it was great hanging with her while making this video,” Bay told NME. “I’m a massive Stranger Things fan so I tried everything in my power not to fanboy too hard.”
In Stranger Things, it’s Eleven who Mike takes in. In Pup’s “Sleep in the Heat,” it’s a homeless pup (get it?) who Finn Wolfhard takes in. After previously appearing as the younger version of the Canadian punk rock band’s lead singer in their 2014 “Guilt Trip” video, the actor returned to the role for 2016’s “Pup,” bringing along his newfound fame, and in turn, likely more eyeballs.
If there’s one thing we know about Wolfhard, it’s that the kid can ride a bike. The young actor took his participation to the next level with Spendtime Palace’s “Sonora,” where, in addition to starring in the band’s video, he served as co-director.
Millie Bobby Brown
Alongside Paris Jackson and Moonlight‘s Ashton Sanders, Millie Bobby Brown starred in The xx’s recently released “I Dare You” video. Early on, her character is referred to as a “little monster,” which not only could serve as a nod to Stranger Things, but is a nice reminder of Brown’s greatest musical moment: when she flawlessly rapped Nicki Minaj’s “Monster” verse. She earned an 11 out of 10 for that one.
The actress, who stars as the powerful Eleven, made her first music video appearance in Sigma and Birdy’s “Find Me.” Despite being a rookie, she was already a pro at passionately lip syncing and violently shaking her head.
In forming Computer Games, Glee alum Darren Criss and his brother, Chuck, aimed to create a ’80s and ’90s nostalgia vibe with their new music, so casting one of the young stars from Stranger Things for their first video was a no-brainer. Gaten Matarazzo, who stars on the series as Dustin, lip syncs throughout “Lost Boys For Life,” as he transitions from an old business man to a rock star to a young kid in love… I think.
For her star-studded “Swish Swish” video, Katy Perry scored Matarazzo to play himself — a.k.a. “Tragic Johnson.” In the Space Jam spoof, he joins the singer on the ragtag Tigers in their epic comeback win over the powerhouse Sheep. If Perry is Michael Jordan, then Matarazzo is probably Tweety Bird (C’mon, Molly Shannon is clearly Bugs Bunny).
Noah Schnapp is officially in danger of being typecast as the kid who’s always being tortured or abducted. After spending a full season in the Upside Down, only to return with some creepy worms, the actor, who plays Will on Stranger Things, gets put through the ringer in Panic! at the Disco’s “LA Devotee.” Someone please let this kid be in a teenage romantic comedy!
Stranger Things returns to Netflix on Oct. 27.
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