Finn Wolfhard Thrilled at 'Stranger Things' Co-star's Coming Out

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday February 2, 2023

Finn Wilfhard
Finn Wilfhard  (Source:Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

"Stranger Things" star Finn Wolfhard said he had "a big smile on my face" when castmate Noah Schnapp came out last month in a TikTok video, Variety reported.

Wolfhard, 20, who stars in the newly released film "When You Finish Saving the World," told GQ about his reaction to Schnapp's coming out.

"When I saw it, I just had a big smile on my face," Wolfhard said. "I was just really proud of him."

Wolfhard plays Mike, the heterosexual best friend of Schnapp's character, Will, and upon whom Will has a longstanding crush — something that fans long suspected, but that the series only made explicit in the final episode of its recently-aired fourth season.

Schnapp came out shortly after New Year's Day, posting a TikTok of himself lip-synching to the words "You know what it never was? That serious. It was never that serious. Quite frankly, will never be that serious."

Text accompanying the video read, "When I finally told my friends and family I was gay after being scared in the closet for 18 years and all they said was 'we know.'"

"Stranger Things" is currently on hiatus. The cast completed filming of the hit show's recently aired fourth season and have not yet reassembled in Georgia for production of its fifth and final season.

Wolfhard and Schnapp have both "been with Netflix's 'Stranger Things' since its pilot episode," Variety noted. Wolfhard reckoned that the cast is like a family — though, he said, they are "not on everyday-text vibes in any way."

Explaining the familial metaphor, Wolfhard said, "Do you text your cousins every day? Probably not.... We'll talk on each other's birthdays. We'll talk once in a while. But in the same way that family works, if I ever needed anything, they're there."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.