'Stranger Things' Actor Confirms: Yep, Will is Gay!

Saturday July 16, 2022
Originally published on July 15, 2022

"Stranger Things" actor Noah Schnapp
"Stranger Things" actor Noah Schnapp  (Source:Instagram)

Noah Schnapp escorted his "Stranger Things" character out of the closet in a recent interview, confirming that Will is in love with his best friend Mike (played by Finn Wolfhard) and noting the show's writers have "been intentionally pulling that out over the past few seasons," according to IndieWire.

Schnapp told Variety something fans have seen for themselves: "I mean," he said, "it's pretty clear this season that Will has feelings for Mike."

And fans have been picking up on evidence of those feelings far longer than just this season. Even in Season 1, the writers hinted at that and slowly, slowly grew that storyline.

"I think for Season 4, it was just me playing this character who loves his best friend but struggles with knowing if he'll be accepted or not, and feeling like a mistake and like he doesn't belong," the 17-year-old actor added. "Will has never really found anywhere to fit in. I think that's why so many people come up to me and tell me that they love Will and they resonate with him so much, because it's such a real character."

The Variety interview cut right to the chase, noting that in the latest season Will managed to find a way to tell Mike how he feels, though without actually telling him. Filming the scene took an entire day, and he was "bawling, like, going all out the whole day," but Schnapp told Variety that it was "a lot of fun" to shoot the emotionally intense exchange, and added: "This scene was really important for him [Will], because it really solidified that truth, that he loves his best friend and he doesn't know how to tell him."

Schnapp's performance, and that of Charlie Heaton, who plays Will's older brother Jonathan, prompted the writers to whip up an additional scene that also moved viewers: Jonathan letting Will know that it's OK for him to be gay.

"It's also very important for people to see that Will is not alone," Schnapp told Variety, "because all we ever see of him is struggling and feeling depressed and that he can't be himself." Though the scene between the brothers was created on the fly, "it's just the perfect way to tell someone like Will that he cares about him and he accepts him no matter what," Schnapp said. "I think it was really wholesome."

Now that the cat is out of the bag, Schnapp hopefully won't have to dance around the subject so much. As IndieWire noted, Schnapp has been cagey in the past when asked about Will's sexuality, and "refused to give fans a definitive answer, saying that Will's sexuality was up for interpretation."

"Now it's 100% clear that he is gay and he does love Mike," Schnapp told Variety, going on to explain that getting to this point "was a slow arc" that was "done beautifully, because it's so easy to make a character just like all of a sudden be gay."

"They are writing this real character and this real journey and real struggle," Schnapp went on to say, "and they're doing it so well."