Stranger Things Cast Was Worried Netflix Would Cancel The Show Initially
Thank God they didn't!
Netflix is good at two things: pumping new content and canceling the shows we love. It has happened many times but that’s just how they work. But, imagine if Netflix cancels Stranger Things! There would be outrage on social media, especially on Twitter. But, it almost seems unthinkable right now, despite the show finishing its 3rd season, right? However, the Stranger Things cast initially thought that the streaming giant would cancel the show after season 1!
Stranger Things cast thought Netflix would pull the plug
At first, rarely anyone had an idea of how successful the show was going to be. Natalia Dyer, who plays Nancy Wheeler admitted that she “had no idea how successful” the Netflix original would become. In fact, they were so off point that Natalia and the rest of the cast believed Netflix would pull the plug on Stranger Things.
While talking to the Independent, Natalia revealed:
“Nobody knew if it was going to get picked up again after we finished filming season one. There was really an air of, ‘We might never see each other again’.”
Natalia further said that it hit them like an “overwhelming shock” that Stranger Things became a sensation!
No-one had any idea how successful the show would be. There was no preparation – there couldn’t have been, even if we’d known. It was a surprising and overwhelming shock. Then it was like, ‘OK, this is how it is now’.
Of course, the cast members couldn’t be more wrong. But, that’s just how the industry works. In fact, most of the shows barely get past the pilot in the olden days. For instance, most of ‘The Sopranos’ cast thought the show wouldn’t go beyond the pilot. They thought that despite believing that the show was written brilliantly! Therefore, the Stranger Things cast can be forgiven for thinking Netflix would cancel the show after season 1.
Natalia Dyer is protective other cast members from being “oversexualized”
Moreover, Dyer also talked about how she was concerned about the “over-sexualization” of the child actors. Even though they were teenagers, they were still underage, as Dyer said:
There are so many layers going on here. I generally feel like, to me, it’s oversexualizing them. I feel protective over the younger kids even though they’re not kids anymore, they’re teens.
Dyer believes that it is a “tricky and complex issue” and further said that the sexualization of young actors is “a cultural issue”. However, she thinks there’s more to it:
There must be a bigger concept behind it as to why. Just let people be the people that they are, without any judgement.