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A 'Stranger Things' Star Just Got Real About His Character's Sexual Orientation

Netflix's "Stranger Things" has left fans of the show with a lot of questions. What is the Upside Down? Why a certain character is throwing up slugs? What's going to happen in Season 2.

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High on the list of inquiries for some viewers is whether or not 12-year-old Will Byers, who goes missing the first episode of the series, is gay.

The actor who plays Will decided to speak out.

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According to Noah Schnapp, who portrays Will in the series, it doesn't matter if his character is gay or straight. In fact, he hopes the writers of the show never make it clear.

In an Instagram note posted on Sunday, Schnapp said that characters shouldn't be stereotyped into a particular sexual orientation. Rather, he wrote that he thinks it's more important fans to interpret the situation in a way that's meaningful to them, because "we all relate to being different."

He writes:

"For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point. Stranger Things is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way or are different. Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who lies photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay? I'm only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that's why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did."

For a 12-year-old, Schnapp makes a sensible case for moving beyond binaries and labels into a place where we recognize that everyone is unique.

See Schnapp's full post on Instagram below:

So I thought it would be time to jump into the conversation. I've been reading stuff for a while. I think everyone here is missing the point. An author called Gary Schmidt came to speak at our school this week and he said that good stories aren't supposed to leave you with answers because then you never question yourself and you forget about it. A good book, or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions but makes you think. Which is what you are all doing. For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point. Stranger Things is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way or are different. Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay? I'm only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that's why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did. So you can ask all these questions. I hope the real answer never comes out!#dufferbrothers ❤️❤️

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