Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp has come out as gay, sharing the news with fans in a TikTok video.
Schnapp, 18, plays the closeted gay teenager Will Byers on the Netflix show, and has fielded many questions about Byers’ sexuality from fans and interviewers over the years.
In the viral video, which has accumulated 11.9 million views and counting, Schnapp writes: “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’.”
Watch the video above.
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In the video, Schnapp lip-syncs to audio of someone else saying, “You know what it never was? That serious. It was never that serious. Quite frankly, will never be that serious.”
He captioned the post: “I guess I’m more similar to will than I thought.”
Over the years, Schnapp has continually deflected questions about his character’s sexuality, shutting down questions and insisting it was “up to the audience’s interpretation.”
But in July 2022, after the final two episodes of Stranger Things season four aired, Schnapp confirmed that Will Byers was gay.
In an interview with Variety, Schnapp said: “”It was always kind of there, but you never really knew, is it just him growing up slower than his friends?
“Now that he’s gotten older, they made it a very real, obvious thing. Now it’s 100 per cent clear that he is gay and he does love Mike,” he added.
Mike Wheeler is Byers’ best friend and now long-standing crush in the show.
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Fans have celebrated Schnapp’s video on TikTok, and applauded his decision to come out of the closet.
“Proud of you,” one fan wrote.
“SO PROUD OF YOU!!!… We all love you sm I wish nothing but the best!” another wrote.
Schnapp took on his role on Stranger Things at the young age of 10, alongside stars Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin and Joe Keery.
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