Stranger Things star wasn't comfortable with on-screen kiss, but producers 'made her' do it

Stranger Things creators under fire for pressuring child actors into season 2 kiss

The unscripted moment between the then 15-year-old stars has sparked the concern of fans

Jacob Stolworthy@Jacob_Stol
Tuesday 07 November 2017 10:09

Stranger Things fans have grown concerned after learning of the circumstances surrounding an on-screen kiss between two child actors in the Netflix show's most recent season.

The kiss in question, which took place during the season 2 finale, happened between Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and new character Max (Sadie Sink) at the climactic Hawkins Middle School Snow Ball dance - something, it emerged on after-show Beyond Stranger Things, was unscripted and sprung upon both actors.

15-year-old Sink recounts the build-up to the moment that Ross Duffer brands “all [her] own fault.”

Stranger Things - Season 2 Final Trailer

She said: “I get there, the first day of Snowball… one of you, I think it was you Ross, you say, ‘Ooh, Sadie, you ready for the kiss?’ I’m like, ‘What! No! That’s not in the script… that’s not happening.’

“So the whole day I was like stressed out, I was like 'Oh my god, wait, am I gonna have to…' and it didn’t happen that day, but then the second day of Snow Ball.”

It's here where Duffer wades in telling Sink that, despite the fact he had been joking, he felt inspired to make her do the kiss due to her initial reluctance.

“You reacted so strongly to this - I was just joking - and you were so freaked out that I was like well, I gotta make her do it now… that’s why I’m saying it’s your fault.”

Sadie Sink and Caleb McLaughlin in 'Stranger Things 2'

Sink and McLaughlin performed the kiss in a room full of extras as well as “their parents, and the crew and [Sink's] mom.”

Many are expressing their concern regarding the moment via social media wondering why the Duffers didn't work with the actors in order to make them feel comfortable in performing the moment.

Last week, a model came under heavy fire for making an “inappropriate” comment about 14-year-old actor Finn Wolfhard who plahys Mike Wheeler in the hit Netflix show.

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