The Stranger Things Cast: Then and now

Stranger Things not only grew immensely close to our hearts as a show but so did its absolutely amazing cast! They started out as little kids wrapped up in the sweet age of innocence and are now fighting demons, villains and all sorts of scary creatures. Oh, how they’ve grown!

But I’m sure I will not be the only one who secretly wishes that these kids should never have grown up so fast. Well, come on they were so adorable!

Stranger things cast, then and now
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Anyway, let’s delve into the Stranger Things Cast: Then and Now from the first season in 2016 to the present. Get ready to feel old!

  1. Millie Bobby Brown aka Eleven

Then:

Millie was probably the actor who surprised us the most with her candid and top-notch acting as an 11-year-old girl with superpowers in the first season of Stranger Things when it aired in 2016. In fact, Millie was only 12 at this point and even shaved off her head for this role. Millie brought out the innocence, pain, and complexity in Eleven with such ease that it definitely made us all a huge fan of her.

Now:

Stranger things cast, then and now
Millie as the brand ambassador of Pandora, via trends.com

Over the past few years and seasons, Millie, as well as Eleven, have grown quite a bit. Millie is one of the Stranger Things cast members who’ve had the most drastic transformation. For starters, the hair has grown out. It is also believed that Millie went to 90’s star Winona for tips about her hair and Winona is known for her iconic bob cut of the ’90s. Eleven has been a breakthrough role for Millie, allowing her to secure a role in the hit film Godzilla: King of the Monsters and is now all set for the release of Enola Holmes in September 2020 and is also running a cosmetic line called ‘Florence’! Can’t wait for this one! Though Eleven has changed a lot over the seasons her love for Eggos is still strong as ever!

  • Gaten Matarazzo

Then:

Gaten plays the role of the adorable Dustin Henderson, the science nerd with a golden heart. His character provides a lot of comic relief for most of the seasons. Dustin’s cuteness and style of acting have definitely won us all over. Unlike Millie, Gaten had acted in a few big movies before landing this big role.

Now:

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To be honest, Dustin hasn’t changed much through the seasons except probably his hat. This may be because he was pretty mature from the start. Anyway, we see Dustin getting into a relationship and also the most adorable friendship of him and Steve. As for Gaten, he has found roles in music videos and many other commercials as well.

  • Noah Schnapp

Then:

Okay, I am going to be honest here – Noah is my favourite of the lot! In season 1 we saw his character Will disappear which allows for the major mystery and drama in the following season. He was 12 years old when season 1 came out and I must say, what wonderful acting his was!

Now:

Stranger things cast, then and now
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Unlike season 1, in the following season, we got to see much more of him and his sudden shoot up in height as well! He is now 5’8! Can you believe that! Schnapp just finished filming the movie Waiting for Anya, which he will star in alongside Anjelica Huston!

  • Caleb McLaughlin

Then:

Caleb plays the role of Lucus, who is a little more cynical of the lot, especially of Eleven. He is shown to have the coolest gear for all adventures since his father was a war veteran.

Now:

Stranger things cast, then and now
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: Caleb McLaughlin attends 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

In the following seasons, we see his character deal with newfound romance in his life. This one too shoots up into a 1.75m young adult through the 3 seasons. It’s hard to imagine the little Caleb in season 1 now. He also recently had a part in another Netflix original, High Flying Bird.

  • Finn Wolfard

Then:

Finn plays the role of Mike who acts as somewhat the steering force of the storyline. He hides Eleven in his basement in season 1 and also falls in love with her. When Eleven goes missing he tries to contact her regularly for an ENTIRE year. How sweet!

Now:

Stranger things cast, then and now
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Mike is still in a relationship with Eleven. But he is no more the little kid playing dungeons and dragons in his basement. He has had quite the growth spurt ever since. Finn has seen a ton of success since Stranger Things premiered, reprising his role in the It reboot, and scoring a part in The Goldfinch.

So that’s it for this time with the Stranger Things Cast: Then and Now!

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