Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers on Netflix's hit mega hit sci-fi series, Stranger Things, has come out as gay in a new TikTok.
The 18-year-old actor uploaded a video of himself lying down and mouthing along to the "It was not that serious" viral sound, with the text on the screen reading: "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.'"
He then posted the TikTok with the caption: "I guess I’m more similar to Will than I thought."
After years of fans speculating, this past summer Schnapp confirmed his character Will Byers was gay, telling Variety:
"Obviously, it was hinted at in season 1: 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 percent clear that he is gay and he does love Mike. But before, it was a slow arc."
"I think it is done so beautifully, because it’s so easy to make a character just like all of a sudden be gay," Schnapp continued, referring to the end of Stranger Things Season 4 where it becomes clear that Will has feelings for Mike (Finn Wolfhard). "People have come up to me — I was just in Paris and this, like, 40-year-old man came up to me and he was like, 'Wow, this Will character made me feel so good. And I related to it so much. That is exactly who I was when I was a kid.' That just made me so happy to hear. They are writing this real character and this real journey and real struggle and they’re doing it so well."
The comment section for Schnapp's video was filled with messages congratulating him on coming out, like TikTok celebrity Chris Olsen who wrote: "welcome king."
We'll hop on the support bandwagon, too: Welcome to the fam, Schnapp! Now we are even more excited for the next season of Stranger Things.
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