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Hanging Out With the Cool Kids of Stranger Things in Manila

Before the season 2 premiere of Stranger Things, we got to hang with some of the old gang and a pair of brand new strangers making their debut soon. Read all about it here!
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If you still haven't gotten on the Stranger Things train, you have about 3 weeks to marathon the first season before the second season's premiere on October 27. Last year, we met and got to know Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown. She even played a round of This or That with! This time around, we got to sit down with Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) and Joe Keery (Steve Harrington) who have been promoted to season regulars, plus Hawkins newcomers and onscreen siblings Dacre Montgomery (Billy) and Sadie Sink (Max). Check out our quick Q&A with the foursome!

What's the best memory you have from filming season 1 and a fun experience you can share from filming season 2?

Joe Keery: "Filming the scene where we got to fight the Demogorgon at the end of season 1 was really fun. That was two or three days of just me, Charlie [Heaton], and Natalia [Dyer] just in the house getting to hang and film that. That was really fun.


"For season 2, it's kind of hard. I can't really pick one. It was really just fun hanging out. Really easy, relaxed vibe on set. Tensions never really run high even though, like, you get under pressure."

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Noah Schnapp: "I have a couple but I really enjoyed filming the very first scene where all the boys were sitting together at the table playing D&D. It was just cool because it was the very beginning of the season and we didn't really know each other. I remember everyone was sitting behind the camera making faces and laughing. When the camera wasn't on them, they would make a face behind the camera and we were all messing up. It took a while to get that scene done but it was a lot of fun.

"For season 2, there's no specific thing we really loved it was just the whole season was really fun."


Do you have any strange or funny encounters with fans?

Noah: "I'm gonna say the one I said before because it's just really weird. I was at the airport and I don't know how the kid noticed me because I was facing the other way. I was peeing in the bathroom and I was facing the wall. He tapped me on the shoulder, 'Hey, can I get a picture with you?' I was like, 'Uh, gimme a second.'


"And the other one was someone asked me to prom. And it was like, 'sure, I said yes.' And they were like, 'OMG, OMG! That's so cool.' And they ran up to my parents and they got their phone out and they were like video-ing my mom to get proof or something, I don't know. And they were like 'this is the date, this the time, come at this hour, you have to be dressed like this.' And I was like, 'oh you're serious.' And they were like 'yes, you can't back out!' It was really weird. I still don't know when it is."

Joe: "I guess kind of a weird one is people like to touch my hair. It's weird!"


What was it like joining the cast from the first season? Were there any silly initiation rights or pranks that they played on you?

Dacre Montgomery: "No, there was no hazing. They were very, very inclusive of us. Considering the first season was such a hit and like who am I? I'm from Australia. They were so welcoming. And I learned a lot. I've never done TV before. I learned a lot from the other teenagers and kids and adults."

Sadie Sink: "It's definitely a close cast, so I didn't know how it was going to be stepping into that. But they couldn't have been more welcoming. There was no trouble at all. I think we got along really well."

Did you have to watch movies or shows or listen to music from the '80s to get into the setting of Stranger Things?

Sadie: "I would just ask my parents. As far as like music or films go, I know the other kids to prepare they were instructed to watch all of these '80s films. But not really for me, I was just told, 'Learn how to skateboard.'"


Was it hard?

Sadie: "To learn how to skateboard? Yes. At first, it was. I fell a lot at first but they had me in like ridiculous knee pads, elbow pads, and a helmet. It was hard. I actually kind of learned to love it. And then after a while, I just felt like, wow I never thought I would actually enjoy skateboarding but it’s something pretty fun."


Do you watch any series on Netflix now? Do you watch per episode or binge-watch everything?

Dacre: "Ozark was amazing. I watch Grace and Frankie, I watch Rick and Morty. Black Mirror Season 3 was amazing. House of Cards."

Sadie: "For me, it's Arrested Development. I watched the first 2 seasons. I try to say, 'Okay, Sadie, we're going to watch one episode today and one episode tomorrow.' But that never happens."

As for us, we're definitely watching all episodes in one go when Stranger Things Season 2 streams on Netflix this October 27. We can't wait!









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Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.


You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.

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As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”


I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend

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