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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 Candymag.com! 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.

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"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."

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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.'

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"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!"

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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.'"

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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."

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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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There will always be something in between, that stiches two extremes into a one fine art, between love and pain, there is learning, the midnight always reminds us that yesterday is over but there is always a tomorrow waiting for us to rise, between our dreams and our failures, there is hope, the wisest person sometimes understand that life is a prism, it can blind us with all the colors and wonders of its side, but there is one source of light that made all those colors possible. Take a chance to be that light, that sees not only the parts that we hide, nor the highlights of our lives but those moments of everything in between.

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It was the morning of May 5; I went to the ICU to take the morning shift. I peeked from the sliding door and saw a female doctor and 3 nurses probably making their rounds. Half asleep, I entered the room not realizing what was happening. I sat in front of my grandma’s bed, waiting for the doctors to leave. My aunt was crying from the corner of the room, I thought that perhaps my grandma was deteriorating. Then the monitor on the upper left part of the bed kept beeping, then the lady in white coat announced “time of death 8:50”.

Everything froze, I didn’t understand a thing. I saw my aunt hug our grandma so tight, shaking out of grief and desperation. I sat there frozen and speechless, it was so surreal I thought it was a dream. My sister who was sitting beside me took a few heavy steps towards grandma’s bed. She hugged our grandma and whispered words lost in between her sobs.

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For someone who has been a K-pop fan since 2009, I’ve witnessed how the Korean wave continuously stayed on our shores and how it blossomed from the 2nd generation of K-pop Idols to the 3rd generation. And before we can even enjoy social media and live-streaming today, we had a hard time fangirling back then and here, I’ve listed the struggles only Titas of K-pop can relate to.

1. Dealing with a slow internet connection

For some reason, the internet back then was significantly slower than it is today. Youtube videos take too long to load and watching your favorite Korean music show online requires you to dwell on the never-ending buffering that the slow internet connection gives. Patience is a virtue, sis!

2. Downloading k-pop songs

Before we can even enjoy the existence of Spotify, the only way to revel in our favorite k-pop songs multiple times is to have them downloaded or sometimes, you have to buy the physical album first and have the songs ripped from the CD. The struggle is real, I know!

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3. Your favorite k-pop group just don’t visit your country

Since K-pop is still not popular in the country back then, when your favorite K-pop group announces world tour, there’s a zero probability that you will get to see your bias in the flesh because Philippines is not always a part of their tour. It’s seriously heartbreaking, tbh!

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5. Watching videos without subtitles

The struggle is real when the most anticipated appearance of your idol on a TV show comes out only to find out that there are no subtitles! So you just end up waiting for someone to upload the subtitles and for the extreme level, you find time in learning the Korean language and wish to speak Korean so you can watch in peace. To become a fan might be one of the most challenging roles to play but believe me when I say that it is just one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

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/Cover photo from SM Entertainment

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