Friday 23 March 2018

Sophie Turner warns people to leave young Stranger Things stars alone

The actress who played Barb in the series has also spoken out in defence of Finn Wolfhard.

Sophie Turner
Sophie Turner

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Sophie Turner has hit out at “super weird” people waiting outside hotels for the child stars of Stranger Things.

The Game Of Thrones actress urged people to give the youngsters space and to not give them abuse “when they don’t stop” to pose for a photo.

The 21-year-old’s comments followed those made by the Netflix programme’s Shannon Purser, who spoke out after one of the cast’s young actors, 14-year-old Finn Wolfhard, was criticised for reportedly not stopping to speak to fans who had waited outside his hotel.

Turner wrote: “Damn … seeing fully grown adults wait outside the ‘Stranger Things’ kids’ hotels etc, and then abuse them when they don’t stop for them… Is super weird A. What adult in their right mind waits for a CHILD outside their hotel and B is then is offended when the CHILD doesn’t stop.

“It doesn’t matter if they are an actor … they are kids first. Give them the space they need in order to grow without feeling like they owe … Anyone anything for living their childhood dreams.”

She added: “Oh and ps. Imagine.. you, a parent, walking with your 13 year old son/daughter and seeing a fully grown adult pointing their camera phone … at your kid.

“You would do anything you could to delete that persons photograph, and remove your child from that situation as soon as … you could.

“It doesn’t matter if that child happens to be an actor and consented to a professional film crew capturing their moves when … in character … That does NOT mean that this child consented to being followed around with a camera in their face.”

Turner said it does not “come with the job” and added: “And how dare you shun and demean that child when they don’t pose for an adult strangers photograph or walk over and talk to them when they … take that NOT CONSENTED FOR photo.

“Doesn’t that go against everything we teach our children anyway? Pshhhh. Some people man.”

Purser, who played the ill-fated Barbara “Barb” Holland in the first season of Stranger Things, leapt to Wolfhard’s defence.

The 20-year-old actress wrote: “Okay, no. No actor is under any obligation to stop for anyone. Finn is an incredibly kind human. But he’s human and he needs breaks too.

“I experience this on a significantly smaller scale, obviously, but I’ve had people waiting for me in hotel lobbies, at my airport gate, etc.

“And I’m an adult. I can’t imagine being inundated with all this attention at his age. It’s intimidating.

“So, from one big sister to the world, don’t you DARE make young actors feel guilty or indebted to you because they couldn’t say hi.”

She added: “They give you their art. They love their fans. Don’t take advantage of that. And if you can’t handle them needing space, stay away.”

The cast of Stranger Things includes Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown and Noah Schnapp, both 13, 15-year-old Gaten Matarazzo, and 16-year-old Caleb McLaughlin.

Press Association

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