If you’re anything like us, you’ve already binge-raced your way through season two of Stranger Things and are gearing up for season three. As we settle in for what will likely be a lengthy wait, with more than a year between air dates of seasons one and two, we’re looking beyond Netflix to get our fix and into the RL lives of the actors and actresses who play the show’s beloved characters. While we’d know some of them anywhere (we’re looking at you, Charlie Heaton), others, like newcomer Sadie Sink, look TOTALLY different. See for yourself by scrolling through!
Millie Bobby Brown/Eleven: Show lead Brown turned our worlds upside down when she showed up to the season two premiere with a look unlike we’ve ever seen from the once-buzzed star: hair that grazed her shoulders! Though she says she prefers her hair shaved, we’re kinda digging this new girlish style, if we do say so ourselves. (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty + Netflix)
Finn Wolfhard/Mike Wheeler: Eleven may have the gorgeous ringlets of the group on the small screen, but in real life, it’s 14-year-old Wolfhard that’s sporting those enviable curls. D’awww! (Photo via Astrid Stawiarz/Getty + Netflix)
Caleb McLaughlin/Lucas: Though the RL Lucas looks a bit older (and more stylish — check out those sweet culottes!), we definitely see some… similarities between actor and character. Clearly, the 16-year-old has a signature pose.(Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty + Netflix) (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty + Netflix)
Gabe Matarazzo/Dustin: Matarazzo definitely had a few more pearly whites to show off this season, and he’s (unsurprisingly!) got a full set off-screen too. He’s also a bit more polished than his adorable character, ditching the trucker cap and hoodies for a well-combed coif and a spiffy button-down. (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty + Netflix)
Noah Schnapp/Will Byers: Gone is the epic bowl cut that characterizes Schnapp’s character, replaced instead by a modern, slicked-back ‘do that adds years of maturity to the 13-year-old’s look (he also appears to have a lot more pep in his step, considering that he’s not actually, you know, a zombie boy). They grow up so fast! (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty + Netflix)
Natalia Dyer/Nancy Wheeler: We’d hardly know Dyer after she made the recent swap from brunette to blonde. Gone are her formerly demure locks, replaced instead by a full, lush style that would undoubtedly have Jonathan and Steve’s jaws on the floor. Are you in there, Nancy Wheeler?
Joe Keery/Steve Harrington: While there’s no word on whether or not Keery is a super babysitter when it comes to taking care of kids in the normal realm, the word on his character’s famously luscious locks (he uses Fabergé, kids), is in, and it’s just as on-point as Steve’s. (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty + Netflix)
Charlie Heaton/Jonathan Byers: Aside from looking like he’s gotten a touch more sleep and actually washed his hair, our favorite underdog looks largely the same — and that’s not a bad thing! (Photo via Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty + Netflix)
Priah Ferguson/Erica: As the breakout star of season two (those zingers, though!), we had no doubt that Lucas’s little sis would be just as adorable in the real world as she was on the show. Needless to say, we weren’t disappointed: With her glasses and lovable grin, girl is cuter than we ever could have imagined. (Photo via @priahferguson)
Dacre Montgomery/Billy: Billy’s character was *ALL* about the mullet, but not so much the case for Montgomery, who keeps his locks smoothed back. He’s also a bit more refined than Billy style-wise, looking dapper in a gray suit for the show’s LA premiere. (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty + Netflix)
Winona Ryder/Joyce: Fans of the iconic Heathers actress will need no refresher on what she looks like off-duty, but after two seasons of seeing her in a seemingly permanent panic over her fictional youngest son’s strange goings-on, it’s a nice reminder to see her at ease — er, as ease as one can be on the red carpet, anyway! (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty + Netflix)
Sean Astin/Bob Newby: Astin’s IRL look is not much of a change, TBH, but frankly, we'd expect nothing less from the man who plays the steady and reliable Bob Newby! (Photo via Valerin Macon/Getty + Netflix)
David Harbour/Chief Hopper: Harbour is a bit more clean-cut than his onscreen alter ego, nixing the facial hair for his appearance at this year’s Emmy Awards. He was also a surprising dead-ringer for Joe Keery (better known to Stranger fans as Steve in his younger days, as he proved over on Instagram.
Linnea Berthelsen/Kali: With her faux-hawkish, sideswept hair and dark eyeliner, Eleven’s big sis is a total badass, and she looks plenty b*tchin’ offscreen too. We got a glimpse of her sans character makeup at the show’s LA premiere, where she sported a trendy, covetable bob and a golden glow that even the Kardashians would envy, and can we just say: wowza! (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty + Netflix)
Sadie Sink/Max: What a transformation! “Mad Max” was the ultimate tomboy this season, filling in as the only girl in the squad in Eleven’s absence, but check her out on the red carpet! Girl looks CHIC, with sleek, flat-ironed locks, a black and white streamlined outfit, and gorgeous, subtle makeup. *Low whistle* (Photo via Astrid Stawiarz/Getty + Netflix)
Which cast member do you think looks the most different in real life? Tell us over @BritandCo.
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