Here's The "Stranger Things" Cast In Their First Big Role Vs. In The Movie Vs. In Real Life

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Stranger Things is back, baby! And it's truly one of the most chaotic seasons yet.

The kids from "Stranger Things" with flashlights in the dark
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Now, six months after the Battle of Starcourt, the gang will return to take on their biggest threat yet: high school. Hopper is still missing, the Byers family moved away, and Eleven is still struggling without her powers. Oh, and there's the Upside Down, of course. With a new villain on our hands, we'll watch as our favorite characters put an end to the Upside Down once and for all.

The kids in "Stranger Things"
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So, to celebrate Stranger Things' fourth season, below are some photos of the cast in their first big role vs. in the series vs. IRL:

1.Millie Bobby Brown in her first big role as Young Alice in the Once Upon a Time spinoff series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland in 2013:

Millie Bobby Brown as a young child
ABC

Here's Millie as Eleven on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Millie Bobby Brown as a teenager
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's Millie in real life:

Millie Bobby Brown in a formal dress
Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

2.This is Finn Wolfhard in his first big role as himself in the music video for "Retro Oceans" by Facts in 2012:

A young Finn Wolfhard smiling on the beach
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Here's Finn as Mike Wheeler on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Finn Wolfhard as a teenager
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's Finn in real life:

Finn Wolfhard in a silk outfit
Jacopo Raule / FilmMagic / Getty Images

3.This is Gaten Matarazzo in his first big role as Gavroche in Les Miserables in 2014:

Gaten Matarazzo as a young child
Walter McBride / Getty Images

Here's Gaten as Dustin Henderson on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Gaten Matarazzo as a teenager
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's Gaten in real life:

Gaten Matarazzo in a plaid suit at a Netflix event
Roy Rochlin / Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust

4.This is Caleb McLaughlin in his first big role as Noah in Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes in 2012:

Caleb McLaughlin as a small boy
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Here's Caleb as Lucas Sinclair on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Caleb McLaughlin as a teenager
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's Caleb in real life:

Caleb smiling at an event
Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images

5.This is Noah Schnapp in his first big role as Roger Donovan in Bridge of Spies in 2015:

  Walt Disney Studios
Walt Disney Studios

Here's Noah as Will Byers on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Noah Schnapp as a teenager
Courtesy Netflix

And here's Noah in real life:

Noah Schnapp at an event
Steve Granitz / FilmMagic / Getty Images

6.This is Sadie Sink in her first big role as Lana on The Americans in 2013:

Sadie Sink as a small girl
FX

Here's Sadie as Max Mayfield on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Sadie Sink playing a teenager
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's Sadie in real life:

Sadie Sink in a blazer at an event
Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images,

7.This is Priah Ferguson in her first big role as Asia on Atlanta in 2016:

Priah Ferguson as a child
FX

Here's Priah as Erica Sinclair on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Priah Ferguson as a teenager
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's Priah in real life:

Priah Ferguson wearing a dress at an event
Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images,

8.This is Charlie Heaton in his first big role as Jason Waycott on Casualty in 2015:

Charlie Heaton looking serious
BBC One

Here's Charlie as Jonathan Byers on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Charlie Heaton sits on a couch in "Stranger Things"
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's Charlie in real life:

Charlie Heaton wearing a suit at a Netflix event
Emma Mcintyre / Getty Images for Netflix

9.This is Natalia Dyer in her first big role as Clarissa Granger in Hannah Montana: The Movie in 2009:

Natalia Dyer as a child
Walt Disney Studios

Here's Natalia as Nancy Wheeler on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Natalia Dyer as a high schooler
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's Natalia in real life:

Natalia Dyer dressed in a suit at a Netflix event
Emma Mcintyre / Getty Images for Netflix

10.This is Joe Keery in his first big role as Emmett on Chicago Fire in 2015:

Joe Keery in a beanie and coat
NBC

Here's Joe Keery as Steve Harrington on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Joe Keery looking confused in "Stranger Things"
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's Joe Keery in real life:

Joe Keery smiling in a suit at an event
Theo Wargo / Getty Images

11.This is Maya Hawke in her first big role as Jo March in the BBC miniseries Little Women in 2017:

Maya Hawke looking off into the distance
BBC

Here's Maya as Robin Buckley on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Maya Hawke with short hair in "Stranger Things"
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's Maya in real life:

Maya Hawke wearing a striped denim suit at a Netflix event
Emma Mcintyre / Getty Images for Netflix

12.This is Joseph Quinn in his first big role as Arthur Havisham on Dickensian in 2015:

Joseph Quinn dressed in 19th-century clothing
BBC One / Everett

Here's Joseph as Eddie Munson on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Joseph Quinn with '80s hair
Tina Rowden / Tina Rowden/Netflix

And here's Joseph in real life:

Joseph Quinn in a suit at an event
Theo Wargo / Getty Images

13.This is Eduardo Franco in his first big role as Stu on Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything in 2015:

Eduardo Franco standing with his mouth agape
Disney XD

Here's Eduardo as Argyle on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Eduardo Franco on the phone
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's Eduardo in real life:

Eduardo Franco in a suit on the red carpet
Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

14.This is Winona Ryder in her first big role as Rina in Lucas in 1986:

A young Winona Ryder
20th Century Fox

Here's Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Winona Ryder as an adult
Atsushi Nishijima / Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix

And here's Winona in real life:

Winona Ryder at an event
Amy Sussman / Getty Images for Deadline Hollywood

15.This is David Harbour in his first big role as Officer Shanks on As the World Turns in 1999:

David Harbour talking on the phone
CBS

Here's David as Jim Hopper on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

David Harbour outside in the snow
Courtesy of Netflix

And here's David in real life:

David Harbour laughing with an embroidered blazer on at an event
Cindy Ord / Getty Images

16.This is Brett Gelman in his first big role as one of the various characters he played on Human Giant in 2007:

Brett Gelman with his mouth agape
MTV

Here's Brett as Murray Bauman on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Brett Gelman with a blood-streaked face outside in the snow
Tina Rowden / Tina Rowden/Netflix

And here's Brett in real life:

Brett Gelman at an event
Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images,

17.This is Paul Reiser in his first big role as Modell in Diner in 1982:

A young Paul Reiser
MGM

Here's Paul as Sam Owens on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Paul Reiser in a doctor's coat
Courtesy Netflix

And here's Paul in real life:

Paul Reiser in a suit talking
Amy Sussman / Getty Images for Writers Guild

18.Finally, this is Jamie Campbell Bower in his first big role as Anthony in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in 2007:

Jamie Campbell Bower standing in the street, looking up
Paramount

Here's Jamie as Peter Ballard / One / Vecna on Season 4 of Stranger Things:

Jamie Campbell Bower in a white suit; as a creature
Courtesy Netflix

And here's Jamie in real life:

Jamie Campbell Bower in a suit at an event
Theo Wargo / Getty Images

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