Actor Noah Schnapp just came out as gay on TikTok.
In an eight-second video posted on January 5, the Stranger Things star mouths along to the words “You know what it never was? That serious.” Text on the video reads, “When I finally told my friends and family I was gay after being scared and in the closet for 18 years and all they said was ‘we know.’”
In the caption, the actor said he has more in common with his Stranger Things character, Will Byers, than he thought.
In July, Schnapp, 18, confirmed that his character, Will, identifies as gay, telling Variety, “Now that he’s gotten older, they made it a very real, obvious thing. Now it’s 100% clear that he is gay and he does love Mike. But before, it was a slow arc.” Before that confirmation, Schnapp had been vague about Will's sexuality, but told Variety that is seemed clear from the beginning. “They’ve been intentionally pulling that out over the past few seasons,” he said. “Even in season one, they hinted at that and slowly, slowly grew that storyline.”
In comments on his TikTok, fans were quick to support the actor, cheering him on and telling him they're happy for and proud of him. Naturally, fans of Stranger Things loved Noah Schnapp's caption on his TikTok comparing himself to Will. Some joked that he's taking method acting to a new level. Netflix even responded in the comments with heart emoji.
Of course, no one owes the public an explanation of their sexuality, but it's always great to see someone living openly and getting the support they deserve.
This article first appeared in Teen Vogue.
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