The long-anticipated release of Stranger Things’ second season this Friday is our own personal holiday. While we can’t necessarily take the day off to binge watch, we did the next best thing: We sat down with a few of our favorite boys from the show, and though they’ve got plenty on their plate between fighting Demogorgons and finding Eleven, they found time to become honorary Potatoheads.
First up: Finn Wolfhard. We’d be hard-pressed to find a time in our respective childhoods when we were as cool as this kid. Turns out he loves doughnuts, wants to jam with Paul McCartney, and has a penchant for Rag & Bone. Come back tomorrow and Wednesday for interviews with more of the cast!
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
It would start with donuts, and it would end with ice cream. In between, there would be a really great burger and some ramen.
What’s your favorite breakfast?
A cinnamon bun from Grounds for Coffee in Vancouver.
Do you have a favorite and least favorite food? What are they?
My favorite food is donuts, and my least favorite is almost all fruit.
Exactly when was it you knew you wanted to be an actor?
I got the first thing I auditioned for at the age of nine, and I have been hooked ever since.
Did you ever think you wanted to be anything else besides an actor?
I play a lot of music and am recording an album with my band in November. I also directed a music video with my partner Josh Ovalle, who I am also writing a series with. All of those things – music, directing, writing – I’m into all of them and think about doing them, too.
What’s a funny thing that happened on set in season one?
The very first scene we shot as a foursome – me, Caleb, Noah and Gaten – the D&D scene, well, at some point we all spontaneously burst out laughing for no apparent reason. I mean, none. We all just started laughing hysterically, like a family does when someone does a callback or says a single word that brings back some past experience, except that we had no real past experience together. I’ve read that the Duffers said they slept really well that night, because the four of us had bonded so well so quickly, and my dad told me there were crew assuming we had all known each other for years. But really, we had all just starting hanging out together thanks to Matt, Ross, Shawn, Dan and Carmen Cuba.
Have things been really different for you at school since you started the show? Do your classmates watch?
Things were different after season one for exactly one day, and then it was normal again.
You’ve got quite the Instagram following! Any advice you can give us about how to take a good Instagram?
Get creative with it.
Did you grow up liking scary movies? Are you ever scared while filming?
I didn’t really watch scary movies until recently. When I’m filming, I’m only scared in the moment, while I am actually acting, and not before or after.
Would you say you’re similar to or different than your character?
When I am thinking about what to do with a scene, in the end, I always think about how I myself would act or react to the situation. So, in that sense my characters are similar to me, because they might act or react like I myself would, but not always.
What besides acting and school do you love?
I love music – playing it, writing it, listening to it. I love the time I spend with my band, which is not very frequent, but when we do jam it’s for hours and hours, with breaks for ramen and pho and sometimes runs to music shops for vinyl or pedals. I also love hanging with my brother and pets because we are separated so much, and I love writing and planning film and TV projects with my writing/directing/producing partner, Josh Ovalle.
What’s something we definitely don’t know about you, that we should?
I’m starting to get into still photography on film.
We love that your band is named after a character in To Kill A Mockingbird – Calpurnia – what are your three favorite books?
Who are your favorite bands right now? What are your favorite TV shows (besides Stranger Things, of course)!
Bands right now are PUP, SWMRS, Twin Peaks, White Reaper, The Lemon Twigs, The Beatles, Frankie Cosmos, Phoenix, Mac Demarco, Whitney, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. TV-wise I love Nirvana the Band the Show, Rick and Morty, and American Vandal. The problem right now is that between production, school and my band, I really don’t have a lot of time for viewing anything longer than 15 minutes, so it’s also about what I want to see, like The Night Of, whenever I have the hours to screen it.
Do you have an all time favorite song? What is it and why do you love it?
I don’t really have an all time favorite song or if I do, it changes everyday. I love The Beatles, though, and I’ve listened to all their work. I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t listen to something they’ve done, and I have seen all their movies, all but one film about them, and all the documentaries about them. I love all their eras and periods, from the origins to their more complex stuff at the end. I love that Paul is still out there, jamming all over the world for us, when he could just be sitting on a beach. The whole experience is so incredibly inspiring.
What’s your favorite thing in your closet right now?
If you could have dinner with anyone who you haven’t met yet, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet Andy Kaufman, but I guess that’s out of the question – at least for now. Luckily Paul McCartney is still with us, and I would love to jam with him and hear stories from him about the late 50s, the 60s, and 70s.