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Har­bour loves play­ing a flawed hero on the Net­flix hit Stranger Things. Har­bour ( pic­tured with co-star Wi­nona Ry­der) plays po­lice chief Jim Hop­per, a sort of fa­ther fig­ure in his In­di­ana town who mourns the loss of his own daugh­ter to cancer.

Hop­per’s grief can make him can­tan­ker­ous. Yet he was one of the hor­ror thriller’s most ap­peal­ing char­ac­ters last sea­son.

No won­der, says Har­bour, who ex­plains that the au­di­ence doesn’t need to feel af­fec­tion for a char­ac­ter to make him pop­u­lar. It just has to pay at­ten­tion. And Hop­per de­mands view­ers’ at­ten­tion.

Har­bour says it makes for a deeper re­la­tion­ship when you have mixed feel­ings about a char­ac­ter, rather than sim­ple ad­mi­ra­tion for an out-and-out hero.

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