Teen star Wol ard will pose with fans for $60 a pop
At the age of 14, Canadian Finn Wolfhard finds himself in a peculiar but not unwelcome place: He is the science fiction world’s “It” boy.
In September, he stars in Stephen King’s horror fantasy It. In October, it is the premiere of season 2 of Netflix’s breakout hit Stranger Things, the homage to ’80s science fiction that scored a stunning 18 Emmy Award nominations.
It’s been a dizzying ride for the young Vancouver actor. This week he is in Toronto at Fan Expo Canada — the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in the country — where strangers will line up to have their photographs taken with the teen for $60 a pop. A Stranger Things panel is slated for Saturday.
Filming has now wrapped on the upcoming Stranger Things season. On the show he plays Mike Wheeler who, along with his buddies, tackles a supernatural power in their town as the production con-
I imagine your life has changed since Stranger Things. How do you deal with the fame?
It’s definitely crazy. I don’t think my personality has changed a lot though. It’s weird and cool how people can go to great lengths to see you. It’s like somebody giving a concert and them driving two hours just to meet you. I definitely didn’t think the show would take off the way it did. I thought it would maybe gain at best a cult following over the years. But it took off immediately which really surprised everybody.
What can you tell us about your character and the new season of Stranger Things?
I love how my character is going in season 2. I think we’re at the stage where he’s not trying to be the hero anymore. He’s trying to blend in, and I think at least at the beginning in a way we’re more invisible than the last season.
You auditioned for the show while sick in bed. And your rst acting job was though Craigslist.
It’s true. I auditioned for the
Stephen King’s It, in many ways has a very familiar feel to Stranger Things. What was the experience lming that like?
I shot it directly after Stranger Things. It was similar but different. It was a bigger crew, you had to answer to more people. It was kind of like going to college, and a bigger budget kind of thing. But it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life.
Twitter blew up when you had a romantic kissing scene with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). Did you think you would get that reaction?
Yeah. I didn’t really prepare for it. I just kind of went and did it. And people are going to have reactions I guess when you do a scene like that!
14, who stars in Stranger Things and
Vancouver actor Finn Wol hard,