Teen star Wol ard will pose with fans for $60 a pop

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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,

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