Age 13

Esquire (Singapore) - - Style -

The Quick Study

The last we saw of lit­tle Will By­ers, Noah Schnapp’s char­ac­ter on the Net­flix megahit Stranger Things, he was freshly res­cued from the clutches of an in­ter­di­men­sional mon­ster and hock­ing up slugs into his bath­room sink. Since then, we’ve no­ticed Schnapp and his teenage co-stars just about ev­ery­where: chan­nelling Mick Jag­ger on Lip Sync Bat­tle; win­ning a SAG award; and, in in­ter­view after in­ter­view, evad­ing in­quiries about the plot of the new­est sea­son of Things (pre­mier­ing this month) with the savvy of much older stars.

That’s the thing about Schnapp: his ré­sumé may be the envy of his fel­low kid ac­tors (be­sides co-star­ring on Things, he voiced Char­lie Brown in 2015’s The Peanuts Movie and worked with Tom Hanks and Spiel­berg in the same year’s Bridge of Spies), but he’s grow­ing up fast. The 13 year-old has act beyond his years—ev­i­dent in those in­ter­views, and again when he took to In­sta­gram to ad­dress pub­lic spec­u­la­tion about his char­ac­ter’s sex­u­al­ity. (To him, it’s be­side the point: “A good show leaves a lot of unan­swered ques­tions.”) One thing that’s not keep­ing pace with his am­bi­tions? His shoe size. “You know what I look for­ward to? There are al­ways shoes that look re­ally cool, but they don’t fit me at my size. I can’t wait to be able to fit into them.” A great sneaker col­lec­tion takes time, kid.

Suit, shirt and tie, both by Dolce & Gab­bana; sneak­ers by Con­verse; socks by H&M.

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