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.