Age 15

Esquire (Singapore) - - Style -

The Growth Prospect

When Caleb McLaugh­lin and two of his Stranger Things co-stars, Mil­lie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo, helped them­selves to the Em­mys stage last year to per­form their own ren­di­tion of “Up­town Funk,” they brought much-needed lev­ity to an awards sea­son packed with drama. On the series, McLaugh­lin plays Lu­cas, the seem­ingly lone sober-think­ing friend among a co­hort of kids. But at the Em­mys, he was ev­ery bit a 14 year-old show­man. (Thank his years on Broad­way as a young Simba in The Lion King for his stage pres­ence.)

In a sil­very jac­quard jacket, pipe-cleaner pants and sparkling dress slippers, he moved with the swag­ger of some­one who un­der­stands the power of the tuxedo, pulling at his lapels and throw­ing back his shoul­ders. And while his friend Noah Schnapp can’t wait to grow into new clothes, McLaugh­lin laments the fact that he’s grow­ing out of his old ones. “I re­ally liked the tux I wore to the Em­mys. The next day, I couldn’t even fit into it. Now my arms would pop right through it.” Lucky for the ac­tor, his next growth spurt is the per­fect ex­cuse to try out some new looks.

Suit and shirt, both by Thom Browne.

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