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.