'Stranger Things' Creators Slammed For Pressuring Actor To An Unscripted Kiss

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Warning: Don't read unless you've finished watching season two of Stranger Things!

Since it dropped on Netflix a little over a week ago, season two of Stranger Things has dominated our conversations, searches and social media posts. Now that many people have finished the series, fans and the cast have been looking back at the most shocking twists, as well as the new additions to the town of Hawkins.

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Speaking about the final episode on the follow-up show Beyond Stranger Things, the cast and the creators got into an awkward discussion about the Snow Ball where Max and Lucas shared a quick kiss, as well as our OTPs Mike and Eleven. 

In the clip we see Ross Duffer become a little defensive to the fact that Sadie Sink who plays Max points out that the kiss was unscripted, and she felt a little uncomfortable when it came to shooting the scene. Clarifying that because everyone was on set and that the kiss wasn't in the script she felt stressed out, Sink says:

"I get there, the first day of filming the Snow Ball and walking in I see the decorations and stuff. One of you, I think it was you Ross, you say, 'Ooh, Sadie, you ready for the kiss?' I’m like, 'What! No! That’s not in the script… that’s not happening.' 

So the whole day I was like stressed out, I was like oh my god, wait, am I gonna have to… is it gonna happen, is it not... and it didn’t happen that day, but then the second day of filming the Snow Ball."

Duffer replied after Sink described the moment:

"You reacted so strongly to this. I was just joking, And you were so freaked out that I was like well, I gotta make her do it now..."

Understandably some fans were a little perturbed by the fact that the Duffer bro seemed almost keener to get the scene shot after he knew how nervous the young actress was. Some took to social media to point out that while it was a fairly innocent kiss, this is how directors can end up pressuring young, vulnerable actors into performing more explicit scenes. 

Sink and Caleb McLaughlin, who plays Lucas, are the slightly older child actors aged 15 and 16 respectively. Still many questioned whether it was necessary if the young actors didn't feel comfortable shooting something romantic in front of the whole cast, crew and their parents who are on set. 

Despite the scene being awkward, and Ross Duffer's response being less than ideal, the Snow Ball scene ended up being a fan favorite moment of the series. Thanks to some killer hair tips for Dustin from Steve Harington, and of course the epic 80s soundtrack to match. 

Watch the clip from Beyond Stranger Things below to see the awkward exchange.