Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer in a recent interview about her upcoming film Yes, God, Yes, a movie about a devout female, her relationship with God and sexuality spoke about the issue.
Dyer, who has become popular for her role in “Stranger Things” said she had no idea how successful the show would be.
As the show gained popularity so did the young cast which starred in the show. They became an overnight success, getting multiple movie and show projects in the upcoming future.
Among the youngest in the cast are Millie Bobby Brown 16, Noah Schnapp 15, Gaten Matarazzo, and Finn Wolfhard, both 17.
Actors Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown have both been vocal about the unwanted sexualization they have received from the media industry. Natalia Dyer who is older than her peers has seen first-hand how her co-stars are put in such a position.
She also mentioned that she feels protective of her co-stars even though they are not kids anymore. She understands their journeys have started at a young age, and as a private person herself she wants people to stop showing unwanted attention to them unless it’s about work.
The actress called this overt sexualization of young actors “a cultural issue”, pointing out that “there must be a bigger reason as to why this happens”
Dyer said that she also struggles with the pressures of stardom she’s experienced since the show’s launch.
“It’s lovely to meet fans, but it’s very like, ‘Oh my gosh, I just want to go to the grocery store and get some milk. I don’t want to take a photo everywhere I go,‘” shared the actress. “At first, it was jarring. There are fans everywhere. It’s a difficult thing to navigate. It’s been like five years since we started ‘Stranger Things,’ and I’ve become more confident in how I handle situations. At first, I had quite a few bouts of anxiety just as the show was coming out because there’s this mentality of letting people down and not giving enough.”
She concludes by saying that she is only interested in working, and that is the only thing she owes to her fans.