Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp has come out as gay.
He shared the news over on TikTok in a clip featuring text that says: “When I finally told my friends and family I was gay after being scared in the closet for 18 years and all they said was ‘we know.’”
The clip has already racked up an impressive thirty-four million views, and many big names including James Charles and Netflix’s own TikTok account have flocked to the short video’s comment section.
Fans of the hit Netflix show also spotted the caption: “I guess I’m more similar to will than I thought.”
Schnapp originally rose to fame back in 2016 when he first landed the role of Will Byers in the 80s-inspired series. He was just eleven years old then, but now aged eighteen, it appears fame hasn’t gone to his head. This is despite his impressive social media following, with twenty-seven million Instagram followers and thirty-one million over on TikTok.
It has been reported that the star was paid $20,000 per episode for the first season of Stranger Things, but that increased dramatically to an impressive $250,000 per episode
In an interview with Flaunt this summer, Schnapp revealed how he coped as “one of the most famous teenagers in the world” by getting himself a summer job as a lifeguard.
“It’s kind of a ‘just for fun thing,’” he explained. “I’ve kind of grown up with a normal life and normal friends and stuff outside of Stranger Things, so it’s kind of kept me grounded,” he added.
He also revealed that he was headed for business school at The University of Pennsylvania last autumn. But, in order to get the full college experience, he planned to go the whole hog and go for a shared dorm, communal showers and all!