Stranger Things star, Finn Wolfhard is Observer Magazine's cover star for this week. Wearing a suit by Lanvin, shirt by Gucci and shoes by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Photographed by Danielle Levitt with fashion by Rebecca Grice.
Speaking with the Observer, Wolfhard, 17, reveals that filming for Stranger Things season four had been ahead of schedule before the pandemic forced production to shut down. (The Hollywood Reporter has since revealed Netflix's plan for the fourth season to resume filming on September 17, 2020 in Atlanta).
When asked if he expected Stranger Things to be a success or how he's been handling the pressure of being a child star, Wolfhard answered he had not been prepared for its resonance and had not fully prepared for fame and that he hasn't picked up destructive habits like drinking, smoking and drugs. "If I were in the same boat in, let's say 1990, it would be different. But because there are so many rules to keep children safe now, you know? Don't get me wrong, it happens. It depends on the person. But the environment I've grown up in has been very positive."
Wolfhard describes himself as a "crazy workaholic" and has a therapist who has been helping him remotely during the lockdown.
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In the full interview, which is now available on the Guardian Press Reader and the Guardian Website, Wolfhard also goes into detail the different projects he's involved in as well as his terrible eating habits and work ethic.
Wolfhard doesn't think he'll ever get used to the attention, but he does accept, wisely – more wisely than many much older actors – that it is a part of his work. "Sure, sometimes it can be off-putting, but I love my job too much to be like, 'I'm through getting recognized, I don't want photos!'" During lockdown, fans have approached him while forgetting the two-metre rule, which hasn't been fantastic, he says, but which he understands. "It's like, if the world was ending and you saw Brad Pitt – and I'm not saying I’m Brad Pitt – but you would see him and you'd forget that the world was ending. It's human. Even me, I'm guilty of it. I see celebrities and get awestruck" – he widens his eyes and pantomimes wonder – "and forget about everything else."