The world is full of stories about wild child actors and pint-sized superstars wreaking havoc. But the Stranger Things kids have thus far managed to avoid this fate; in fact, they prove time and again that they are in many ways just ordinary kids with extraordinary talents. The fact that they are each weathering the ups and downs of fame with skill and care is a tribute to both the kids' levelheadedness and the grounding influences they must have in their lives. What makes the Stranger Things cast cool is that they have no problem keeping it real. They speak frankly about fame; they are genuinely friends with each other; and they often go out of their way to show kindness and gratitude toward fans. These are not insignificant achievements when you consider that most members of the young cast are barely in their teens.
What makes the kids from Stranger Things nice, cool, and surprisingly down-to-Earth?
It's not every day you encounter a woke 14-year-old. But Millie Bobby Brown proved she's more than an actress and a fashion plate when she attended the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards wearing an outfit that honored the Parkland shooting victims. She sported a simple denim ensemble, and the back of the shirt was printed with the names of the kids who died in the tragic school shooting. "March for Our Lives is an opportunity for us all to stand in solidarity against gun violence," Brown wrote on Instagram. "No child, teen, parent or teacher should be afraid to walk into their school or classroom. This is our chance to be HEARD! This is our chance to MAKE A DIFFERENCE."
What!!!! Oh Well You can let them all know that everyone on behalf on Stranger things would’ve come! I think your awesome and next year I would like an invite... Please? ������ https://t.co/gNir0sMpsm— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) March 20, 2018
It's something every kid — and adult, for that matter — dreads: to throw a party, and no one comes. That's just what happened to Aaron Alambat, who hosted a Stranger Things-themed birthday party, and not one of his invited guests showed up. His sister discussed the incident on Twitter, and the Stranger Things kids listened. Both Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo posted warm responses to Alambat, which reportedly boosted the kid's spirits. "He's chillin' now," Alambat's sister posted later. "He says if his classmates are gonna invite him [to a party], he won’t go. That’s his payback."
Like most kids today, the young cast members of Stranger Things keep in touch via group text. But it's what they've named these funny exchanges that really takes the cake. They've affectionately named their communications "Stranger Texts." Finn Wolfhard discussed the Stranger Texts with the Los Angeles Times during publicity for his movie It, and he revealed that he also regularly group texts with his castmates from that project too. Asked which group he's closer with, Wolfhard replied, "I'm close with them in different ways. If it comes down to brass tacks, I guess they're equal."
It's sometimes easy to assume that because the Stranger Things kids have adult-sized talents, then they must just be adults trapped in little bodies. But it's important to remember that these are still kids, a fact that they remind us of every once in a while. During the filming of the show's first season, for example, Millie Bobby Brown showed up to set one day completely covered in glitter. Production had to be stopped so she could get cleaned up. As Stranger Things' creators The Duffer Brothers put it, "To this day, the origin of this glitter remains a mystery, but it seems like something that could only happen to an 11-year-old girl."