Natalia Dyer Reflects on Nancy’s Stranger Things 2 Journey

The actress talks Justice For Barb, Steve’s redemption, and David Harbour’s unforgettable SAG speech.

Warning: This interview contains spoilers about Stranger Things 2.

There’s a lot to love about Nancy Wheeler in the second season of Stranger Things. Having been irrevocably changed by the insane events of last year, season two picks up with Nancy channelling all of the internet’s collective grief over Barb, and follows her relentless mission to find answers. Sure, the Nancy/Steve/Jonathan love triangle is still a major force, and heats up in earnest midway through the season (how was the pull-out?) But between drunk “it’s all bullshit” Nancy, gun-toting badass Nancy, and saving-Dustin-at-the-Snow-Ball Nancy, Natalia Dyer had a pretty great season independent of her love interests.

ELLE.com caught up with Dyer last month to talk Justice For Barb, Steve’s redemption, and David Harbour’s unforgettable SAG speech.

Justice For Barb became a meme last season, but this season it’s also Nancy’s main motivation.
“I think that was driving her in season one too, but now we really see how heavily the situation has sat on her shoulders. At the beginning of this season, we really see how how everybody has been coping with what happened at the end of season one—or not coping with it. Nancy feels such a drive to make things right, as much as she can, and in any way she knows how.”

Dyer is thrilled by Steve’s transformation from the show’s most hated character to fan favorite.
“It’s so well deserved! You really warm up to Steve this season, and one of the things the show does really well is give everybody different shades and complexities—nobody is just one way or the other. So it’s nice to see the sweeter, more nurturing side of Steve. As far as the love triangle goes, I think it goes back to the trauma of what happened in season one; it forces everyone to change, and for Nancy and Steve it makes them realize they need to be apart and work some things out on their own. It’s hard to say where that’s going to go in the future, but things are definitely a little rocky in the love triangle.”

Nancy is more ruthless in her pursuit of justice this season.
“I think single-minded is a good word. She’s much more focused. I think last season she discovered a little bit of what she’s capable of when she really goes for something, and I think this season she goes even more in that direction. She’s very driven by the search for justice, and it’s fun to play that. There’s a decisiveness and a focus to her, but also something a little reckless and dangerous about it that’s a lot of fun.”

It didn’t take long for Dyer to realize that the show was becoming a phenomenon after season one.
“I was very nervous as to how it would be received, but literally the first night that it came out, I got recognized on the street—I was living in New York at the time, so you’re on the street a lot. To see that amping up, people recognizing you everywhere, and just seeing face to face how people felt about the show and how much it meant to them, it was wild!

When people approach me, it’s a vulnerable moment for everybody. You can see that sometimes people don’t quite know what to say to you, but they want to come up to you and you can tell they’re nervous, and it’s really humbling and endearing. Generally the message is just appreciation, people saying how much they love the show. It’s wild and hard to wrap your mind around, but it’s always been positive feedback, so it’s the most you could hope for!”

Dyer’s favorite scenes to shoot are also maybe your favorites in the show—when the entire cast is together on set, as in the final episodes of season two.
“The scenes that really stand out in my mind are those days towards the end of the series when we’re all together, and all the characters are interacting. Those days are just buzzing, they’re so much fun. Everybody in the cast is so close and we all really care about each other and respect each other, and so when the camera stops rolling we’re definitely goofing off and sometimes there’s laughter ruining a take. But usually when it gets down to it we’re all focused on the work, and it’s just such a gift to be in this world with these talented people.”

The Duffers are heavily involved in every aspect of the show, but they’re also collaborative with their actors.
“They’re very open to talking about things with us—this year Matt texted me over the summer being like, ‘What do you think Nancy would wear as a Halloween costume?’ They do take that stuff into consideration, because they respect actors’ work as the people who live these characters, but they also know these characters so well that there’s always a lot to explore.”

David Harbour’s stirring SAG speech was just as powerful for everybody on stage.
“David actually ran the speech by Joe [Keery], Charlie [Heaton], and I the night before the ceremony, and we didn’t know what our chances were but were like, ‘Man, if you got the chance to deliver that, it would be so amazing.’ So when we did get the chance to go up there we were just so galvanized, and so excited, and I think you can tell with David’s delivery how exciting it was for all of us to be up there, and be up there together. For David to be the one to deliver this message resonated with all of us—it was a really magical night.”

Source: Elle

Devon Bostick & ‘Stranger Things’ Natalia Dyer To Star In ‘Tuscaloosa’

Devon Bostick, who co-starred on CW’s The 100, and Natalia Dyer will star in the indie drama Tuscaloosa, along with Tate Donovan (The Only Living Boy in New York, 3 Generations) and Marchant Davis. Philip Harder directed the film from his own screenplay, based on the novel of the same name by W. Glasgow Phillips.

The story is set during the summer of 1972 and follows Billy Mitchell (Bostick), who works as a groundskeeper at the asylum run by his father, Doctor Mitchell. But when he falls in love with Virginia (Dyer), one of his father’s patients, Billy sets in motion a romance that could end in tragedy for both of them.

Producers are Brian Etting, Scott Franklin, and Patrick Riley.

Bostick, repped by Innovative, can currently be seen in Bong Joon-Ho’s Netflix film Okja with Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, and Tilda Swinton. Dyer, who stars on the just-released second season of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, is repped by WME and One Entertainment. Donovan is a client of Gersh and Authentic Talent and Literary Management, while Davis is with Innovative and 3 Arts.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

‘Stranger Things’ Star Natalia Dyer to Star in Indie ‘Mountain Rest’

Frances Conroy, Shawn Hatosy and Kate Lyn Sheil are also starring in the drama from newcomer Alex O Eaton.
Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer will star in Mountain Rest, an indie drama that marks the directorial debut of writer-director Alex O Eaton.

Frances Conroy, Shawn Hatosy and Kate Lyn Sheil are also starring in the film, which is set to go into production Sept. 10.

The script centers on an aging actress who, after sequestering herself in a small mountain town, calls her estranged daughter and granddaughter home for reconciliation and one final celebration.

Fernando Loureiro and Roberto Vasconcellos of Exhibit and Renata Nascimento are producing the pic. Executive producing are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and Márcia Mayer. Jonathan Gardner, Mark McDonald and Will Coble will co-executive produce. Ashley Connor is the cinematographer.

CAA will represent North American sales.

Frances Conroy, Shawn Hatosy and Kate Lyn Sheil are also starring in the drama from newcomer Alex O Eaton.
Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer will star in Mountain Rest, an indie drama that marks the directorial debut of writer-director Alex O Eaton.

Frances Conroy, Shawn Hatosy and Kate Lyn Sheil are also starring in the film, which is set to go into production Sept. 10.

The script centers on an aging actress who, after sequestering herself in a small mountain town, calls her estranged daughter and granddaughter home for reconciliation and one final celebration.

Fernando Loureiro and Roberto Vasconcellos of Exhibit and Renata Nascimento are producing the pic. Executive producing are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and Márcia Mayer. Jonathan Gardner, Mark McDonald and Will Coble will co-executive produce. Ashley Connor is the cinematographer.

CAA will represent North American sales.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Everything You Need To Know About The ‘Stranger Things’ Star

Who Is Natalia Dyer? Everything You Need To Know About The ‘Stranger Things’ Star

Have yet to binge on Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things? Well, then scrap any weekend plans you may have and enjoy that I-must-watch-another-episode feeling as you lay awake at 2am, gripped by this ‘80s-set sci-fi thriller. For mega-fans (including team Grazia), the sleeper hit reminds us all of Winona Ryder’s immense talent taking on any role (from goth icon in Beetlejuice to a suburban mum whose youngest son goes missing). But there’s another female character from the show everyone’s got their eye on – Natalia Dyer aka Nancy Wheeler. Yes, there’s a love triangle element, but Nancy is no damsel in distress in the show, her arc a thrill to watch each episode.

You may not know the Nashville-born star yet, but you definitely will soon as Netflix has finally confirmed ST will be returning in 2017 (phew!). Until then, here’s everything you need to know about the hottest new talent to watch…

How old is Natalia Dyer?
Instead of the usual 20-something actress playing a high-school student, the US star is actually close in age to her character, at 19-years-old.

Her big break was in a major Disney movie
If you’re a die-hard Miley Cyrus fan, you may remember Natalia appearing in Hannah Montana: The Movie in 2009, her first ever acting role at the tender age of twelve. But ever keen to break out of the Disney Channel teen mould, she showed off her darker side in indie drama Believe in Unicorns which debuted at SXSW festival in 2014, playing a teen runaway.

Are Natalia Dyer and Emmy Rossum related?
Um, no. But the rising star could totes pass as the 29-year-old actress’ younger sister. The chestnut hair, the big eyes…even their smiles are identical.

She did her 1980s research before filming
The show is pretty much a love letter to eighties cult classics from The Clash (Warning: ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ will stay in your head for days after) to Steven Spielberg references peppered throughout. But as she was born in 1997 – playing a character in 1983 – she turned to her mum’s old year books, bought Charlie perfume and binged on slasher horrors from that era for inspiration. Although rather than all-out Madonna vibes (or her on-scren BFF Barb’s geek-chic) Nancy’s fashion in ST is more understated in a series of preppy outfits.

Is she single?
Natalia remains tight-lipped on her personal life, including if she’s in a relationship or not. Although in a recent interview with Cosmopolitan US she revealed a clue to any rumours of romance right now. ‘Nancy’s got a lot more on her plate by the end of the show than just worrying about who to date.’

Does she have Instagram?
Sadly, not. While you’d be hard pressed to find a Hollywood star not on Instagram, Natalia eschews all social media. Even having a browse on her co-star, Charlie Heaton’s Instagram @charlie.r.heaton (who plays Winona Ryder’s introverted older son) there’s not a selfie in sight on-set. Although, as her status appears on the rise that may soon change. Watch this space…

Source: Grazia

‘Stranger Things’ Renewed At Netflix


There’s nothing weird about this.

Netflix announced today that it’s renewed the supernatural drama Stranger Things for a second season. The next chapter will feature nine episodes and will debut sometime in 2017.

The streaming service announced the news in a non-traditional fashion, with a video that offers what seems to be new episode titles like “The Boy Who Came Back To Life,” “The Pumpkin Patch” and “The Lost Brother.” What this means, we’ll just have to wait and find out.

Stranger Things, which features Winona Ryder, David Harbour, and Matthew Modine, has become a breakout hit for Netflix. Because Netflix doesn’t release viewership numbers, we don’t quite know how big, but clearly they were significant enough to merit a return.

Source: HitFix