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

The New Potato: On Stranger Things, Sushi and Good Advice


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On Netflix’s Stranger Things, Sushi and Good Advice

Netflix’s Stranger Things has undoubtedly been one of the most talked about shows of the summer. In fact, when we interviewed singer-songwriter Joy Williams last month she told us that the sci-fi drama was The New Potato. If you can tear yourself away from binge-watching the intriguing thriller for a moment, we advise you to turn your attention to this interview with Natalia Dyer, who plays Nancy Wheeler on the series.

We caught up with Dyer in New York to discuss the success of Stranger Things, her beauty routine, and her favorite foods (because, of course). We also photographed her at one of our favorite – and, in keeping with the theme, slightly spooky – spots in NYC, Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel (where Sleep No More takes place). Scroll through below to find out Dyer’s ideal food day and most-loved restaurants, and if this interview leaves you with a craving for sushi like it did for us, just click here Potatoheads!

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
I’d probably start the day off with avocado toast from Bluestone Lane with vegemite and prosciutto and their cold brew coffee. Lunch would likely be sushi. I love a good spicy tuna roll and lots of sashimi. Dinner would also likely be sushi. Ideally, I’d finish it all off with a cookie from Levain bakery.

How do you always start your day? What’s your go-to breakfast?
My days usually start and end with a big glass of water. In the mornings, I’ll usually try to get up and moving, even if it’s just a walk to a coffee shop. When I have time for a good breakfast my go-to is the toast from Bluestone.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I generally eat healthy and feel great after a good sweat. But I think the most beautiful thing is being happy – it really shows when someone is genuinely happy – so I do try to practice everything in moderation and listen to what my body wants.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? The worst?
The best: Question everything. That one comes from my dad. I think especially in today’s information overload it’s important to source your facts and to form your own opinions. He also told me to drink coffee black. The worst: “You should get bangs.”

What’s the most exciting thing about working on Stranger Things? Have you been surprised at the great response it’s gotten?
The most exciting thing about working on Stranger Things is getting to work on Stranger Things. The cast is great, the story is great, the crew and production team are great. You would think with that formula I’d have been better prepared for such a massively positive response, but I was still very much surprised.

What were you most excited about when you found out you got the role?
One thing I was excited for was doing a period piece. It’s fun to do research and prepare yourself to live in a different piece of history than your own.

Anything you can tell us about Season 2?
You can expect some new characters to join the party.

People are always talking about millenials and what they’re looking for. What’s something – in your opinion – misunderstood about millennials?
I guess I think generalizations are a misunderstanding from the get go.

What’s your go-to lunch on set?
The food on set of Stranger Things was always fresh and varied, so usually it’s just the lunch du jour. On set I usually keep meals on the lighter side and snack constantly. You definitely need to keep your energy up when you’re on set all day, but believe me, it’s no fun monster-hunting after a huge meal.

What’s your idea of the perfect smoothie? The perfect salad?
For a smoothie, lots of berries, lots of greens, almond milk and a little cardamom. For a salad, right now it’s definitely poke.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
I love New York because it has a million food options. For a dinner with friends I love Rubirosa or Nom Wah Tea Parlor. And Otafuku is great! My hometown of Nashville has great food as well. When I’m there, you’ll find me at Sunflower Cafe or Fido. Argosy and Victory Sandwich Bar in Atlanta have also become favorites of mine.

Do you like to cook? What’s a go-to for you? If not, what’s your go to takeout?
I enjoy cooking but I almost never do it in New York. Takeout is always sushi. When I’m visiting home in Nashville, it’s all about roasted vegetables like kabocha squash and baking cornbread.

What are the hair and makeup items you cannot live without?
My hair is really fine so Oribe Dry Texture Spray is a necessity. When I’m not working I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, but right now I am really digging Urban Decay’s lipstick in Carnal. It’s a lovely, versatile shade. I’ll put it on my cheeks or eyelids too.

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato right now?
The new potato is not taking yourself too seriously. And synth music.

Source: The New Potato

August 31 | BUILD Series Presents “Stranger Things”



Natalia Dyer of ‘Stranger Things’ attend the BUILD Series at AOL HQ on August 31, 2016 in New York City. I’ve added more of 50 pictures of her to the gallery. Enjoy!


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Natalia Dyer on Nancy’s Love Triangle and Playing a Badass ’80s Teen

“Nancy feels so bad she goes to another dimension. It’s a tragic thing to have happen.​”

Netflix’s new original series Stranger Things is the hands-down hit of the summer, thanks to its creepy storytelling, perfectly executed 1980s nostalgia and absolutely stacked cast. Refreshingly, that cast has included a range of fleshed-out female characters, including Nancy Wheeler, a perfectionist high school student, beleaguered older sister, quasi-girlfriend, and ultimately, dimension hopper. Cosmopolitan.com talked with Natalia Dyer, who plays Nancy, about the Nancy-Steve-Jonathan love triangle, getting acquainted with the ’80s, and what makes Nancy’s BFF Barb so lovable. (Spoilers throughout, but if you haven’t watched yet, what are you waiting for?)

This show pays homage to a lot of ’80s movies — Carrie, Firestarter, ET. Since you’re a little younger, were those movies you were familiar with before doing the show?
Here and there. My mom loves the ’80s. I grew up hearing a lot about the ’80s. But it was definitely an education for all of us younger people involved, to go back and watch these movies and hear everybody reminisce about props that were on set and to dress in the clothes. It was the closest I’m ever going to get to living in that era, which seemed like a really fun, more innocent way to live. Very different from our current information overload.

So you went back to watch older movies to prepare — were there any you particularly enjoyed?
I had never seen Pretty in Pink or Sixteen Candles, some of those girly movies of the ’80s, and it was fun to go back and watch and pick up on the vibe of those. But I’m really not one for the horror genre in my own life! I still went back and watched things like Nightmare on Elm Street, which also ended up being fun. I enjoyed it.

But you’re not a scary movie person.
I’m not. Good luck dragging me into a horror movie! I get so scared. It’s an overactive imagination or something.

There’s a big difference between movies from the ’80s and our horror movies today. Carrie is one thing, but Saw and The Purge are next level.
Especially because there’s so much CGI! That’s one of the things that was nice about a lot of the special effects of our show — they were real effects, so there was a lot right there for us to play around with.

So the monster was a real guy, and not a CGI tennis ball on a stick or something?
We had a real actor, a movement specialist actor in this crazy monster getup. I think there are some enhancements and effects, but we were getting to actually act with this creature. He was definitely there and definitely scary! [Although] monster is a great, fun guy in real life.

What about the Upside Down, was that scary even though you knew it wasn’t real?
It was crazy. It was wonderful. We’d get to set, and our art department would have done such a number. And we’d stand there, like, how are you doing this? Props to our art department, because it looked really, really scary in real life, as well as on-screen.

Why do you think Nancy chooses Steve?
That is the question, isn’t it? I will say that the Duffers [brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, who wrote and directed the series] and the three of us all discussed it, and I think if you look at the storyline as practically as you can, all of these events take place over a very short period of time. Nancy’s only just met Jonathan, and Steve really has a bit of a turnaround. Also, Jonathan is dealing with all of this stuff on his end, with Will coming back and with his mom, and Nancy has the loss of Barb. As far as it goes, by the end of the season, it doesn’t seem like the timing is right for Nancy to be making any moves toward Jonathan. It seems right for where they all are at the time.

Right. It’s not like Nancy’s choosing someone to marry.
Yeah! My thing is Nancy’s got a lot more on her plate by the end of the show than just worrying about who to date.

Exactly — part of what made Nancy so interesting as a character was that she had relationships that weren’t romantic, especially her friendship with Barb. When did you find out that Barb was going to really die?
The Duffers were writing the last couple of episodes after we had started filming. It was all kind of a big mystery that got slowly revealed to us. It was like reading a book and not knowing how it ended until we actually got the scripts. But it’s sad! I know everyone is hoping that Barb’s not dead dead. But I think the idea was that the Duffers really needed the world to seem dangerous, someplace where things and people could be lost. Barb was the unlucky one. We had this thing on set where we’d just go, “Poor Barb!” She’s done nothing wrong, and she still gets the short stick. And I think it’s an understatement to say that Nancy feels really bad. Nancy feels so bad she goes to another dimension. It’s a tragic thing to have happen.

People have really gotten excited about Barb. Why do you think she’s gotten such a big response?
There’s something about her that’s very relatable. She’s real, she’s fine doing her own thing; she’s not the popular girl, and she’s not the action hero. She’s just a good friend who doesn’t dress in the hippest clothes! And, of course, Shannon Purser [who plays her] does a great job.

When you were growing up, were you more of a Nancy or a Barb?
I’d say it’s about 50-50. I did have a kind of perfectionist determination like Nancy has and always wanted to get good grades. But I think we’re all kind of like Barb in a way. We all spend some time on the sidelines, and try to stick to our morals and stay grounded. We’re not always glamorous! Not always slinging guns and monster slaying.

How did this role compare to others you’ve been offered?
I do see a lot of roles that are, like, the girlfriend or the love interest or the girl next door. Maybe not totally well-rounded kinds of characters — women who are more of a plot device in a way. It was really nice to see a character like Nancy. She does have that love triangle and boy drama aspect to her, but she’s independent and strong, and her main focus is about finding her best friend and solving that mystery at any cost. It’s such a blessing to get to live in that role and bring that to life. And to be surrounded by other female characters while you’re doing it! Having strong women who aren’t damsels is so nice.

Correction: a previous version of this post misidentified The Duffer Brothers as “Matt and Jeff” instead of “Matt and Ross.” We regret the error.

Source: Cosmopolitan

7 Things to Know About Natalia Dyer, aka Nancy Wheeler

7 Things to Know About Stranger Things Star Natalia Dyer, aka Nancy Wheeler


[Warning: Spoilers ahead!]

If you haven’t already binge-watched Netflix’s Stranger Things series in its entirety, we suggest setting aside eight hours to do so ASAP. Thanks to its pop culture references, supernatural storylines, and lovable cast of small-town characters, the mystery-filled sci-fi show starring Winona Ryder as the frantic mother of a missing 12-year-old boy in 1983 Indiana has quickly established itself as a cult classic—and we’re already anxiously awaiting its just-announced second season.

In the series, Natalia Dyer plays Nancy Wheeler, a popular high school girl whose attention shifts from dating cute boys to defeating otherworldly beings when her best friend Barb suddenly vanishes, too. Partially to blame for leaving her bestie alone while she’s busy hooking up with her new crush, Nancy suffers from major guilt as she sets out to find her friend. Soon, she finds her whole life turned upside-down when she discovers the Upside Down, an alternate universe that houses one very grotesque monster that’s sure to inspire a nightmare or two.

While we did get a few pivotal answers at the end of season one, we still have plenty of questions. So when Dyer stopped by InStyle’s New York City headquarters last week, we couldn’t wait to ask her all things, well, Stranger Things. Press play on the video above to find out seven facts we learned about Dyer, including whether or not she believes in monsters, her thoughts on the fate of Nancy’s BFF Barb (Shannon Purser), and what she thinks about the craziest fan theories she’s heard so far.

[MUSIC] I ended up watching several 80s movies before we started filming, like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, A Nightmare on Elm Street. It was great to just kind of live in that world. The whole vibe of the era, of the genre was amazing. Being thrown into that whole era of innocence, naivety, and wonder was really cool. [MUSIC] I really love that Nancy’s style is kind of understated. It’s not the crazy 80’s fashion, feels a little more. Real, a little easier to deal with I think. It has a really sweet, feminine edge to it which I like. [MUSIC] I know that Nancy makes a bad decision that leads to very serious consequences but She really cares very much about Barb and feels awful about what happened. And Nancy’s spends the entirety of the show trying to find her best friend. And I think there’s something really nice about that and something that makes it even more tragic in the end when Nancy’s Lost her friend. I have to keep hope. I have to keep for Barb. Justice for Barb. [BLANK_AUDIO] I have no idea. I’ve heard things about her relationship to Hopper being some what suspicious, and then there’s this whole Eggo thing. I don’t know. I am excited to find out. [MUSIC] The soundtrack surprised me, because it was amazing, and I’ve been jamming to it. I never want the Clash’s song out of my head. [MUSIC] I’m a huge fan of Orange Is The New Black but I’ve been really, really pacing myself with the last season. I’m not quite done yet but I’ve been savoring that one. It’s a great show. [MUSIC] Of course, I absolutely, I have to believe in monsters. [MUSIC]

Source: InStyle

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‘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