Watch The Stranger Things Kids React To Their Original Audition Tapes

Stranger Things finally returned to Netflix on October 27 with Season 2. The monster was bigger, the stakes were higher, and the kids weren't quite the same little scamps that they were in Season 1. The consensus among fans seems to (mostly) be that Season 2 was a fabulous follow-up to the stellar Season 1, and the biggest bummer has to be that there were only nine episodes. Fortunately, a Netflix aftershow provides some fun new material about what went into making the show with some familiar faces as guests. Millie Bobby Brown and Finn Wolfhard, who play Eleven and Mike respectively, were on hand to watch original audition tapes of all five original Stranger Things kids, and their reactions were adorable. Take a look!

For a show filled with some super scary moments, it sure does feature an awful lot of adorable youngsters. The audition tapes in the clip show Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo reading lines for Season 1 of Stranger Things, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't get a kick out of how high-pitched all their voices were. The kids have grown up a lot over the years, and they look especially young after the Season 2 finale ended with all of them dressed up in their 80s finest for the Snow Ball. Brown and Wolfhard's reactions only make the whole clip more adorable.

Who would have guessed that Finn Wolfhard was sick when he filmed his audition for Stranger Things? He obviously impressed the Duffer brothers despite auditioning from what looks like a sickbed, and it's pretty funny that he landed such a huge role with a tape that started with "I'm Finn Wolfhard, I'm sick." As for Millie Bobby Brown, it was quite cute to see her go from cheerfully introducing herself on the video to suddenly breaking down in tears for the audition. She and Wolfhard both seemed entertained by how depressed she looks in the tape, and Wolfhard's comment that she looks like Susan Sarandon definitely came out of the blue.

Interestingly, it seems that all the boys were either given lines written for Mike or a totally fake scene, likely to prevent plot spoilers from leaking. Even though they were all reading the same lines, they all turned in different auditions. As for Millie Bobby Brown, it was somewhat strange to see her with such long hair. Even if Eleven never gets another haircut in the next two or three seasons, she'll probably never have hair quite that long.

You can catch Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, and the rest of the Stranger Things kids in action in Seasons 1 and 2 streaming on Netflix. If you're all caught up on the series, the Stranger Things aftershow is definitely worth a watch. Take a look at the big questions we still have after Season 2, and don't forget to check out 9 key Stranger Things details you may have missed in Season 2.

Laura Hurley
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