Stranger Things Actress Is Proud Of 'Beautiful' Coming Out Story
Warning: Spoilers for Stranger Things Season 3 are in play. If you aren’t caught up, please exit the mall and return once you’ve experienced this most recent season.
Stranger Things’ third season had some pretty explosive moments, both literally and figuratively. We found out more about antagonist lifeguard turned alien emissary Billy’s tragic life story, we saw relationships bloom and bust, several characters took some rather chilling ice baths, and an entire mall was destroyed for the amusement of Netflix subscribers that tuned in for the latest adventures in Hawkins, Indiana.
Among all of that excitement was another landmark event: the first major LGBT character in the Stranger Things universe made her debut in Robin, Steve and Dustin’s co-conspirator in cracking the secret Russian operations going on under Starcourt Mall. It’s an achievement that actor Maya Hawke is quite proud of, as she explained in a recent interview.
The big reveal came in the sixth episode, “E Pluribus Unum," as Maya Hawke’s Robin and Steve Harrington, played by series fixture Joe Keery, shared a personal moment which eventually led to two big drops.
As Steve confessed his crush on Robin, she then told Steve of her own personal truth: She was in love with a girl who had a crush on him. Rather than lead to a cut and dry end to their association, Stranger Things uses this reality, and the insane chemistry between Maya Hawke and Joe Keery, to keep the characters together after their job at the Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor comes to an obvious, fiery end.
During her conversation with THR, Maya Hawke explained Robin’s journey in the following terms, framed in the context of how she develops throughout Season 3:
The future of Stranger Things looks to be headed into a specific direction that already looks like it’s already starting to take form. While some questions are still in need of answers, there’s a solid bedrock for the future of Will, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Eleven to be built upon.
Wherever those adventures take the gang, particularly in the supposedly limited time left in the series’ endgame, it would be nice to see a vital part of that foundation is the continuing adventures of friends Steve and Robin, as they settle into their new roles at the local arcade. In a series about friendship and the bonding of small town youths against the increasingly weirder world, they just might be one of the most important pairs to follow up with throughout the rest of Stranger Things’ run.
Stranger Things Season 3 is currently available on Netflix for your viewing enjoyment, should you want to take another lap around the Starcourt Mall. But if you’re looking to see what else is coming down the line with our 2019 TV and Streaming schedule.
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