“It was really nice,” Sink said, “because in the beginning, we kind of all had scenes together. But [eventually], all the characters’ story lines go their separate ways.” Though they still shared school and breaks from filming, the off-set activities especially helped the group stay close.
Sadie Sink photographed by Katie McCurdy for W Magazine
Originally, I auditioned for Jonathan. They were having everybody across the country audition for that. And when I got the script, Steve was definitely a little harsher. He was having this party — I think it was on a beach, because it originally took place in Montauk, Long Island. And he was a total, total dick. He forced himself on Nancy. Way harsher. But I think the Duffer Brothers were up for incorporating ideas we would have into the characters, and I had an instant idea what Steve would be like. I based it on people in my life, and characters that you see in those movies. In my mind, I think he has qualities that make him sort of a jerk. And aloof. And maybe not the most intelligent guy. But at the end of the day, I think he really does mean well.