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However, in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Hawke says the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things‘ showrunners, initially had characters’ arcs to culminate in a romantic relationship. According to Hawke, though, she and Keery had other plans for the progression.
“Throughout filming, we started to feel like she and Steve shouldn’t get together, and that she’s gay,” Hawke explained. “Even when I go back and watch earlier episodes, it just seems like the most obvious decision ever.”
Hawke said the Duffer brothers were open to the change and worked with the actors to rework this portion of the script.
“The Duffer brothers and I, and Shawn Levy, had a lot of conversations throughout shooting and it wasn’t really until we were shooting episode four and five, I think, that we made the final decision,” said the 21-year-old daughter of actress Uma Thurman and actor Ethan Hawke. “It was a collaborative conversation, and I’m really, really happy with the way that it went.”
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Kahron Spearman is a music and film critic whose work can also regularly be regularly found in the Austin Chronicle.