Noah Schnapp introduces himself as gay after announcing that he is more similar to Will than he thought

Noah Schnapp

Noah Schnapp, who plays gay kid Will Byers on the Netflix show “Stranger Things,” has revealed his sexual orientation.

The 18-year-old actor shared the video to his TikTok account on Thursday, with Schnapp lip-syncing to an audio clip from another TikTok of someone stating, “You know what it never was? As severe as that. It never really went that far. Will never become that serious, honest to God.

Schnapp said, “I suppose I’m more similar to Will than I imagined,” as the caption to his TikTok video.

Following the release of the final two episodes of the fourth season of “Stranger Things” in July, Schnapp finally revealed to Variety that Will Byers is gay and in love with his closest friend Mike (Finn Wolfhard).

Is it just him maturing at a more leisurely pace than his peers, or has it always been there? That’s what Schnapp had to say. As he has matured, they have made it a concrete, undeniable fact. The fact that he is gay and has feelings for Mike is now beyond any reasonable doubt.

Since the pilot of “Stranger Things,” fans have speculated about Will’s sexuality, but Schnapp has consistently skirted inquiries about his identity by saying it was still “up to the audience’s participation.” Schnapp told Variety in July that he wasn’t sure what “Stranger Things” creators Matt and Ross Duffer had planned for Will, and that once he did know, he didn’t want to give anything away about Will’s arc in Season 4.

It’s “so easy to create a character just like all of a sudden be gay,” Schnapp added, but “I believe it is done so brilliantly.” While in Paris, a man in his forties approached me and said, “Wow, this Will figure made me feel so amazing. And I could so identify with that. And that sums up the youngster I was perfectly. Seriously, hearing that improved my day. They’re doing a fantastic job at capturing this character’s genuine journey and the genuine challenges he faces.

When questioned by Variety how he handled the focus on Will’s sexuality as he was still discovering who he was, Schnapp cited the character’s trials throughout the show.

It’s all simply part of the challenge of acting, he remarked. There are other underlying causes for his difficulties in coming out. His trauma is multifaceted: he was abducted by the Demogorgon, his pals ignored him, and now he’s afraid to come out for fear of rejection.

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Season 5 will be the final season of “Stranger Things,” as revealed by Netflix and the Duffer Brothers, but there has been no word on when production will begin or when the season will air.