In 2016, Americans and beyond were terrified by a looming, evil presence on their television screens… And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump at the presidential debates, but rather the diabolical “Demogorgon” on Netflix’s runaway smash hit, Stranger Things—the show we all binge-watched (and rewatched) this year.
Hearkening back to the nostalgic Steven Spielberg-era family horror of the ‘80s, Stranger Things became, ironically, the least strange and most comforting escape in a world gone mad when it premiered on the streaming service over the summer. Its cast of endearing, relatable kids anchored the show’s otherwise dark and conspiratorial premise with a sense of levity and heart. Natalia Dyer was one of those kids—or rather, teenager.
Playing Nancy Wheeler, the high school-aged big sis to Mike, the Eleven-crushin’, Dungeons and Dragons player trying to unravel the mystery of his disappeared friend, Dyer’s character started off as the typical vision of any early ‘80s cinematic coming-of-age teen girl: an eye-rolling, boy obsessed princess caught between the worlds of popularity and authentic friendship. Facing incredible danger, however, Nancy quickly evolved into one of the show’s most badass feminist players alongside Winona Ryder’s desperate, relentless Joyce Byers and Millie Bobby Brown’s fierce fan-favorite Eleven.
Below, the Nashville-bred, New York-based actress and I converse about what it was like landing her life-changing gig, getting caught up on ‘80s cinema (a decade she never personally experienced), learning how to navigate the industry with grace thanks to a certain iconic co-star, and, of course, justice for Barb.
A new project was recently added to Natalia’s IMDb page, the name of this project is “Yes, God, Yes”, a new short film directed by Karen Maine and produced by Katie Cordeal, where she will play the role of Alice, a fifteen-year-old who has always been a good Catholic, but when an innocent AOL chat turns unexpectedly racy, she finds herself suddenly obsessed with sex. The short film is set to premiere in 2017.
We have added 2 production stills of “Yes, God, Yes” to our gallery, you can check them by clicking the thumbnails below.
I have added 3 high quality pictures of Natalia along with the Stranger Things cast which were taken for an interview with Teen Vogue where she and Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin played charades while eating snacks, they had a good time for sure! You can watch the interview below and to see the photos click on the thumbnails! Enjoy!
We have added 4 high quality portraits of Natalia with some of the Stranger Things’ cast from their interview for Aol’s Build Series. You can check the pictures by clicking the thumbs below and also don’t forget to check the awesome interview!
I have added 5 exclusive High Quality pictures (special thanks to Maria) from the 17th Annual Brooklyn Film Festival that took place in 2014, Natalia attended to this event for the movie “I Believe in Unicorns” along with Peter Vack. You can see the pictures by clicking the thumbs below, enjoy!