It’s hard to imagine another actress playing Max in Stranger ThingsBut that was almost what happened.

As Sadie Sink tells it, the producers of the hit Netflix series weren’t initially keen on casting her in the show for a specific reason: They thought that she was too “old” even though she was only 14, according to the actress’ interview with Fashion

“I begged and pleaded for them to give me additional material” she replied, “so that I could show them something new.”

The producers eventually agreed to let the chemistry go with them. Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin, which she aced. The next thing Sadie knew, she was starring in season two as the hardened new kid in Hawkins. 

It’s a surreal experience for Fear Street the star, who is still adjusting to life in the limelight. “It’s such a weird specific situation that the Strangers thingsCast and me are in,” she stated, “because everyone knows the characters of our characters but we’re still trying figure out who ourselves are as human beings.”