Will Byers is keeping his sexuality private—even from the actor who plays him, Noah Schnapp.
The season four premiere was followed by the finale of Stranger Things, fans questioned whether the teen character is LGBTQ+ after he chose gay mathematician Alan Turing as his hero for a school presentation. Will also makes some cryptic comments about how it is scary to open up to close friends because you fear they might reject your ideas.
Despite these apparent signs, Schnapp is hesitant to put a label on Will’s sexuality. He says Variety that he’s leaving that decision up to the writers, led by creators Matt Ross DufferShe said that she felt like no one ever addressed the issue or made any obvious statements about Will.
He continued, “I believe that’s what’s the beauty it is, that it’s up to the audience to interpret it. If it’s Will refusing to grow older and growing up faster than his friends or if he’s really gay, then that’s okay.”