If you haven’t watched the Netflix phenomenon Stranger Things, what have you been doing with your life?
The show is a glorious homage to the books and movies of the 1980s, particularly the works of horror master Stephen King. In season one (no spoilers, I promise) strange things were afoot in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, as a group of friends battled monsters and secret government agents to rescue a comrade who disappeared.
The nucleus of the show is four boys: Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will. In season two, a new character joins their ranks. Enter Sadie Sink, from right here in Brenham.
Sadie grew up in Brenham, but moved to New York several years ago to pursue acting. After playing Annie on Broadway and scoring small roles in the film “Chuck,” which tells the story of the real-life boxer who inspired the “Rocky” films, and “The Glass Castle,” which was released in August, she landed a job that could take her to new heights.
In Stranger Things, she plays “Max,” and while she’s sworn to secrecy regarding the details of season two, which premieres Oct. 27, she pulled back the curtain on some of the other facets of the show. She was at an autograph signing event Saturday at Tegeler Toyota to have a quick chat.
Here is Part One of the conversation. Part Two will come out Sunday, Oct. 22 as a primer for the release of “Stranger Things 2.”
What can you tell me about your character, Max?
I can’t say much without giving anything away, but I can tell you that she’s from California and she moves to Hawkins. She’s a tomboy skater … that’s pretty much it.
How did you get the chance to audition for the show?
My manager got the audition for me. I think I was at a football game when I found out I had the audition — the New York Giants.
Do you know how many other people auditioned for the role?
No, actually. During the whole audition process, I never saw another girl who auditioned for the role.
What was the audition process like?
I got the initial audition and then I had to go in two days later, and then I had to go back four different times, I think. Then I did a Skype session and then the screen test and the next day I found out I got it.
They were having auditions everywhere, but the office that I was going to was in New York. And then for the screen test there were talks of it being in L.A. or New York, but it ended up being in New York, which was good for us.
What was your reaction when you found out you got the role?
My mom knew before I knew. The Duffer Brothers (the creators of the show) were going to call me and tell me that I got the role and they were going to call me after school. So, my mom was making sure that I was in the car at 4 o’clock and she was really strict about it, but she’s never really strict about that kind of stuff, so I was like, “okay, wait, what’s going on?”
And then I went home and they called me and I said, “Oh, my gosh.” I couldn’t process what was happening.