It’s a Monday afternoon in suburban New Jersey, and Sadie Sink is making an attempt to determine how chemical bonds work. “It’s for my biology homework,” she explains. “Ionic bonds, covalent bonds, hydrogen bonds…” It’s a curiously regular exercise for a 15-year-old who’s about to grow to be a family identify because of her breakout position as Mad Max in Stranger Issues 2, a skateboard-obsessed, arcade game-loving California transplant who peaks each Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and Dustin’s (Gaten Matarazzo) romantic curiosity. (Of all the weird occurrences on this collection, watching the gang navigate puberty is likely to be essentially the most disconcerting.)
Stardom was not all the time on the playing cards for Sink. Her father coached American soccer in her rural Texas hometown, Brenham – “a tiny place the place life revolves round sports activities” – and her household lived on the pitch. It was a long-lasting obsession with Disney’s Excessive Faculty Musical that bought her into group theatre – which in flip led to a Broadway audition and the lead within the 2012 revival of Annie at simply 10 years previous. Cue her total household transferring to New Jersey and a brand new life that centred on vocal coaching and dance classes – none of which appears to have phased her. “I used to be all the time comfortable so long as I used to be on stage – however the schedule was intense. I did eight exhibits per week, with Mondays off. I’d end simply earlier than midnight each night time.”
It was on Broadway that she first met Stranger Issues’s McLaughlin, who performed the younger Simba in The Lion King, and Matarazzo, who starred as Gavroche in Les Misérables. “In case you’re a baby, and also you’re on Broadway, you mechanically know each different youngster in a manufacturing,” she says, laughing. “It’s a correct group. There’s a park on 43rd road the place we’d all go to let off vitality earlier than we had to return and carry out one other present.” Requested whether or not she appears like she missed out on something because of her standing as a Broadway child – summers off or highschool dances, as an example – her response is deadpan: “I’d have skipped promenade anyway.”
Regardless of her appearing credentials (and Broadway connections), she was by no means a shoe-in for the position of Max – and the audition course of was gruelling. “I needed to go in for 5 call-backs – after which a display check. All of it occurred over the course of a fortnight, however it appeared like ages. I had just about no details about the character’s backstory.” Lastly touchdown the position meant months of intense preparation earlier than heading all the way down to Atlanta to movie. “I labored with a skateboarding teacher for 3 hours day-after-day,” she explains. “We might go to the park and do ramps. I needed to put on a ridiculous quantity of substances – elbow pads, knee pads, each type of pad, plus a helmet – to cease myself from getting damage.”
There was additionally the duty of teaching herself concerning the Eighties on condition that she was born in 2001. “Earlier than the primary collection, the others had been advised to look at movies like E.T. and The Breakfast Membership, however I primarily listened to music from that decade: Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston.” Fortunately, friendship with the remainder of the Stranger Issues gang got here extra naturally – a blessing, since they had been filming collectively for eight months, typically in the course of the night time in distant areas round Georgia. So, how did they bond? “Gaten and I’d sing Hamilton tunes continually. Caleb and I bought right into a struggle with water balloons. And Millie and I went to an Adele live performance the primary night time that we met and ended up happening a visit to Cabo collectively in a while.”
So, what’s subsequent for the younger star? “Proper now, I’m simply planning for Halloween. My mates and I are going trick or treating. I’m going to decorate up as Wendy from Peter Pan, and my brother goes as Captain Hook.” Good to know that she’s not all grown up simply but, then.
Stranger Issues 2 is accessible to stream on Netflix now.