Stranger Things star Sadie Sink reveals her ‘awkward’ first kiss on set


Sadie Sink has revealed the details of her first kiss.

The Stranger Things star has recalled the ‘awkward’ kiss she shared with her co-star Caleb McLaughlin on the set of the hit Netflix series.

The kiss happened in the second season of the show, when Sadie and Caleb, who play Max and Lucas, were 15 and 16, respectively.

Awkward: Sadie Sink has revealed the details of her first kiss on the set of Stranger Things with her co-star Caleb McLaughlin

‘We were both awkward,’ Sadie, now 20, told W Magazine of the scene. ‘But it was also funny because all our friends were there and all these extras and lights and music.’

‘It was nerve-wracking at the time, but I look back now and can laugh about it.’ 

The creators of Stranger Things previously came under fire for ‘forcing’ the teen actress to film the kiss scene.

Twitter reacted fiercely after Sadie revealed during a 2017 behind-the-scenes extra episode that she had been made to do the kiss by Ross and Matt Duffer even though she had been ‘stressed out’ over it for more than a day.

Kiss: The kiss happened in the second season of the show, when Sadie and Caleb, who play Max and Lucas, were 15 and 16, respectively

Kiss: The kiss happened in the second season of the show, when Sadie and Caleb, who play Max and Lucas, were 15 and 16, respectively

‘The kiss was not written in the script,’ Sadie revealed during the post show clip.  

‘I get there, the first day of Snow Ball….. One of you, I think it was you Ross, you say, ‘Oh, Sadie, you ready for the kiss?’ I’m like, ‘What! No! That’s not in the script’. 

‘That’s not happening,’ she said. ‘So the whole day I was like stressed out, I was like ‘Oh my god, wait, am I gonna have to…”

The kiss was shot on the second day of filming the Snow Ball scenes and was shot in front of a couple of hundred extras, crew members and parents. Sadie’s mother was also on set for the filming. 

Recalling: 'We were both awkward,' Sadie, now 20, told W Magazine of the scene. 'But it was also funny because all our friends were there and all these extras and lights and music'

Recalling: ‘We were both awkward,’ Sadie, now 20, told W Magazine of the scene. ‘But it was also funny because all our friends were there and all these extras and lights and music’

Ross Duffer blamed Sink’s response for his insistence on the kiss telling her on Beyond Stranger Things: ‘You reacted so strongly to this. I was just joking and you were so freaked out that I was like well, I gotta make her do it now.’

Sadie responded by asking him: ‘That’s why it’s my fault?’

The writer and director replied: ‘That’s why I’m saying it’s your fault.’

In addition, Variety reported that in an interview with the Duffer brothers before season 2 premiered, Matt Duffer revealed that that kiss, too, also wasn’t scripted and was dropped on the kids at the last minute.

Back in the day: 'It was nerve-wracking at the time, but I look back now and can laugh about it,' Sadie says (pictured with Caleb in 2018)

Back in the day: ‘It was nerve-wracking at the time, but I look back now and can laugh about it,’ Sadie says (pictured with Caleb in 2018)

‘You’d think it’s the end of the world but I guess it’s a big deal……. neither of those kisses were written in the script so we kind of dropped that on them the day of and caused a major panic. But they did it,’ he said. 

He then told the trade publication: ‘You have to torture them a little bit. You know you’ve got to entertain yourself some way. And we have all these children who are just fun. I know exactly how to push their buttons at this point.’

Sadie later clarified in an interview with TheWrap that she ‘never objected’ to the kiss and felt ‘comfortable’ on set.

‘I mean, of course I was nervous because it’s a first kiss, right?’ Sink said. ‘But I never objected to [it] or felt pushed into anything.’

‘I always felt comfortable and the Duffer Brothers, they do the best job,’ she added. ‘And always create a comfortable space. And if I felt uncomfortable with anything, I wouldn’t have done it.’

Child stars: The creators of Stranger Things previously came under fire for 'forcing' the teen actress to film the kiss scene (pictured in 2019)

Child stars: The creators of Stranger Things previously came under fire for ‘forcing’ the teen actress to film the kiss scene (pictured in 2019) 

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