What Was It Like on the Stranger Things Set? Star Natalia Dyer Reveals All

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Now that Stranger Things has officially been picked up for a second season, we're getting pumped to binge-watch brand new installments of the supernatural show when it returns to Netflix in 2017. In just eight episodes, the series captivated audiences with its retro ‘80s vibe, insanely creepy monsters, and parallel dark dimension called “The Upside Down”—so it should come as no surprise that things were equally as exciting off-camera.

The show’s star Natalia Dyer (who totally killed it as the preppy-but-badass Nancy Wheeler onscreen) recently sat down with InStyle to spill exactly what went down while filming the buzzed-about series. She dished on everything from working with co-star Winona Ryder (who’s a “goof” between takes, according to Dyer) and filming scenes with monsters, to what the show's spooky underworld was like IRL.

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Watch the video above for five of her most surprising revelations, including how the love triangle between Nancy, Steve (Joe Keery), and Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) was originally supposed to go down.


Winona is amazing. Obviously Winona is great at what she does. She can really get down to business when she needs to but between takes she's a goof. She's fun, she's Grounded and smiling and laughing. And it was such a pleasure and an honor to get to work alongside her. I just remember bonding with her over, Nancy has this one line about salt. Where are we gonna get that much salt? She's like, it was goog. You did the best with that line that you definitely could have Some of the strangest things are just like when you're standing there face to face with this guys dressed in a monster suit and you're just like going through the blocking of how a scene is gonna go. You know, it's those moments where you just have to stop and you're like this, this is a little weird. [MUSIC] Well, that's got to be one of my favorite days of filming. Because yeah, we were filming this beautiful forest in Georgia and the arts department had completely like transformed it like put all these crazy practical effects things up and it was just kind of amazing. So, I would say, yeah, there's definitely Filming in the nether was pretty creepy in real life too. When I found out about Barb's tragic fate, it was definitely you know, sad because they were still writing it as we were filming and I think, you know, we were all maybe hoping that There'd be some kind of happy ending there. We kind of you know had this motto on set. That's like. Poor Barb. Poor Barb, she's like the nicest character in the whole thing and doesn't do anything wrong. There had to be an element of danger in the show and She got the short stick sad. [MUSIC] In the original pilot it looks like Nancy was absolutely going to end up with John because Steve was such a jerk in the original version of the show. But then they kind of switched things up while we were filming. Neither one of them could steal Nancy Is hard. Well, thanks for watching and you can catch Stranger Things on Netflix. [MUSIC]
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