Why the ‘Stranger Things’ Cast Skipped the 2020 Emmys


Stranger Things had one Emmy nomination tonight—Outstanding Drama Series—but that wasn’t enough to bring the cast out virtually for the ceremony. The teen stars of the show, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Sadie Sink, didn’t appear during the virtual red carpet segment, nor did the show’s young adult actors Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, and Charlie Heaton or its main adult actors Winona Ryder and David Harbour. When the nominees were announced for the category, just the Duffer Brothers appeared on camera.

It’s understandable: Because there’s no in-person ceremony, and Stranger Things isn’t favored to win its category (it’s up against Succession, Ozark, The Crown, Better Call Saul, The Mandalorian, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Killing Eve), the full cast chose not to go all-out from home. Stranger Things didn’t win, in fact: Succession did.

Brown spoke to ELLE last October about her hopes for her character Eleven in season 4 of the show. (Production was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic but is reportedly set to resume soon.)