The second season of the hit Netflix series is officially in the books and fans are already clamoring for season three. We just can't get enough of the odd, spooky adventures of the kids from Hawkins, IN. While they're cool in the show, the actors are even cooler in real life, though it's hard to recognize them sometimes. Just look at how little they care about this stuffy, self-congratulating awards show. These kids get it.
This should be on anyone under the age of 15's vision board under the category "squad goals." Heck, this is something to strive for with your group of friends at any age. I hope when I'm in a nursing home I have friends cool enough to strike poses on a whim with me.
Will and Eleven don't share much screen time together. But in real life, actors Noah Schnapp and Millie Bobby Brown are the best of friends. They also have a much better fashion sense than their characters from the '80s.
Need proof that these two are besties? Take a look at the pure, evil glee in Brown's face as she torments Schnapp. Seems cruel to outsiders, yes, but this is the type of behavior only best friends will understand.
Looks like some of the older stars are pretty cool as well. It's nice to see the adult actors of the show can be just as goofy as the child and teen stars. This looks like a promo shot for an impromptu blues jam band.
And this looks like the cover of a '90s alternative album that hit number one on all charts. Which is kind of confusing, considering how these kids are supposed to be from the '80s. Guess their awesomeness just transcends time.
Name a more iconic duo. I'll wait. Eleven and new addition to the cast Max add some serious and appreciated girl power to the series. In Eleven's case, literal girl power, as the telekinetic character has saved the boys asses on multiple occasions.
There has perhaps been no greater character arc in the series than that of Steve. He went from the douchebag jock of season one to the protective babysitter of season two. Glad to see that actor Joe Keery is pals with the kids in real life as well, and that magnificent hair of his isn't some glorious wig.
Were you heartbroken at the end of the season when no one wanted to dance with Dustin at the Snow Ball? Finn Wolfhard must have felt the same way. He didn't want to see a repeat of that, so danced with his pal Gaten Matarazzo while onlookers' "aww"ed.
Are you a nerd and felt a connection with the nerdy kids of Stranger Things? You'll be happy to know they're not secretly jocks who just pretended to be dorks. Turns out they're similar to their characters in real life. Who knew being less cool would make you infinitely cooler in the eyes of so many?
Chief Hopper secretly watched over Eleven for all of season two. He finally let her out so she could attend the Snow Ball, and it looks like he let her out again. The father-daughter dynamic between these two is incredible on and off screen.
Didn't Max's brother Billy get under your skin? You'll be happy to know that the actor that portrays him, Dacre Montgomery, isn't such a bad guy. He and Joe Keery aren't enemies in real life, although Keery seems to have thoughts about the places they choose to dine.