Visitors enter a restaurant with strict virus precautions in Munich on Nov. 15, 2021. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Michaela Handrek-Rehle
It started with a refrain of "Come to Brazil." After "Stranger Things" premiered on Netflix in July 2016, a then-13-year-old Finn Wolfhard logged on to Instagram to find he was rapidly going from unknown Canadian kid to one of the most recognizable young actors in the world. As the flood of three-word requests from new South American fans poured in and his follower count skyrocketed, Wolfhard looked on agape.
Netflix's original programming had already been well underway with critically acclaimed dramas like "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black," but the streaming giant hadn't had a global hit that could inspire such a broad and zealous fan base. When Wolfhard filmed the first season in Atlanta, "the show felt really contained," he said during a recent video call from his home in Los Angeles. "It felt like a thing that was big, but also really small."
But, of course, it wasn't small at all...