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.

Finn Wolfhard is shown in New York in October. Foto: Photo for The Washington Post by Celeste Sloman From left: Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Logan Kim in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." Foto: Kimberly French/Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Pictures. Finn Wolfhard in the first season of "Stranger Things." Foto: Curtis Baker/Netflix Finn Wolfhard, 18, has lived his teenage years in front of the world - but he says he's not interested in being a celebrity. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Celeste Sloman

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...

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