'Game Of Thrones'' Sophie Turner Defends 'Stranger Things' Kids In Must-Read Twitter Thread

"It doesn't matter if they are an actor ... they are kids first."

Sophie Turner knows a thing or two about growing up in the spotlight. The actress was 15 when she made her onscreen debut as Sansa Stark on HBO's Game of Thrones. Now 21, Turner is coming to the defense of another group of young actors dealing with fame — the Stranger Things kids.

According to Bustle, fans criticized 14-year-old Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mike on the Netflix series, for not stopping to meet with fans waiting outside his hotel. Wolfhard also recently told E! News that fans at the Stranger Things premiere booed him for not signing autographs, and recalled once being followed home by a pair of fans who wanted a picture with him.


Turner took to Twitter on Monday after seeing how Wolfhard was being treated, and reminded fans how important it is to give young actors the respect and privacy they deserve. Her words apply to anyone living and working in the spotlight, as well as the children of celebrities and other public figures.

"It doesn't matter if they are an actor ... they are kids first," she wrote. "Give them the space they need in order to grow without feeling like they owe anyone anything for living their childhood dreams."

Turner knows about these kinds of situations from experience, and has spoken out before about her own time growing up in the limelight, saying in 2016 that it's "probably the thing I've struggled with the most." 

The actress continued her Twitter thread by calling out the disrespect of photographing young stars without their permission, writing, "It doesn't matter if that child happens to be an actor and consented to a professional film crew capturing their moves when in character. That does NOT mean that this child consented to being followed with a camera in their face."

The young cast of Stranger Things seems to be friendly with each other, which could help them through the more difficult aspects of fame, as proven by Turner herself. Earlier this year, she shared how much her friendship with Game of Thrones co-star Maisie Williams has helped her through her own time in the spotlight.

"To have someone who understands what you're going through, who's the same age, who came from pretty much the same background—that is so rare," she told InStyle. "And we've had the same struggles in terms of dealing with body image and puberty and growing up in the public eye. But I found my strength in her, and I think she found her strength in me."

The criticism of Wolfhard also got around the Shannon Purser, the 20-year-old actress who played fan favorite Barb in the first season of Stranger Things. "No actor is under any obligation to stop for anyone," Purser wrote on Twitter, adding that Wolfhard is "human" and deserves breaks just like anyone.

Purser shared that she herself has experienced this kind of inappropriate fan behavior "on a significantly smaller scale," reminding people of their favorite stars, "They give you their art. They love their fans. Don't take advantage of that. And if you can't handle them needing space, stay away."

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