Shannon Purser Q&A: ‘Stranger Things’
“I know Barb is going to be somewhat of a theme because the Duffer Brothers promised me that there will be justice for Barb in season two, but I wasn’t involved in the making of season two, so I’m waiting to be surprised just like everybody else,” reveals Shannon Purser in our new interview (watch the exclusive video above). Her character Barb Holland was killed by a monster in the first season of “Stranger Things,” prompting an outcry from fans. Despite the viewers’ pleas, Barb is still truly dead, but she has already been avenged by the television academy, who gave her an Emmy nomination in July for Best Drama Guest Actress.
The recognition for her breakout performance is all the more impressive because “Stranger Things” was her acting debut. She’s well aware that this level of attention and accolades isn’t typical, but “I’m also just really thankful because acting is what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid. And there’s always that insecurity that maybe people won’t think you’re as good as you think you are, so it’s just been really encouraging to be validated in that way,” she explains. “I’m just really blown away by the amount of passion that surrounds this character. I think she’s very much a quintessential outcast, misunderstood teenager, and I think a lot more people than I anticipated related to that and really felt wronged when she was just gone and no one really bothered to see if she was okay.”
Well, Barb may not be okay, but it’s plain to see Shannon Purser is doing just fine.