Noah Schnapp shares the heartwarming response from his family following his coming out as gay, guaranteed to bring a big smile to your face!
Noah Schnapp openly disclosed his sexuality in January, following a similar revelation by his Stranger Things character Will Byers on the Netflix series.
The 18-year-old actor shared that his family was already aware of his sexual orientation before he came out publicly. In an interview with Variety magazine conducted prior to the Hollywood actors’ and writers’ strike, Noah Schnapp mentioned, “When I finally told my friends and family I was gay after being scared in the closet for 18 years and all they said was, ‘We know.’”
When asked about his dating prospects, Noah Schnapp commented, “I’m just enjoying life, and if someone comes by, then sure – but I’m not actively trying to find a match… all of a sudden, there was this influx of all these people in my DMs. And definitely some, like, big names that I didn’t know about. I just take it as a compliment and move on.”
Reflecting on his decision not to immediately check his phone after coming out on TikTok, he expressed, “I didn’t want to sit there waiting nervously to see what people were going to say. I just wanted to put it away and be confident in who I am, and know that I don’t have to care what people think anymore. When I opened my phone… it was, like, a thousand texts of hearts and congratulations and rainbow flags. I was crying. I was like, ‘I made it. I’m done. I don’t have to worry.’”
Discussing his role as a young character grappling with his sexuality on Stranger Things, Noah Schnapp noted, “I was so young, I barely even knew what that word meant. And I don’t even think I knew myself that I was gay. It kind of blew up in the press, and everyone was like, ‘Oh, Will’s gay! Hooray!’ I saw all these comments on Instagram and TikTok. There was not one bad thing about him being gay. I was like, ‘If he has all this support, then why should I worry about anything?’”
Regarding his experience at his first Pride parade in New York City this year, Noah Schnapp shared, “It was truly such a liberating feeling, just seeing my parents cheer me on. I’ve never felt so supported and loved.”