The ensemble cast of Stranger Things grows bigger each season (even taking into account those heartbreaking losses… RIP Bob Newby, Superhero). It’s easy to recognize the adults in the cast for their long film and TV careers, but did you know that some of the younger players had careers before Stranger Things?
This includes Millie Bobby Brown, who was just 12 when the show started filming but had previously appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS and Modern Family. Another of Hawkins’ demonic fighters can also be recognized for his pre-Stranger Things roles. Can you guess which of the young actors appeared in the hit series Supernatural, another television series dealing with the macabre and the paranormal?
If you guessed Finn Wolfhard, the doe-eyed sweetheart from Millie Bobby Brown’s Eleven, you just won a cookie. (Not from us, though. We’re out of cookies.) Finn Wolfhard was born in Canada in 2002, and he found his first acting gig in the sketchiest way possible – from an ad on Craigslist. Fortunately, the job was legitimate, and within a few years he had appeared on The 100 and – yup – Supernatural, where in season 11 he played Jordie Pinsky in the episode “Thin Lizzie”. The episode opened with a series of murders at Lizzie Borden’s home, with Wolfhard’s character eventually orphaned by a malevolent presence.
Supernatural wrapped up in 2020, so even with his newfound fame, Finn Wolfhard will never reunite with Sam and Dean. With so much on his plate, however – including one more season of Stranger Things, we doubt the young actor will be bored.
These days, Wolfhard is busy with film and television – you might have seen him in the two chapters of It, or in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. In John Crowley’s 2019 drama The Goldfinch, Wolfhard managed to land the coveted role of Boris Pavlikovsky, a troubled young man and rising criminal. Crowley had originally wanted the role to go to an authentic Russian actor, but Wolfhard captured such a surprisingly good Russian accent that he persuaded Crowley to give him the part.
Alongside an already enviable film and television career, Wolfhard has been performing with his band The Aubreys since 2019. Their debut studio album, Karaoke Alone, was released in November 2021. Wolfhard has also begun writing and directing his own films. His first short film, Night Shifts, was released in 2020.
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