'Stranger Things' star Noah Schnapp says he asked the Duffer Brothers to change Will's hair, but they insisted on keeping the bowl cut
Stranger Things" actor Noah Schnapphas asked "so many times" for a new hairstyle on the show.
- Schnapp's character Will has a bowl cut, which cocreators Matt and Ross Duffer say is "of the times."
"Stranger Things" star Noah Schnapp wishes "so badly" that his character Will Byers would get a new haircut, but cocreators Matt and Ross Duffer insist that the retro style stay consistent.
"I've talked to them so many times like, 'Hey, are we thinking about a new cut for Will?'" Schnapp told Insider during a recent interview. "There's one more season left, but they're pretty loyal to that cut. I think it is a true kind of '80s classic haircut. So I don't think we're gonna lose it anytime soon."
Schnapp said the Duffers' explanation for keeping the haircut is that it's "of the times," given that "Stranger Things" takes place in the '80s.
"That's what they say, but then I talked to my parents and they lived in the '80s," Schnapp said. "They said they weren't 16 with that haircut, so I don't know."
For the first season, which the now 17-year-old Schnapp filmed when he was still a preteen, the hair department fitted him with a long bowl-cut wig. Now the haircut is a bit shorter, so Schnapp said he only has to clip in a few extentions to make the retro cut come to life.
People online have made memes about Will's haircut, lamenting that his style doesn't seem to be evolving like the other kids' looks. The joke is widespread enough that a TikTok video showed up on Schnapp's personal social media feed.
"You know what's funny: I just saw a TikTok on my 'for you page' today and it was this guy being like, 'Noah Schnapp yelling at the Duffers to change the season four haircut,' and it was someone screaming," Schnapp said. "I reposted it because I thought it was so funny."
Schnapp joked that he's going to make a PowerPoint presentation, compiling evidence of other '80s haircuts that Will could wear in the upcoming fifth and final season.
"I'm hopeful," he said when asked if he thinks next season might be the time for Will's hair to finally shine.
The fourth season (in which Will's bowl cut is still very much present) premieres on
For more insights from Schnapp, read the "two truths and a lie" that he teased about the upcoming storylines — including a potential main character death.
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