WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Stranger Things Season 3, streaming now on Netflix.
Just before the climax of Stranger Things Season 3, the show stunned fans with the reveal new character Robin (Maya Thurman-Hawke) is gay. Following the curveball, Thurman-Hawke opened up about what it means to her and the series to finally get this extra bit of representation.
"The great thing about Stranger Things is it has such a reach and so many people watch it in the middle of the country. Even a little gesture like having a gay character is a big deal," Thurman-Hawke told The Hollywood Reporter. "It feels wonderful to have a piece of that humanity involved in this giant action-packed drama. It's such an amazing thing the Duffer Brothers did, stopping the whole show -- there's an action scene going on [elsewhere in the episode] -- and it stops for a seven-minute conversation between two people who really care about each other. It's a really beautiful thing. I feel really lucky that I got to play that."
"[...] The reason she has all these hard walls is that she doesn't feel like she fits in. She feels like an odd one out. She's gay, and nobody knows that," she added, speaking about her character. "There's a lot she's bored by, and there's a lot she's too nervous to express about herself that makes a person put up a lot of walls. But once these other characters start to reveal themselves to her, and once she gets to be on the front of a mission, her personality really comes through because she feels like herself."
Although the show made it at first appear like Steve (Joe Keery) would win over his colleague at the Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor after confessing his feelings, Robin admitted she obsessed over Steve because the girl she liked, Tammy Thompson, had feelings for him instead. By the end of the season, Robin was essential in stopping many issue plaguing the town. Even though the show hasn't yet been officially renewed, Thurman-Hawke hopes now that she's more comfortable in her own skin she'll gets to play an even bigger role moving forward.
Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Priah Ferguson, Cary Elwes, Jake Busey and Maya Thurman-Hawke.