Sadie Sink, the actress who plays Max in the hit series Stranger Things 2, talks about her career so far and season three of Stranger Things
Sadie Sink has been catapulted into the public eye following her casting in the hugely popular second series of Stranger Things, which was released on the streaming service Netflix. Sadie is just fifteen years old (her birthday is next month), but she is taking the spotlight in her stride and has bold aspirations for her future as an actress.
I spoke to Sadie as she arrived home from a full day at school. Is it difficult balancing school with filming, I ask. “It can get a little bit tricky sometimes,” Sadie admits. “Just, like, catching up once you get back from press trips and stuff like that, but my teachers are really accommodating and they understand, which helps a lot.”
We discuss school a little and she talks animatedly about how great her teachers are. She is eloquent for her age (and very polished), but she sounds happy and relaxed. She has clearly had media training, but her bubbly personality still shines through and I find myself feeling quite charmed by her. Whilst she is talking about school, it’s easy to forget that she is part of
one of the most popular TV series in recent years.
Perhaps part of the reason that Sadie seems so well adjusted to the limelight and she is able to, with apparent ease, balance work, school, socialising and the press, is her past roles. In 2012, she landed the lead in Annie on Broadway, New York City. This prominent role opened even more doors for her and in 2013, whilst still performing as Annie, she starred as Lana in the TV series The Americans, which saw her perform alongside Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. After Annie, she played Suzanne Ballard in American Odyssey (Anna Friel and Peter Facinelli) and played minor roles in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2016) and Chuck (2016).
However, it was her role as Young Lori in the 2017 film The Glass Castle which started her on her journey to veganism. “I did a movie with Woody Harrelson, he played my dad, and I got really close to him and his family. I spent a lot of time with them. While I was with them I was eating vegan and I was kind of like watching them and seeing the way they ate and the way they lived their lives.
I was really inspired, so I decided to try it and I did some research, mainly by watching documentaries, and then I realised that it was the right thing to do. It was a really good decision that I made and I’m very happy.”
Sadie’s reasons for going vegan mostly surrounded animal welfare: “I did it mainly for the animals, but then also the environment as well. I think a lot of people do it for health reasons also and I think that’s great but I consider that when you’re vegan, the health benefits are a bonus. The most important thing to me is that I’m helping the animals and the environment.”
Being a vegan and under the scrutiny of the public must be tough, especially as she is so young. We start talking about common vegan debates and Sadie says that she tends to shy away from arguments, except when it involves her choice to eliminate animal products from her life.
Sadie said: “When I first started going vegan, people were a little bit confused and I still get people who are confused about me being vegan. People think being vegan is some weird thing. That’s one argument that I’m willing to have because I know that I’m always going to win.”
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