Gaten Matarazzo Speaks Up About Shooting Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ During the Pandemic

The fourth season of Stranger Things has been the talk of the town since the third season finished. The pandemic, however, has caused some problems in terms of production––just like any other series and/or films out there.

Considering how the third season ended with a cliffhanger, fans will be super stoked for any news about arguably Netflix’s biggest sci-fi series.

If a part of your brain chose not to remember how season 3 ended, then brace yourself. If you haven’t watched the series yet, this might be a good reason for you to skip ahead––SPOILER ALERT!

The third season of Stranger Things ended with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) defeating the Mind Flayer alongside the sacrifice of Billy (Dacre Montgomery). In the process, though, Eleven loses her powers. On the other side of things, Joyce (Winona Ryder) closed the gate to the Upside Down, but Hopper (David Harbour) was seemingly blasted––settling into dust. When everything went back to normal (don’t know if this actually exists in Stranger Things standard), the Byers family, with Eleven, bid their farewells to their friends in Hawkins to start a new life. No signs of where they’re going, but things are looking up now that we know Hopper is alive––but in a Russian prison.

The coronavirus is still apparent in the world as of today. While the pandemic hopefully grows smaller by the day, it’s smart that series and films that are given the green light to shoot are keeping themselves safe and following precautions. Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Justin in Stranger Things, has spoken up about the experience:

It’s definitely an unorthodox form of shooting,” he said. “Everyone on set has been very diligent about wearing their PPE [personal protective equipment]. Even for our off-camera work we keep our masks and goggles on. Lots of distancing. Separation during lunch, and transport from base to set.

I bet it feels really weird working distantly from people you’ve worked closely with over the years. Either way, if we want more of Stranger Things, then we better be happy that they’re safe one way or another.

Written by Dave Cunningham

Raised and born in West London. Dave is currently studying BA in Psychology at CUNY Hunter College. Netflix favourites: You, Stranger Things, Ozark & Virgin River.

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