Stranger Things' Caleb McLaughlin Opens Up About Dealing With Racist Fans
Caleb McLaughlin, who portrays Lucas in Netflix's Stranger Things, discusses his experiences with racism since the show's debut in 2016.
Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin talked out about his experiences with racism during Season 1. McLaughlin said in a video of a Q&A session at Heroes Comic Con Belgium shared to Twitter by user @spiderchalamet that "some individuals didn't stand in my line [at Comic-Con] because I was Black."
He said it affected him a lot when he was younger, and his parents had to sit him down and inform him that he was treated differently because he was "a Black child on the program." McLaughlin said that he intends to transform hatred into happiness with his platform, saying, "With my platform, I want to share positivity and love because I don't give hate back to those that give me hate."
McLaughlin has played Lucas Sinclair on Stranger Things since the show's debut in 2016, and he is one of the show's key characters. In Season 1, he is first wary of Eleven's (Millie Bobby Brown) unusual powers, but ultimately trusts her and forms a strong bond with her.
McLaughlin is likely to return for the fifth and final season of Stranger Things, but nothing else is known about the last chapters. Unlike Season 4, the episodes will be roughly an hour long, as opposed to up to two hours in Season 4. Matt Duffer, the show's co-creator, justified the choice "Season 5's run times, I believe, will be less extreme. We're attempting to revert to a more basic framework."
The episode lengths aren't the only way the Duffer Brothers intend to pay homage to Stranger Things' early episodes. Matt Duffer stated that the creative team has no plans to introduce any new characters for Season 5, explaining that he and his brother want to "concentrate on the OG characters." There is no official release date for Season 5, but based on the show's track record, actor David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper, believes it will be somewhere in mid-2024. "I believe we'll shoot next year," he stated. "They're finishing it this year, and they need to prep and all, so hopefully this year."