Sure, viewers were immediately drawn to Steve’s (Joe Keery) new friend, Robin (Maya Hawke), in Stranger Things 3. But you might be surprised to learn that the cast campaigned against a relationship between the two characters.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, the 21-year-old actress revealed that her character’s story line was supposed to end in a romantic relationship with Steve, versus a friendship.
However, when they were halfway through production, Hawke realized that it didn’t make sense for Robin to get with Steve. So, she and Keery pushed back on the creators’ original plan, suggesting that Robin is uninterested in Steve because she’s gay.
“Throughout filming, we started to feel like she and Steve shouldn’t get together, and that she’s gay,” she said. “Even when I go back and watch earlier episodes, it just seems like the most obvious decision ever.”
Hawke also explained that it was a collaborative effort between herself, Keery, executive producer Shawn Levy and the show’s creators, Matt and Ross Duffer (aka the Duffer Brothers).
“The Duffer Brothers and I—and Shawn Levy—had a lot of conversations throughout shooting and it wasn’t really until we were shooting episode four and five, I think, that we made the final decision,” she added. “It was a collaborative conversation, and I’m really, really happy with the way that it went.”
BRB, rewatching Stranger Things 3 all over again from episode one.