Barb From Stranger Things Looks Completely Different In Real Life


At any point during the first season of Stranger Things did you think to yourself: I wonder if the actress who plays Barb looks significantly different?

If you did, it turns out you were bang on the money.

Shannon Purser, to the shock of many people, does in fact not look like her character on the hugely popular Netflix show.

Although at the helm of a relatively small role, the 20-year-old actress came out of it the standout star.

Since Stranger Things, Purser has gotten a recurring spot on Riverdale and a part in the horror film Wish Upon.

Speaking of the fans reaction to Barb, Purser told Elite Daily:

I still don’t really believe it… I mean, it was really strange because I had the time of my life and was just excited to be a part of it, and you know, for a few weeks after it came out, nothing happened which is kind of what I expected.

Then all of a sudden all these tweets start flooding in… ‘What happened to Barb?’ ‘Justice for Barb!’ ‘OMG where’d she go?’ and it was so surreal, but it means the world to me because it’s given me so many opportunities since.

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Asked if Barb would be making an appearance in season two, Purser added:

I honestly do not know anything… I know the vague statement that there will be justice for her, but besides that, no one will tell me anything, so I’m in the dark.

Last week, the final trailer of season two of Stranger Things dropped.

Created by The Duffer Brothers, the show follows a group of boys who team up with a psychokinetic girl to help find their friend who has mysteriously disappeared.

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Set a year after the first series, the second season deals with how the characters are returning to normal life, but of course, things are not as they seem and someone has a chilling secret.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the cast and crew spoke about what fans can expect from the second series.

After Will is rescued from the Upside Down, he seemed fine until we saw the young boy coughing up a slug and seemingly returning to the other world in the final moments of series one.

Co-creator Matt Duffer said:

He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down — the question is whether they’re real or not.

So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Meanwhile his mother Joyce, played by the inimitable Winona Ryder, is attempting to make things stable for her family while dating an old classmate from high school, Bob (The Goonies’ Sean Astin).


Ryder said:

She’s trying to mask a lot. I think she’s made this choice with Bob because she wants a good father figure in her sons’ lives.

All will be revealed soon enough.

Stranger Things series two will be available to stream on Netflix from October 27.