This summer, Barb inspired dolls, T-shirts, comics, posters, memes, GIFs, menu items, a mural, a rap, and a YouTube spinoff. There's going to be a huge candlelight vigil for her in Massachusetts next month. How are you processing all of this?
[Laughs] It's just all so surreal. I see these things and I almost just don't even believe it because it's not something that I ever really imagined for myself, especially not this early in my career. This is my first project. And people have really responded so positively and really have latched onto her, and it's been amazing. It seems like almost every day I see something new, and it's incredible.
What was your experience of watching Stranger Things back at home?
It's kind of ironic but, for an actress, I don't really like a whole lot of attention, especially when it comes to people that I'm really close to. [My viewing party] was really low-key, just a few people. I loved the show. After the first three episodes that I'm in, I didn't really have any idea of what was gonna happen next, so I was just like every other fan, really surprised and curious to see what they would do with it. I remember watching it and just thinking, Wow, this is so good. This is something that I would totally love to watch even if I hadn't been a part of it. And it's been really great to see how apparently a lot of other people agree with me about that. [Laughs]