Stranger Things’ Joseph Quinn didn’t mince his words when reacting to the vile online trolling one of his co-stars has been subjected to.
Grace Van Dien, who played cheerleader Chrissy Cunningham in season 4 of Netflix’s sci-fi show, has been at the centre of some online abuse for portraying Quinn’s character Eddie Munson’s love interest. (To be fair, the pair didn’t make it very far courtesy of Vecna, but their budding romance sure had promise.)
“It’s so awful,” Quinn said during a fan Q&A at Showmasters’ London Comic Con on Saturday March 4.
The actor also explained he and Van Dien had discussed the online backlash.
“I was talking to her about it,” he said, adding: “The internet is a very unforgiving place.”
“It’s a place where people can show a lot of support, or where people can rally around hatred and misinformation.
“It’s indicative of where we are culturally, just through association she was getting lambasted. It’s disgusting. I don’t know what to say other than it sucks.”
Quinn will be next seen in A Quiet Place: Day One, a spin-off prequel to John Krasinski’s post-apocalyptic saga. Set for release next year, Day One also stars Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Hereditary’s Alex Wolff.
As for a possible return as Eddie Munson, it sadly seems that Quinn’s exit from the show was pretty definitive. (Spoilers for Stranger Things season 4 ahead.)
After quickly becoming a fan-favourite, Dungeons & Dragons master Eddie helps save the day but ends up getting mauled by some evil bats in the Upside Down — though not before he could showcase his skills in a now-iconic rendition of Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’. Yes, a lot happened in that finale.
And while a return doesn’t seem to be on the cards according to exec producer Shawn Levy, fans haven’t lost hope Eddie may show up in some capacity in season 5. A fan can dream, right?
Stranger Things seasons 1-4 are now streaming worldwide on Netflix.