Back in March, Netflix shut down production on Stranger Things 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic. And today, star Gaten Matarazzo aka Dustin Henderson says the three-month pause could extend into the fall. Hopefully.
Matarazzo told GalaxyCon Live: “Work is on pause. We were in the middle of filming [Season] 4 and then they said, ‘Nope!’ They said two-week break, and we’ve been gone for three months. When it comes to being a part of the show in general, it has me being away from home for a very long time. Due to the pandemic, I’ve been home for quite a bit and getting to relax here. I’ve been kind of getting antsy trying to get back into work, just because we’ve been [away] for a very long time. We’re usually in Atlanta filming for seven, eight months, and so it takes a while, it’s more than half the year where I’m away.”
The good news is that by the time Matarazzo returns to work, he could be an 18 and no longer be bound by child actor laws.
He says: “I am so excited to finally get to experience filming the show without dealing with school. I always love filming the show anyway and I always made sure that school was the number one priority … but now, especially because I’m about to be 18, there are no more rules [for filming]. By the time I go back to filming, I turn 18 at the beginning of September … and at that point, because of the pandemic, we might not be back into filming. So I’ll be 18 and they can keep me as long as they need me without any time caps.”
Check out the full interview below.