The creators of Stranger Things have come under fire after it was revealed in a Beyond Stranger Things episode that Sadie Sink’s character Max and Caleb McLaughlin’s character Lucas were forced to perform an unscripted kiss.
In the video from Beyond Stranger Things, showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer are joined by Sink, McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin in the hit series.
The group is asked to discuss the scene in the Season 2 finale, when the group of friends attends the Hawkins Middle School Snow Ball dance.
Sink, 15, says she was nervous about the scene and Ross Duffer says he was intentionally joking about the kiss but after Sink’s reaction was “so strong” and she was “so freaked” that he decided to film the part.
Describing the kiss, Sink told Beyond Stranger Things: “The kiss was not written in the script. I get there, the first day of Snowball… one of you, I think it was you Ross, you say, ‘Ooh, Sadie, you ready for the kiss?’ I’m like, ‘What! No! That’s not in the script. That’s not happening.”
Sink continues: “So the whole day I was like stressed out, I was like ‘Oh my god, wait, am I gonna have to…’ and it didn’t happen that day, but then the second day of filming the Snow Ball.”
Ross Duffer responds: “You reacted so strongly to this. I was just joking, and you were so freaked out that I was like well, I got to make her do it now. That’s why I’m saying it’s your fault.”
Sink then asked, “That’s why it’s my fault?”
“That’s why I’m saying it’s your fault,” Ross responds.
The exchange made many fans watching the discussion criticize the Duffer brothers on social media after failing to make the situation more natural for the 15-year-old actress.
Actress Dani Kind tweeted, “This happens on sets all the time. Being presented with a ‘script change’. Call it what u will, it’s not ok. Enough.”
Neither Netflix or the Duffer brothers have yet commented on the matter as of this writing.