Here's what the cast of 'Stranger Things' looks like in real life

Netflix/Getty ImagesMillie Bobby Brown stars as Eleven on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

The third season of “Stranger Things” is streaming now on Netflix, and the cast and creators recently celebrated the premiere in Los Angeles.

While the adventurous characters are often dirtied up from exploring the Upside Down or dressed up in 80s style costumes, the cast looks very different when they hit the red carpet.

Keep reading to see what the main characters of “Stranger Things” look like in real life.


Mike Wheeler likes to think of himself as leader of the friend group.

NetflixWill, Mike, and Lucas together at Starcourt Mall on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Mike and his pals refer to themselves as “The Party” thanks to their bond over Dungeons and Dragons.


Mike is played by Finn Wolfhard, whose hair is much curlier in real life.

Rachel Murray/Getty ImagesFinn Wolfhard on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Mike’s signature straight-haired bowl cut has been present on every season so far.


Will Byers was a key character for the first two seasons, since his connection to the Upside Down is triggering new problems in Hawkins.

NetflixWill, Lucas, Dustin, and Max on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Will went missing in the Upside Down on the first season, and was possessed by the Mind Flayer on the second.


Actor Noah Schnapp wears a wig when he plays Will on “Stranger Things.”

Amy Sussman/Getty ImagesNoah Schnapp on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

For the second season, Schnapp had to have a long wig custom cut for him in order to pull off Will’s signature bowl cut.


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Lucas is the party member with the most confidence and focus on whatever mission is in front of them.

NetflixLucas is level-headed and ready for new challenges at all times.

On the first two seasons, Lucas found himself at odds with both Mike and Dustin over various disagreements.


Lucas is played by 17-year-old Caleb McLaughlin.

Matt Winkelmeyer/FilmMagic/Getty ImagesCaleb McLaughlin on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

McLaughlin is the oldest of all the “Stranger Things” teen stars.


Dustin is usually the mediator of the party.

NetflixDustin Henderson, played by Gaten Matarazzo, on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

He often knows all the important Dungeons and Dragons lore as it relates to the Upside Down and the Mind Flayer.


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Gaten Matarazzo doesn’t love hats like his character Dustin, and sports a shorter hair cut.

Amy Sussman/Getty ImagesGaten Matarazzo on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Both Dustin and Matarazzo do wear braces now, though.


Eleven and her psychic powers are the star of the show.

NetflixEleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

When we first met Eleven, she had a shaved head. But now her curly brown hair has grown out.


In real life, actress Millie Bobby Brown often wears her hair more straight.

Matt Winkelmeyer/FilmMagic/Getty ImagesMillie Bobby Brown on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Brown really did shave her head for that first season of the show, and now her natural hair length matches Eleven’s.


Max (called “Mad Max” on the second season) is the newest member of the party.

NetflixMax on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Max moved to Hawkins from California, and got together with Lucas at the end of season two.


Sadie Sink plays the tomboyish Max on “Stranger Things.”

Amy Sussman/Getty ImagesSadie Sink on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Her naturally red hair matches Max’s on the show.


Max’s brother Billy is a bully at Hawkins High School.

NetflixBilly, played by Dacre Montgomery, on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

By the third season, he’s a lifeguard at the local pool for the summer.


Billy is played by Dacre Montgomery, who ditches the mullet in real life.

Rachel Murray/Getty ImagesDacre Montgomery on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Montgomery is also an Australian actor, but uses his American accent for Billy on the show.


Steve Harrington has now graduated high school and works at the nearby mall.

NetflixNewcomer Robin with Steve and Dustin on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Steve spends his days at Scoops Ahoy in the Starcourt Mall.


Actor Joe Keery sports a Steve-esque hairdo between seasons.

Amy Sussman/Getty ImagesJoe Keery on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Keery’s locks are a bit shorter than Steve’s, and we don’t think he also uses Farrah Fawcett hairspray in real life.


Steve’s new coworker, Robin, is the newest character to join “Stranger Things.”

NetflixNewcomer Robin with Steve and Dustin on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Robin is another Scoops Ahoy employee, and she loves to give Steve a hard time.


Robin is played by actress Maya Hawke, who has more bangs in real life.

Rachel Murray/Getty ImagesMaya Hawke on the ‘black carpet’ of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3’ premiere.

If Hawke looks familiar to you, it might be because she’s the daughter of actors Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman. She also starred as Jo March on the 2017 BBC version of “Little Women.”


Nancy Wheeler is Mike’s older sister and a monster-fighter in her own right.

NetflixNancy Byers on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

On the third season, she’s working as an intern for the summer at the local newspaper office.


Actress Natalia Dyer went blond for a while, but is now back to sporting her natural brunette curls.

Matt Winkelmeyer/FilmMagic/Getty ImagesNatalia Dyer on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Her hair, unlike Nancy’s, is not permed and hairsprayed within an inch of its life.


Jonathan Byers, Will’s older brother and Nancy’s boyfriend, is an endearing loner.

NetflixNancy and Jonathan on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Jonathan prefers to keep to himself most of the time, and loves taking photographs.


He’s played by British actor Charlie Heaton.

Amy Sussman/Getty ImagesCharlie Heaton on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Like his costars Dacre Montgomery and Millie Bobby Brown, Heaton uses an American accent for his role on the Netflix show.


Joyce Byers is Will’s anxiety-prone mother who went to extreme lengths on season one in order to get her boy back.

NetflixJoyce Byers, played by Winona Ryder, on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Joyce lost her boyfriend, Bob Newby, at the end of the second season thanks to the Mind Flayer’s attack on Hawkins.


Winona Ryder, an ’80s and ’90s icon in her own right, bears little resemblance to her frenzied character.

Rachel Murray/Getty ImagesWinona Ryder on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Ryder doesn’t wear her hair with bangs like her on-screen counterpart.


Police Chief Jim Hopper is basically the Indiana Jones of Hawkins.

NetflixJim Hopper, played by David Harbour, on Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 3.’

Hopper has undergone several mini character arcs as he tries to be a father to Eleven and potential love-match for Joyce.


David Harbour has grown out his beard far beyond Hopper’s 80s mustache seen on “Stranger Things.”

Rahel Murray/Getty ImagesDavid Harbour on the ‘black carpet’ for the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Stranger Things 3.’

On last season’s red carpet premiere, Harbour had a fully shaved face, so he’s keeping up the tradition of never matching his real-life grooming with Chief Jim Hopper’s newest looks.

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