Stranger Things’ Will Byers, played by Noah Schnapp, has gone through a lot over the course of the show’s four seasons, but one thing has stayed constant: his hairstyle. He’s spent weeks in the Upside Down, been possessed by the Mind Flayer, and been through a lot, but no amount of turmoil or anguish seems to have prompted him to abandon the basic bowl cut.
As you would expect, it’s not something Schnapp has particularly enjoyed revisiting each time he begins filming a new series of episodes, but it’s something that creators Matt and Ross Duffer insisted on him continuing.
Noah Schnapp is hopeful of getting rid of his hairstyle
In a recent Insider interview, the actor said that he went to the Duffer Brothers several times, implying that he wanted Will Byers to get something else happening on top of his head. He’s been turned down each time, and he doesn’t expect things to change anytime soon.
“I’ve talked to them so many times like, ’Hey, are we thinking about a new cut for Will? There’s one more season left, but they’re pretty loyal to that cut. I think it is a true kind of ’80s classic haircut. So I don’t think we’re gonna lose it anytime soon.”
The hair department fitted Schnapp with a long bowl-cut wig for the first season, which he recorded when he was still an adolescent. Now that the haircut is a little shorter, Schnapp says he only has to clip in a few extensions to complete the retro look. People have crafted memes about Will’s haircut, criticizing the fact that his style doesn’t seem to be growing at the same rate as the other kids. The prank has gone viral to the point that a TikTok video has appeared on Schnapp’s own social media profile. “You know what’s funny: I just saw a TikTok on my ‘for you page’ today and it was this guy being like, ‘Noah Schnapp yelling at the Duffers to change the season four haircut,’ and it was someone screaming,” Schnapp said. “I reposted it because I thought it was so funny.”
Schnapp joked that he’s going to compile evidence of additional ’80s hairstyles that Will may wear in the forthcoming fifth and final season on a PowerPoint presentation. “I’m hopeful,” he said when asked if he thinks next season might be the time for Will’s hair to finally shine.
Bowl cuts were definitely popular at a time during the 20th century, but it was more of a 1960’s thing that was particularly influenced by the style sported by the beloved members of The Beatles. It’s never come up on Stranger Things, but maybe Winona Ryders’ Joyce Byers is quietly a controlling Beatlemaniac who insists that her son never stop paying tribute to their greatness with his hair.
Stranger Things Season 4 Volume 1 is now available on Netflix and Volume 2 for season 4 will be out on July 1, 2022.
Source – Insider