Stranger Things at the Emmy Awards
Todd Williamson/ John Shearer/ Lester Cohen/ Steve Granitz/ ROBYN BECK/ Frazer Harrison/ Barry King/ Kevin Winter/ Getty Images
Is there nothing they can’t do?
Honestly, this is the kind of thing I usually hate—kids being brought into an adult situation to capitalize on being cute. You can see them, eyes whirling in their heads, trying to figure out how to get everyone to laugh and smile at them again. Looking for a hit.
But the Stranger Things kids – Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Millie Bobby Brown (Finn Wolfhard/Mike was shooting here in Toronto) seem impervious to anything that isn’t just generally awesome, and so somehow it’s not cutesy, and it’s working.
Beam your way through a red carpet? You’re adorable, never change. Time to help Jimmy Kimmel with a sandwich gag? Grab your banana seat bike and get on with it. But the most challenging task of all: perform a cover of a still-current song, with your two buddies, and make it clear that while you could look like a group of dancing toys, you somehow make it seem like you’re having the time of your life, and effortlessly at that.
How do they do that? How do they maintain what looks to be perfect innocent childhood that is devoid of anything except being amazing and having a carefree great time, but also be ambitious and savvy enough to have gotten here in the first place?
Never change, kids. Also, please tape Season 2 immediately—so I don’t have to feel bad for worrying about what will happen if one of you grows.
Also, when you’ve finished playing back the grainy Uptown Funk performance over and over, you should know that Wiz Khalifa dropped a track last night entitled Stranger Things, using a sample from the Stranger Things theme song. I’m waiting until someone cuts footage of the kids to the track so I can scare myself until Season 2 comes back. Listen below: