Stranger Things' Will actor Noah Schnapp, 18, comes out as gay after years 'in the closet'
Stranger Things star Noah joked that he shares more similarities with his closeted gay onscreen character, Will Byers, than anyone had first thought.His eyes shining with tears, the emotional star took to TikTok to film an emotional and intimate video while lying on his bed at home.The actor captioned his clip: "When I finally told my friends and family I was gay after being scared in the closet for 18 years and all they said was 'we know'!"Relieved-looking Noah combined the statement with footage of himself mouthing a woman's words saying: "You know it never was that serious, it was never that serious, quite frankly we will never be that serious!"He then quipped: "I guess I'm more similar to Will Byers than I thought!"The multiple award-winning supernatural drama series - which also features the likes of Winona Ryder - tells the story of mind control, psychokinesis and a secret scientific research lab using human subjects.Alongside the sci-fi subject matter, there's a more conventional storyline within the show too - Will's romantic feelings towards his best friend Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard).However, Will's feelings are not reciprocated by Mike, who is in love with telepathic teen Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown).Following the season four storyline, Noah has made it clear that the character is "100% gay"."Obviously, it was hinted at in Season 1," he revealed to Variety magazine."It was always kind of there, but you never really knew, is it just him growing up slower than his friends?"Now that he's gotten older, they made it a very real, obvious thing."He added: "Now it's 100% clear that he is gay and he does love Mike.