Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink almost didn’t get her role because she was ‘too old’

Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink reveals she nearly missed out on playing Max because she was ‘too old’ for the part

It’s hard to think of anyone other than Sadie Sink playing Max on Stranger Things, but on Saturday it was revealed that was almost the case.

The 20-year-old actress opened up about the audition process for the show in an interview with Deadline.

In the interview, she revealed that she almost didn’t land the gig because, at 14 years old, she was considered ‘too old’ for the part.

Great choice: It’s hard to think of anyone other than Sadie Sink playing Max on Stranger Things, but on Saturday it was revealed that was very nearly the case (pictured 2021)

However, she ultimately proved herself by taking on more and more in the audition.

‘I just begged and pleaded with them to give me more material so I could show them something fresh,’ she said.

Ultimately, the casting team had her do a ‘chemistry read’ with Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin who play Dustin and Lucas on the show, respectively. She was quickly chosen for the part after that.

Age factor: In the interview, she revealed that she nearly didn't get the gig because, at 14 years old, she was considered too old for the part

Age factor: In the interview, she revealed that she nearly didn’t get the gig because, at 14 years old, she was considered too old for the part

Chemistry test: Ultimately, the casting team had her do a 'chemistry read' with Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin who play Dustin and Lucas on the show, respectively (McLaughlin left, Matarazzo center)

Chemistry test: Ultimately, the casting team had her do a ‘chemistry read’ with Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin who play Dustin and Lucas on the show, respectively (McLaughlin left, Matarazzo center)

Sink talked about a variety of topics in the interview including the movie industry’s effect on child actors.

‘It’s such a weird and specific situation that the Stranger Things cast and I are all in because the world knows who our characters are but we’re still trying to figure out who we are as people,’ she said. ‘I think being in the industry accelerates you and you mature faster. But for the most part, it’s just so fun because the cast is all going through it together.’

‘Honestly, my life has felt a bit like a coming-of-age movie,’ she continued.

Child actors: Sink talked about a variety of topics in the interview including the movie industry's effect on child actors

Child actors: Sink talked about a variety of topics in the interview including the movie industry’s effect on child actors

Very popular: Season four of Stranger Things came out in two parts earlier this year, the first part at the end of May and the second in early July

Very popular: Season four of Stranger Things came out in two parts earlier this year, the first part at the end of May and the second in early July

Season four of Stranger Things came out in two parts earlier this year, the first part at the end of May and the second in early July.

It has received quite a bit of critical acclaim with fans all over the globe watching millions of hours of the show.

The show itself received 13 Emmy nods for the fourth season though none of the nominations were specifically for acting.

While the fifth season of the show does not yet have a release date, it has already been picked up by Netflix.

Award nominations: The show itself received 13 Emmy nods for the fourth season though none of the nominations were specifically for acting

Award nominations: The show itself received 13 Emmy nods for the fourth season though none of the nominations were specifically for acting

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