'Stranger Things' star Natalia Dyer says her younger co-stars are 'oversexualized' in the media

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Natalia Dyer at the premiere of "Stranger Things" Season 3.
  • "Stranger Things" star Natalia Dyer has said that she believes her younger co-stars are "oversexualized" by the media.

  • Speaking with The Independent, Dyer said: "There are so many layers going on here. I generally feel like, to me, it's oversexualizing them. I feel protective over the younger kids even though they're not kids anymore, they're teens."

  • Dyer, who plays the role of Nancy Wheeler, one of the only older central characters on the show, said that she believes the oversexualizing of young actors is a "a very tricky and complex" problem, which is ultimately rooted in a wider "cultural issue."

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Natalia Dyer said she believes her "Stranger Things" co-stars are "oversexualized" by the media.

During an interview with The Independent, Dyer said: "There are so many layers going on here. I generally feel like, to me, it's oversexualizing them. I feel protective over the younger kids even though they're not kids anymore, they're teens."

Speaking about her younger co-stars Dyer added: "They're all great people and all having to grow up in very crazy circumstances. As a private person, I just feel like, leave people alone – unless you're talking about their work or what they want to talk about."

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Natalia Dyer and Charlie Heaton play Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers, respectively, on Netflix's "Stranger Things."

Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, during the 1980s, "Stranger Things" follows the lives of a group of young teens who fight to save their small town from a host of supernatural elements. The show is one of Netflix's biggest hits with its third season watched by over 40 million accounts in the first four days of its release, breaking Netflix's all-time viewing record.

Dyer, who plays the role of Nancy Wheeler, one of the only older central characters on the show, said that she believes the oversexualizing of young actors is a "a very tricky and complex" problem which is ultimately rooted in a wider "cultural issue."

She said: "There must be a bigger concept behind it as to why. Just let people be the people that they are, without any judgment."

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Millie Bobby Brown has spoken about the media's sexualization of her in the past.

British actress Millie Bobby Brown who plays Eleven on "Stranger Things" has been at the forefront of the discussion around the inappropriate sexualization of the show's young cast. In 2017, W magazine named the actress as one of the "Hottests" actors on TV when she was just 13, among a list of much older actors which included Claire Foy, Nicole Kidman and Keri Russell.

In an Instagram post leading up to her 16th birthday, Brown condemned the continued "sexualization" she has experienced from the media during her formative years as a young actor. In the post she said she has felt "pain and insecurity" as a young girl in the public eye.

She wrote in the caption: "There are moments I get frustrated from the inaccuracy, inappropriate comments, sexualization, and unnecessary insults that ultimately have resulted in pain and insecurity for me."

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