A Strange Convo with David Harbour
In 2016, Netflix released it's original Syfy thriller Stranger Things. Set in the 1983 in Hawkins, Illinois where the residences are plagued with the mystery of super natural beings and the remnants of a top secret government experiment. Sitting on the heels of the Season 2 premiere, The SAG/AFTRA Foundation held a screening of Stranger Things followed by a post screening conversation with David Harbour who stars as Chief Hopper in the series. Season 2 picks up a year after season one. A lot can transpire in a year's time. There are a lot of things that the audience doesn't get to see, but Harbour tends to think this is a good thing."In this way Hopper has a year that he's grown and you don't see him in that year. So when [Season 2] comes back, he's a very different person. In a way, we're making it kind of different, but in this way Hopper isn't stagnant. They're allowing him to grow." Although Harbour has spent much of his career between theatre and film Chief Hopper is his first leading role on screen. "I didn't think I [would book] it because networks usually go for the sex appeal, but that's the great thing about Netflix. They take risks and they let you do what you want. Prime time networks are more concerned about sex appeal and loosing money." The success of the show has garnered Harbour more projects and a new following. Harbour is slated to portray the demonic super hero Hellboy in the Lionsgate and Millennium studios reboot. "I've done tons of work, but when [Stranger Things] came out, my Twitter following jumped from 950 to over 100,000 over night." In closing of the post screening conversation, Harbour offered this best advice and a few words of encouragement to actors. "My best advice is don't take any advice. Including this! But seriously, I do believe that every path is different and every path is unique. You can model your career after certain mentors but in general your path is always going to be unique. Trust your instincts and don't care what other people think or what they say. I've always been lead by that." Catch the premiere of "Stranger Things" Season 2, October 27, 2017 on Netflix.