Getting Ready

According to One of Its Stars, Stranger Things Season 2 Is Dark & Intense

We got ready for the Emmys red carpet with Noah Schnapp (aka Will Byers) and his stylist, Philippe Uter.

By: Jodi Taylor
Photography: Kate Hollowell

Of all the people we were excited to see on the red carpet at last night's Emmys, it was the cast of Stranger Things. Were desperate for any tidbit of information about season two (you likely are too), and theres always the chance of spoilers being spilled on the red carpet.

Fortunately for us, six hours before the show, we got to hang with Stranger Things Will Byers, Noah Schnapp, as he prepped for the evening ahead with stylist Philippe Uter by his side—and we did get a tidbit of information about season two, and Schapps characters return from the Upside Down.

ICYMI, Schnapp and Uter made the decision to go with a navy blue velvet, gold-embroidered Balmain suit for television’s special night. The suit was so good, there is no doubt he stole more than few hearts as he posed alongside his fellow cast members (all of whom looked equally as dapper). Click through the gallery below to get the lowdown on his outfit and find out who he was most excited to meet.

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Noah Schnapp: “I’m very excited. I love dressing up for these carpets and events. I’ve been acting since I was eight in movies, but like all of these events and stuff, it’s only been going on since I started Stranger Things, so it’s very cool. Usually the process is: [Philippe will] send me samples of shirts and fabrics, or looks and certain things that go together. I’ll look them over. I usually know what I like and what I don't like. Usually it’s a very sophisticated look with a little bit of an edge, or sometimes I like the color pop in shoes and stuff like that. I like looking good on the carpet.”

NS: “I played Charlie Brown in The Peanuts Movie, and when I was younger we did a little tour around the country. We went to a bunch of small [red] carpets for promotional stuff, and there would be like five interviews on the carpet—I’d get super nervous, I’d freak out, and my stomach would be full of butterflies. My heart would be pounding. But I’ve just learned to know nothing is going to happen.”

NS: “I love [Philippe], he’s always so helpful. He always puts together amazing, incredible outfits for us. He’s French and my mom’s French, so he kind of connects to our family, too. He and my family—we all have a similar sense of what we like—so it’s good. He’s great to work with.”

Philippe Uter: “He’s going to wear Balmain—a very dapper deep blue velvet jacket with embroidery on the collar. It’s almost like a Navy officer’s jacket, but way much more fancy, very Balmain. He has black pants that we are actually tailoring right now to make into cigarette pants. A white shirt and then a black velvet bowtie.”

PU: “At first we wanted something more conventional, but then I spoke a lot with his mom—we talk over the phone or by text all the time—and we thought, you know what, we should find something that pops out more than that. It’s a big event for him, it’s the first season we’re working together on a big red carpet, so let’s find something that’s a statement.”

PU: “It’s a very good energy between [Noah, his mom, and I] because they’re not afraid to say, ‘Philippe, I hate that,’ or ‘I love that.’ We really connected and really talk about [everything] without being afraid to hurt someone's feelings.”

NS: “We [the cast of Stranger Things] all go together on the carpet. During the awards show, during the commercial breaks, we’ll get out of our seats and run to as many people as we can meet as possible in the given amount of time. Then after the show, usually we just hang out. We’re always at this hotel, so we go to the pool and hang out after the parties and stuff.”

NS: “I’m very grateful for the stuff and places I’ve gotten to go to, but I think one [super memorable] thing was the night we won the SAG award. It’s such a big moment to the show and us. We were up against so many amazing shows, and we never thought our show would win. When I was younger, I watched those shows and always dreamed of being onstage and winning the award, and that happened.”

PU: “I want to work with people who want to work with us, who really enjoy it and are happy, who want to do it not because it’s business but because they love the show, they love the kid, and we have a good relationship. I love the positive energy that we put into the look. I love Balmain, I love Olivier, so I requested. It’s a great brand to work with and I feel like it’s very known, yet at the same time it’s not Gucci or Vuitton. I love this idea of putting all of this very bling-bling thing on a little boy like him. Noah loves fashion; he wears what most of the children will never wear—for example, [Saturday] he wore pink shoes and he loved it.”

NS: “There will be these amazing actors that I’ll get to meet, and usually the conversation is the same kind of ‘Hey, oh my God, I’m such a huge fan of you! I love your movies. You’re awesome!’ Sometimes I’ll ask for advice. A lot of them are actually very, very nice, and it’s very cool to get to meet them all in person.”

NS: “You don’t even really believe that it’s true [when you’re nominated] and that it’s actually happening. It’s kind of like, ‘Oh pinch me, is this a dream?’ Even not winning any awards, just being nominated is like winning because you’re getting announced as part of the top whatever category for a certain show.”

NS: “I’m very excited to meet Uzo Aduba. I heard she was nominated for Orange Is the New Black, and I absolutely love her. I heard Shailene Woodley was going to be there, and she’s nominated for Big Little Lies, and I love her, too. I saw a lot of her movies and I’m a big fan of hers, so if I get to meet her I’d freak out.”

NS: “[Season two is] definitely a bigger, darker season. It’s more intense. You’re really on the edge of your seat while watching the season. And for Will, you get more into his story line. You’ll learn how the Upside Down affected him and how he’s coping with it with his family and friends.”

PU: “We did a big fitting during Comic-Con and we were deciding between a grey t-shirt and a blue t-shirt. He was like, ‘I don’t know, Philippe, what do you think?’ I thought the blue and so, against everyone, he went with the blue, and at that moment I realized he valued my work—he valued the fact that I am here for a reason and as he is good as an actor, he knows I am good as a stylist. He believes in what I do and this little thing made my day. He is a very good kid and he is surrounded by the right people—his parents are really amazing and I think they create a very good team. If they continue like this I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the top of it in a few years—like the top of the top of the top.”