Shannon Purser Says This is Why People Love Barb on 'Stranger Things'

Shannon Purser Says This is Why People Love Barb on 'Stranger Things'

Shannon Purser‘s Barb on Stranger Things is an almost universally beloved character.

In a new interview, the 20-year-old actress gets candid about the public’s response to Barb and why she thinks people identified with her character and loved her so much. (#JusticeForBarb didn’t start trending for no reason.)

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“It was fascinating to me,” Shannon told Deadline. “It still blows me away that she got the kind of response that she did. A lot of it, I think, is timing.”

Shannon also thinks that people connected with Barb in a special way because she wasn’t “conventional,” or comfortable in social gatherings.

“I think a lot of people definitely relate to the people who are less than conventional – at least by Hollywood standards – people who are an outcast and awkward,” she continued, “because more often than not, we don’t feel like the cool, popular kid who had everything together in high school.”

“Most of us have been a third wheel or have been stuck at a party we didn’t want to be at. I think there’s definitely this fondness about Barb and her situation because we’ve all been there before.”

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