Strange things star Jamie Campbell Bower has received praise and support for her decision to speak publicly about her struggle with addiction.
The British actor, who plays the evil Vecna in the mega-hit, posted on social media that he was celebrating seven and a half years of sobriety and shared his experience of addiction and receiving hospital treatment.
His post received thousands of likes and replies from his nearly one million followers.
Nat Travis, a spokesman for addiction charity Turning Point, told the BBC of the positive effect such a high-profile figure could have on other people seeking support, making him “a little less frightening”.
“A figure like Jamie who can go out and do this helps people identify what can happen to anyone,” he said.
Campbell Bower, who previously appeared on the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawnhas enjoyed a new fan base through his portrayal of Strange things’ Neighbor. She recently told the BBC how excited she was to see Kate Bush back on the charts, following the use of her song ‘Running Up That Hill’ in a key scene in the supernatural thriller.
For her role as the monstrous Vecna, Campbell Bower spent eight hours a day putting on makeup, ending with a 15-minute session dedicated to coating it in lube to make it “glossy.”
He also described creating a “mood panel” to help get into a scary mode, adding images of characters you would interact with.
“I spent quite a bit of time alone, walking around saying the same thing over and over again, looking the next guy on the moodboard in the eye.”