Finn Wolfhard: ‘I have so much crazy energy’

Finn Wolfhard: ‘I have so much crazy energy’June 28, 2020

The teen star of Stranger Things can’t wait for lockdown to end so he can get his teeth back into acting, directing and being in his rock band. But first there’s the little matter of a Ghostbusters sequel to finish…

Not long into our conversation, the Canadian actor Finn Wolfhard rises from a couch and begins pacing the bright hallways of his parents’ Vancouver home, where he has been waiting out the pandemic. We are talking over Zoom, which he has downloaded on to his phone. And while he walks – while he carries me from one room to the next, describing the roles he’s played, the directors he admires, how he has been occupying himself during this odd time – he holds his phone at chest-height, so all I can do is gaze up at him, at his straight-line features and his long hair – a dark, thick tangle – and beyond him at the ceilings of his parents’ home, which are mostly wood-panelled and whitewashed, like the ceilings of a seaside cottage.

Once he gets up, he never sits down. It’s not that he’s jittery. While he’s usually relentlessly busy with work, a kinetic bundle of oomph, lockdown has forced Wolfhard to accept calm, to embrace the enforced quiet, which he has decided is a good thing. “You feel, like, kind of cleansed,” he says. “You feel 100% yourself.” His therapist, who he has been speaking to remotely, has given the period a name: The Great Pause. “I’ve had to learn how to be bored.”

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