On the eve of the release of season 4 of Strange thingsMaya Hawke, who plays Robin’s character, returned to the magazine SFX about the significance of his character’s departure in a series whose story is not uncommon.
Demogorgons, Mind Flayer, Telekinetic Powers and Russian Black Ops: Strange things has become accustomed to turning the brains of Netflix viewers everywhere. But in the small town of Hawkins in the 1980s, Robin Buckley’s lesbian outing had its own surprise effect. Because the first part of season 4 will hit our screens on May 27, followed by the second on May 1er July, the actress who plays Robin, Maya Hawke, spoke in the latest issue of SFX about the importance of showing LGBTQI + characters even when they are strange it’s not the focus of the story, Pinknews reports.
The young woman admits that she is not very comfortable with the negative reviews and tries to distance herself from public comments: “I am super sensitive and when [les critiques] they are bad, it affects me a lot “. So I could also anticipate any comments on the usefulness of incorporating a queer character into the science fiction series. “The story Robin is part of is not necessarily an LGBTQI + story, willingly grants to the magazine. It’s an adventure story, like everyone else, their sexual orientation is just one aspect of their personality. “ The actress is convinced that, at the same time, “There must be absolutely stories about queerness and homosexuality, which we explore and express. But there must also be gay characters and stories that are action and science fiction stories. That seems very important to me.”
A painful and moving exit
The season 4 trailer doesn’t tell us more about the evolution of Robin’s character. It focuses on the efforts of the different characters to resume normal life, obviously without success, and draws our attention to an unknown place, a mansion that seems to have some connection with the Upside Down … But if science fiction has priority, that of Robin. the coming out is not too much but it is a vector of very strong emotion on the part of Robin and also of the Steve, in whom it trusts. Needless to say, the current flowed well between the two, which could suggest the beginnings of a romantic relationship. In addition, Steve was clear about the feelings he was beginning to develop for the young woman. Except that people are gay, Steve. And Robin’s departure, while sitting on the bathroom floor, still drugged by the Russians, confirms the trust and friendship that has been established between the teenagers. Maya Hawke confirms that this relationship continues to grow in the fourth season: “They’re really there to protect and care for each other. Season 3 was kind of the story of them finding that friendship, and season 4 is definitely one of my favorite friends in the world. which one I played “.
In addition to the importance of staging a girl-boy friendship, the way Robin talks about her homosexuality says a lot about her mood and the view of her time regarding lesbians. Fear of rejection comes first: “You don’t know the girl I am. And if you really knew her, you probably wouldn’t want to be her friend anymore.” Coming out of the closet, she doesn’t utter the word “lesbian,” but rather makes Steve understand where she comes from in a more indirect way. “Remember what I said about Madame Clic’s class, the jealousy and the obsession I was in? It wasn’t because you like me, she finally lets go. It’s because Tammy Thompson kept looking at you. I wanted you to look at me. But I only had eyes for you and your damn hair. “ Who knows, this first step may have allowed him to take a step towards self-acceptance between season 3 and the one we are about to discover.
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