TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Sadie Sink and Brendan Fraser attend "The Whale" Premiere during the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival at Royal Alexandra Theatre on September 11, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
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Starring In The Whale Gave Sadie Sink A New Perspective On Stranger Things
During an interview with The Backstage, Sadie Sink, who plays Max Mayfield on “Stranger Things,” shed some light on how filming Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” was transformative for her. The director’s “boot camp” made filming Max’s journey through complex trauma less daunting.
Sink elaborated, "It was really important that I had that experience, because I pushed myself as an actor further than I ever had before. When I returned to 'Stranger Things,' it was like I'd come back from boot camp or something. There was a shift; something clicked. It gave me a level of confidence that has stuck with me since."
Sink’s confidence is evident in Max's arc throughout Season 4 of the show. Sink was “pleasantly surprised, when it came to filming some of those scenes, that it wasn't hard to get into her head at all. It was such a release for Max to have those moments because those sides of her have been simmering in the background for a few seasons."
While working on the fourth season, Sink stated she enjoyed working with Aronofsky and, "the freedom to discuss, shake things up, and try new things” helped her “to tap into the sides of Max I had daydreamed for myself. [...] How is this trauma affecting her? How will she respond to this? Will Matt and Ross [Duffer] even put that into the script?"