Born in 2002, Sadie was born digital (there was no tech-revolution, it’s always been there). How did you go about getting into the 1984 mindset? “I know the other kids were instructed to watch movies and stuff like that but I didn’t really,” she admits. “I just asked my parents. I knew more about the fashion trends and music rather than what it was actually like. I asked my parents a lot of stuff.”
“You know, my mum would be like ‘we’d listen to the radio and find out what the top 40 was,’ and it’s like ‘no apple music?’ [laughs].” While designer’s have been quick to tap into the 1980s zeitgeist of late, Sink’s personal style is less retro-inspired. “I’m not big on print,” she admits. “I love brands like Kate Spade; fun but at the same time sophisticated.”
Currently, the young actress has amassed 219k Instagram followers – but she is conscious of the pressures Generation Selfie and social media can put on young women. “It’s good and bad,” after a pause for thought. “There’s too many negative comments and posts on social media for it to be acceptable and it makes things a lot harder [when you’re a teenager]. I have an Instagram but I don’t go on it all the time.” A snoop on her account and it’s pretty normal – excluding a couple of fashion shoots and a picture hugging former Helen Mirren – from snaps of her younger sister (they look identical) to trick or treating with her pals.
I get the impression that the fame side of celebrity isn’t something that interests her. How was it working with the poster ‘It’ girl of the 90s, Winona Ryder? “So cool – my mum had seen her in everything,” she says. “She’s this 80s and 90s icon. But to me she’s just Winona.” Sadie speaks fondly of her teen co-stars too, they all share a “super special bond” now. “We’re this one big family,” Sadie says. “It’s kind of powerful – you know you’re going to be friends with these people for the rest of your lives.”
Stranger Things 2 will be available on Netflix on October 27